Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Fortune Cakes (Halloween #6)

Halloween has always been a time for fortune telling.  Making Fortune Cakes are a fun way to do this.  It can lead to conversations and is always good for a laugh.  For this food project, you will need to have all three components for this to really work: 1) Cupcakes, 2) Charms, 3) Charm Key.

You can purchase store bought cupcakes if you are completely out of time and insert charms, but I always find that it's worth it to make your own.

I made some quick pumpkin spice cupcakes.  Here is the recipe.

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
1 box Yellow Cake Mix
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Ginger
1/4 tsp Clove
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
8 oz Pumpkin
1 cup Water
Brown Sugar
Pre-Made Cream Cheese Frosting

1. Mix  everything together in a bowl, except for the brown sugar and cream cheese frosting.  If your particular cake mix calls for egg, go ahead and add in egg, but cut back on the water - use 3/4 cup of water.
2. Line your cupcake pan with cupcake cups and heat your oven to 350F.
3. Fill each cupcake cup only 3/4 of the way full of your cake mix.
4. Sprinkle brown sugar on each cupcake.  This will give each cupcake a little crunch and a little extra sweetness.
5. Bake for 23-28 minutes or until the cupcakes are firm.  These cupcakes are going to be moist due to the pumpkin!
6. Pull out the cupcakes and allow them to cool.
7. Once the cupcakes are cool, frost each one with cream cheese frosting.  You can add brown sugar  on top of the cupcakes or you can add sprinkles or a piece of candy or whatever.
8. If you add your charms, add them at the very end to avoid the ribbons from getting dirty.  Be sure that the entire charm is hidden in the frosting.

I would suggest using metal charms attached to ribbon.  You can find these at craft stores.  Be sure to have one for each guest attending.  Definitely ask people to RSVP.  I found silver plated charms at Michaels (craft store) for $1.99 each.
Charms with Orange Ribbon

Charm Key
I would recommend having a few keys printed out for people to use.  You can make them up, but here are some suggestions.

Airplane - You will travel in the near future.
Dollar Sign - Wealth will come your way.
Horseshoe or Four-Leaf Clover - You will have great luck in the near future.
Puzzle Piece - You will have a great epiphany about life.
Star - 15 minutes of fame will come your way.
Key - There is a hurdle in life that you will overcome.
Button - Someone is looking for your assistance.
Heart - Love and romance is destined for you.
Horse - Beware of a future gamble.
Fish - You will find joy in simple things.
Thimble - You will remain alone.
Skull - Someone will die.

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