Sometimes holidays sneak up on you, and as much as you want to have an awesome costume, pumpkin, etc, it doesn’t happen. I somehow managed to send a Halloween care package to my friends in ANOTHER COUNTRY, which involves more serendipity than luck, yet have sadly neglected this holiday.
So it’s the day before Halloween and what am I going to bake? I realized that one of my favorite recipes is actually not on my blog. It’s a funfetti red cake from a professional pastry chef named Fanny, who currently writes on Like A Strawberry Milk but the recipe is on her old blog FoodBeam. She folds in shredded beets into the white cake batter so it’s moist but also delightfully speckled red. I also love Smitten Kitchen’s Red Wine Cake.
Here’s some autumn themed sweets. Notice the abundance of cinnamon and caramel. Anything can be Halloween themed if you have orange sprinkles or a pumpkin cookie cutter.
- Chocolate Cherry Turnovers
- Vampire Brownies
- Millionaire’s Shortbread
- Butter Cake
- Cinnamon Puffs (just think if you had orange or black sanding sugar)
- Berry Cheesecake (I think it would be great if you used strawberries and spelled “Help” in the swirls)
But after a month of Halloween candy in the office, maybe you’re feeling something savory. I unintentionally made some ghoulish looking thai noodle soup the other day with some leftover purple cabbage. It turned it into a milky purple color, which does look like witches’ brew. The noodles turned purple too. But pumpkin is an old favorite too.