Forever Nigella: Halloween Horrors

After having a month off from Forever Nigella, I was excited to get back to this cooking group in time for Halloween! However, this month’s theme requires that a scary twist be added to any submission. Two of the suggestions were scary pea soup with cobweb cream or eyeballs in trifle. I knew that I wanted to use Nigella’s Butterfly Cupcakes recipe from Nigella Express, but I needed to do some research on how to make the cupcakes spooky-looking.

My co-worker (Codename: Metiche) showed me the October issue of Martha Stewart Living, which featured bleeding cupcakes with shards of clear, caramelized “broken glass”. This sounded too fun to pass up. I was all ready to do this but The Peach Kitchen beat me to it (and in a really creative way)! So instead, I took a page from my own blog and resurrected the “eyeball” look onto my cupcakes. I think it worked!

"I always feel like somebody's watching me!"

If you want to join us next month for Forever Nigella, check out Sarah’s blog at Maison Cupcake for the rules! (Trust me, they’re easy and not that many!)


53 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alison
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 08:20:02

    I love your eyeballs!! So creepy and yet I want to eat them NOW!

  2. Chaya
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 08:28:05

    You really pulled it off. These are fantasatic.

  3. Parsley Sage
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 09:14:41

    These are fantastic! I…think…they’re staring at me šŸ™‚

  4. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 10:22:12

    Scary! Love your eyeball cupcakes!

  5. Three-Cookies
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 10:32:29

    Creative. Did you end up eating your own eyeballs?:)

  6. Eileen
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 10:32:30

    Cute! I’m curious as to what a “butterfly cupcake” is, though. Perhaps they’re so light, they could fly away. hehe.

  7. Ronda
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 10:57:11

    Creepy Halloween Goodness!

  8. Inger Wilkerson
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 11:30:03

    These look great–and actually doable by someone without an art degree. (You should have seen my attempt at Easter cookies–not pretty. That one didn’t make the blog)

  9. spicegirlfla
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 13:25:26

    These are really fun!! I think it definitely worked!!

  10. sally
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 13:37:27

    These cupcakes look great! I think I might be weird to bite into an eye ball though. šŸ™‚

  11. Melanie
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 14:27:43

    The eyeballs are very *eye* catching šŸ™‚ So bright, so cute. Nice job!

  12. ceciliag
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 14:46:43

    So sweet,. and scary! kids will love them c

  13. thebigfatnoodle
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 16:46:50

    Hahaha, love the design!! So perfect for Halloween šŸ™‚ and don’t you just love nigella!?! One of my best froend’s has a mega crush on her šŸ™‚

  14. TrafficDiva
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 17:39:44

    I had to comment on the song reference if nothing else!! Perfect Halloween theme song for perfect halloween treats! =)

    Thanks-a-Lot, Yummy…that song and the visual of your cupcakes will be in my head the rest of the day! LOL!!

  15. JamieAnne
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 17:46:05

    These. Look. Awesome.

    Great job!

  16. newlywed
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 20:08:10

    Nigella Express is one of my favorite cookbooks — but I haven’t tried those cupcakes yet. I’ve read it so many times that I can visualize the page! (See, I’m the crazy girl who reads cookbooks in bed!)

  17. Simply Life
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 20:09:36

    ha I love the eyeball addition!

  18. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 22:04:01

    My eye, my eye! Ha, I couldn’t resist.

  19. Meri
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 23:09:14

    haha- those are so cool! I’m getting into the halloween treats this year!

  20. sophia
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 00:15:57

    eeee bloody eyeballs! Yeah they worked! The only problem is that I kinda want a huge bite out of one…hahaha! šŸ˜‰

  21. Miriam Barton
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 00:18:23

    Perfect for Halloween!! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  22. eatinglikeahorse
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 00:38:16

    They’re brilliant! So creative and Forever Nigella sounds a great idea too; off to check it out šŸ™‚

  23. Reem | Simply Reem
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 01:24:31

    Perfect Perfect Perfect!!!!!
    Those eye balls looks perfect for halloween, scary and creepy…..
    I had never imagined That i would crave eyeballs LOL

  24. April @ The 21st Century Housewife
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 04:13:33

    I love how you have decorated these cupcakes! They look amazing!

