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Bloody Scream Macarons

Scream Macarons

The Movie

The groundbreaking 1996 slasher film Scream was the first gory flick to successfully cross over into the mainstream, paving the way for future films in the genre. The film lead to 3 sequels and an MTV episodic remake. Most importantly, it created one of the most recognizable killers- Ghostface. The mask for Ghostface, reportedly found by the director when scouting for locations, is a simple Halloween store mask. To be honest, it’s not even that scary looking! However, the success and scares brought by Scream make the black and white mask an iconic and unforgettable image.

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Hocus Pocus “Booook!” Brownies

Hocus Pocus Brownies

(Photography: Ian Michelman)

In 1993, director Kenny Ortega introduced the world to the spooky and wacky world of Hocus Pocus. In Salem, Massachusetts, the reincarnated Sanderson sisters roam free on Halloween night, set on their goal of sucking souls from all of the children.

Hocus Pocus follows main character Max Dennison, (played by Omri Katz,) a teenager new to Salem from Los Angeles. He links up with local Allison and the pair light the infamous Black Flame Candle, -accidentally resurrecting three witches- The Sanderson sisters. Played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy, the three antagonists of the film are a dysfunctional, yet lovable, trio of goofy witches.

 

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Cakes, In the News

A Cake in Honor of the Nation’s Creepy Clowns

Creepy Clown Cake

I hope I don’t lose followers because of this, but it is NEWS people! Creepy clowns are plaguing the nation. This is quite possibly the most absurd bit of news I’ve ever heard (although let’s be real, nothing can compete with this election.)

If you haven’t heard yet, this all began in Greenville, North Carolina. Police received reports of creepy clowns supposedly standing at the edge of the woods, attempting to lure children in. Whether or not these reports were truthful, we have no way of knowing. However, the important part is these police reports made national news. That national news presumably inspired others across the country to dress up as clowns. Who are you people?!

Clown Smile

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Decadent Red Wine Hot Chocolate

What are the two greatest indulgences? Wine and chocolate. You can try to argue, but I wouldn’t. These two treats are possibly the greatest gifts to bless the earth.

Since wine is a gift straight from the gods, it makes sense that we have an official day dedicated to red wine alone- and it’s today! Happy Red Wine Day!** If you didn’t know about this holiday, I’m happy to be the one to share the news. You now have, on your calendar, and excuse to drink today (not that you needed one.)

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Easy Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes

We’ve all been through it. It’s barely the beginning of September and suddenly murmurs start to fill the air. “PSL” these voices say. Pumpkin Spice Latte. Starbucks created an unstoppable force and they capitalize greatly on it during all the months that can even remotely qualify as autumn. It’s a movement.

So I’m giving into the hype! Pumpkin. Spice. Latte. Cupcakes! In my opinion, these are better than the actual latte, which I am not even the biggest fan of. Don’t get me wrong, I love pumpkin,  love coffee. And yet somehow, the PSL just doesn’t live up to the hype for me. These cupcakes, however, can live up to any amount of hype you want to give them. With a dense, cinnamon-y, pumpkin cake and a fluffy whipped vanilla frosting, they are reminiscent of the famous beverage, but in my opinion better in all the right ways.

What’s even better? This recipe is easy. It modifies a boxed cake mix (no shame, you don’t have to tell anyone,) by substituting out a few ingredients to create the pumpkin and coffee flavors. You could also try making these cupcakes with a box of spice cake mix rather than yellow, and omitting the pumpkin pie spice. That would also be very good. So experiment, have fun with it, and enjoy an edible form of America’s favorite fall beverage!

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Halloween Cheesecake

Halloween Cheesecake

Look at these cakes! Pumpkin spice with chocolate crust and spooky designs- they are the epitome of October sweets! I never knew about this technique for piping on cheesecakes, but now that I’ve tried it I don’t want to stop. Does it look complicated? Because it is so easy. All you need is some spare cocoa powder, a piping bag, and a steady hand. I chose to make these 3 designs, but your options are limitless! I’m already planning out what designs I want to make for the Christmas season. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

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