BLACK CAT CUPCAKES
Carve a pumpkin, play spooky games, or come for an early support and go on “tricks-or-treats” together. Masks or made-up faces and costumes are essential for this party.
Bake any flavor of our layer cake mixes in paper baking cups as directed on package. Prepare our fluffy white frosting mix as directed on package or Fluffy Frosting (below). Tint orange with 1 to 2 drops each red and yellow food color. Frost cupcakes.
Decorate each with a gumdrop cat: Slice 1-inch black gumdrops horizontally into 3 slices. Use small rounded slice each for head, largest slice for body; cut tail and ears from third slice.
2 egg whites (1/4 cup)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar or 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
Combine egg whites, sugar, cream of tartar and water in top of double boiler. Beat on high speed 1 minute with electric mixer. Place over boiling water (water should not touch bottom of pan); beat on high speed 7 minutes. Remove pan from boiling water; add vanilla. Beat 2 minutes longer on high speed.
Serve Witches Cauldron Soup (and vegetable soup) from a large bowl set inside a kettle covered with black paper. If served in mugs, children can drink broth and spoon out vegetables.
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