Food Network Magazine's Halloween Cupcakes

Food Network Magazine challenge readers to dream up some great new Halloween cupcake ideas. Here are the winners. 

Bubbling Cauldron by Lina Nykorchuk from Toronto

Halve a plain medium-sized cake doughnut horizontally, then press one half, cut-side down, onto a chocolate-frosted cupcake. Cover the doughnut with chocolate frosting, then pipe green frosting into the doughnut hole. Roll the bottom edge of the frosting in red sugar crystals. Cut a small piece of black licorice string and insert the ends into the doughnut so it stands up like a handle. Add a pretzel rod stirrer and a piece of cotton candy for smoke.

Pumpkin Patch by Gina Nalbone from Hamilton, NJ

Break apart shredded wheat into hay-like pieces and pile the strands onto a frosted cupcake (try a pumpkin spice cupcake with maple frosting), then add a cluster of mini candy pumpkins.

Haunted Forest by Tiffany Aguilar from Pasadena, TX

Melt chopped semisweet chocolate in the microwave in 15-second intervals, stirring, until smooth. Transfer to a squeeze bottle and draw a tree on wax paper; refrigerate until set. Melt white chocolate and transfer to a squeeze bottle; pipe onto the branches to make ghosts. Add chocolate sprinkles for eyes and return to the refrigerator to set. Crush chocolate wafer cookies and sprinkle onto a frosted cupcake. Cut a small slit in the top of the cupcake and insert the tree.

Wicked Witch

To make the evil witch's legs, roll orange fondant into two 3-inch-long ropes. Mold small pieces of black fondant into shoes and press onto the legs. Place the legs on a plate and use black decorating gel to draw striped tights. Put a green-frosted cupcake upside down on top of the legs.

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