  25. Cakelaw
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 05:11:06

    Love those eyeballs – definitely scary!

  26. peachkins
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 05:38:26

    Those are creepy eyeballs!

    BTW, you can still make the cupcakes, they are pretty cool…

  27. Barbara
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 05:38:42

    Those eyeballs are really frightening! Love Halloween posts!

  28. JasmyneTea
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 06:04:39

    I love Halloween, I wish we celebrated it here! Still, who needs an excuse to make scary, creepy eyeball cupcakes? I might whip them out at the next christening I’m invited to šŸ˜›

  29. Sarah, Maison Cupcake
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 08:04:41

    Thank you for entering this month’s Forever Nigella! These eyeballs look brilliant!

  30. forgottenbeast
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 08:27:04

    Those “stabbed” cupcakes are cool, but I LOVE your eyeballs! Haha, out of context, that’s a ridiculous comment. In context, it’s too true.

  31. Lisa @smartfoodandfit
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 09:52:00

    These look great! Reminds me of that Michael Jackson song, “I got a feeling that somebodies watching me!”

  32. Liz
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 12:50:34

    These are SO cute!! What a great idea for Halloween (and I always appreciate something I can possibly recreate…no fancy piping :)). I need to get back on the Forever Nigella bandwagon~

  33. Kristin & Megan (@BonBonRoseGirls)
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 13:11:51

    Those are so fun! I bet my little man would love them!

  34. Stefanie
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 13:28:37

    Hehe look fantastic šŸ™‚ Definitely creepy little cupcakes!

  35. rebecca
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 16:05:30

    such fun love it

  36. Taylor
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 18:02:00

    These are so fun for Halloween!

  37. kitchenbelleicious
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 19:18:14

    happy creepy and fun and scary and delicious all at the same time. Awesome job-

  38. erica
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 20:11:33

    Oh my goodness how creepy and unique are these cupcakes I just love them.


  39. Vicki Bensinger
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 20:17:35

    Great eyeball cupcakes! I bet the kids will love them, if you happen to share them with anyone. They do look spooky!

  40. Ameena
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 21:02:05

    These are adorable! You are so talented…love it.

  41. muppy
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 22:30:45

    hahaa, very funny!

  42. Vianney Rodriguez (@sweetlifebake)
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 22:40:03

    OMG!! those are so cute,creepy,scary good!! love them!!

  43. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 23:56:38

    I love the eyeball. Very deliciously creepy. šŸ™‚

  44. Holly
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 07:24:45

    Oh I love these!!! Too cute!

  45. Laural @ Being Healthier
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 07:43:40

    I’ve got my eyes on you

    Love those. Great idea! I’ve made brain cookies in the past when I was studying for my BS in neuroscience. Such a nerd. šŸ™‚

  46. Laural @ Being Healthier
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 07:44:13

    and i need to get Martha Stewart October issue apparently- sounds like some ridiculous ideas there

  47. Beth
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 10:02:25

    What a spooky looking cupcake! Very creative.

  48. cooking varieties
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 11:29:59

    hi yummy chunklet.. this is really suitable for your halloween party.. the eye balls will tend to make the mind wanders and search for more scary stuff

  49. foodfashionandflow
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 13:50:00

    Spooky! My son would love this!

  50. Kelly
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 15:52:47

    Oh these are *so* fun – my boys would absolutely love them. Thank you for the idea!

  51. Yuri
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 21:18:13

    Spooky! I don’t celebrate Halloween but enjoy all the fun treats of the season. Happy blogaversary, for some reason I can’t comment on your blogaversary post. Fun stuff going on here, as always šŸ™‚ Panda hugs! xo

  52. Jay
    Oct 28, 2011 @ 05:43:19

    Ohhh my….this looks amazing..
    excellent preparation..
    Tasty Appetite

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