There were two birthday desserts that were staples in our house growing up – Chocolate Éclair and Angel Food Cake. I often opted for the Angel Food Cake and my mom would make her special raspberry glaze to drizzle over the top. Seriously, my mouth is watering just thinking about it!
Over the years, Angel Food Cake is still a family favorite, but my sister has up the ante by making it from scratch! Yes, from scratch! I’m still not at her level and cut corners by baking a box mix, but I try to make up for it with the icing. This time around I whipped together a maple bourbon glaze and sprinkled walnuts on top of the cake. It’s interesting how the simplest tweak to a recipe can make it feel fresh and new.
Maple Bourbon Walnut Angel Food Cake
- Angel food cake mix (and require ingredients)
- 1 C. powdered sugar
- 2 Tbs. bourbon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 C. crushed walnuts
- Bake angel food cake according to instructions and let cool
- Mix the powdered sugar, bourbon, vanilla and salt until smooth
- Drizzle the bourbon glaze over the cake and garnish with walnuts
Whether you are hosting a Halloween party or planning on a cozy evening at home, this spooky Goblin cocktail is sure to put you in the festive mood! Bonus: This simple recipe won’t leave you stranded in a grocery aisle hopelessly looking for obscure ingredients. We’ve all experienced that one too many times! (Darn you, elderflower syrup.)
This is a simple cocktail, but you can spice it up by using spooky Halloween gummy candy as a garnish. I choose gummy eyeballs, but if you can’t find them at your grocery store gummy worms would work as well!
Halloween Goblin Cocktail
- Cranberry Juice
- Black sugar sprinkles
- Gummy eyeballs
- Evenly distribute black sugar sprinkles onto a plate. Using a damp paper towel, wet the rim of the glass and place on to the plate to coat the rim in sprinkles.
- Pour one shot of vodka into the glass and top with cranberry juice
- Garnish with gummy eyeballs and enjoy!
Last weekend I was tiding up the house when I realized – it was the middle of October and I hadn’t put up our Halloween decorations! I quickly ran to the closet, teetered on top of a chair, and pulled down our holiday box. As I placed jack-o-lantern votives and pumpkins around the apartment it started to feel more festive – but something was missing.
All of our decorations were displayed on tabletops and failed to bring interest to our walls. As I contemplated how to solve this, an idea popped into my head! So I asked Ian to go on a walk with me so I could search for twigs.
Ian, being the sweetest husband, agreed to help me look for twigs. We parted ways and when we met back up he had a whole arm full of sticks! After sorting through our piles, I selected one that I thought would be perfect.
Once we got home I wrapped yarn around the stick, trimmed it into a V-shape, and twisted glittered spiders on the yarn to make a quick and easy Halloween DIY wall hang!