There’s no trick to making these Halloween treats

A spooktacular twist on the popular unicorn cake craze, this unicorn witch cake is a sweet treated. This cake was decorated by Cari Pope, decorator and assistant manager at Sweet Tooth Bakery in Winchester. Ashley Miller/Daily

Area businesses shared these recipes that are sure to be a hit at any Halloween party:

Witch’s Brew

Nothing quite says Halloween like a red beverage. It’s one of the easiest ways to set a creepy mood. Use a cauldron to mix up a batch of this perfect party punch.

  • 2 bottles of Petite Verdot
  • 24 ounces sparkling apple cider
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Coy Ferrell, marketing director for the Bogaty Family Wine Group, said this beverage was a huge hit at last year’s Halloween bash.

“We wanted to create a fun drink,” he said. “It was quirky and fun, which fit the mood of the costume party.”

Harry Potter’s Butterbeer

No need to take a trip to the Three Broomsticks for this popular wizarding beverage. Harry Potter fans can now easily make this sweet and cold beverage at home which, paired perfectly with kettle corn, gives grown-up wizards and witches alike an excuse to indulge this Halloween.

“You end up with a frothy sweet drink like Harry and his friends would drink on their visits to the village of Hogsmeade,” said Sue Daniels, owner of 0-60 Energy Café in Winchester.

  • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup butterscotch topping (such as for ice cream)
  • 2 tablespoons of real butter

Melt these ingredients together in a microwave-safe measuring cup or bowl for one minute.

Spoon 2-3 tablespoons of the mixture into a 12-ounce glass.  Add ice until glass is half full.  Pour in your favorite brand of cream soda and stir.  Makes about four glasses.

Roasted Pumpkin and Goat Cheese Pizza

Surprise those hungry ghouls and ghosts with this Halloween-inspired pumpkin pizza recipe from 3FiresOven food truck by turning those chunks of pumpkin or squash into pizza perfection by caramelizing them.

  • 1 pizza dough (handmade or store bought)
  • 1 pizza sauce (handmade or store bought)
  • Pumpkin, seeded, peeled, cut into 2cm-thick slices or Kobocha squash
  • 2 red onions, cut into thick wedges
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • 1/2 cup coarsely grated mozzarella
  • 4.2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • Basil leaves

Preheat oven to 392 degrees. Combine pumpkin, red onions, and olive oil in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper. Place the pumpkin mixture, in a single layer, on the prepared tray. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the pumpkin is tender. Set aside to cool. Increase oven temperature to 446 degrees. Top the pizzas with coarsely grated mozzarella. Top with the pumpkin mixture and goat cheese, crumbled. Bake, swapping the trays halfway through cooking, for 20 minutes or until the mozzarella melts and the base is crisp. Top with basil leaves.

Witch Unicorn Cake

This spooktacular unicorn cake recipe by Sweet Tooth Bakery in Winchester  takes a spooky twist on the original trendy unicorn cake concept by highlighting its cuteness, just in time for Halloween.

Lemon Layer Cake

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened

1 1/4 cup granulated sugar

3 eggs, separated

3/4 cup sour cream

Grated peel of one lemon

Prepare two 8-inch round cake pans with wax paper or non-stick spray.

In medium bowl, combine dry ingredients. In separate large bowl, cream butter and sugar with electric mixer. Beat in egg yolks, one at a time until light in color. Add flour mixture alternately with sour cream, beating just until smooth. With clean beaters and bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Fold beaten egg whites and lemon peel into batter. Pour into pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes, remove from pan and cool completely before frosting.

Decorator Buttercream Icing

1 cup solid vegetable shortening

1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened

2 tsp. clear vanilla

8 cups sifted confectioner’s sugar (2 pounds)

4 tablespoons milk or water (as needed for desired consistency)

In large bowl, beat shortening and butter with electric mixer. Add vanilla.

Gradually add sugar, 1 to 2 cups at a time, beating well on medium speed and scraping sides and bottom of bowl occasionally. Gradually add milk or water and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Divide and color as needed, adding a bit more liquid especially to portion needed to spread on cake.

Instructions for assembling Witch Unicorn Cake:

Base ice cake with green frosting.

Airbrush sugar cone with black food coloring or ice with black frosting.

Insert 2 small sugar cookies that have been frosted appropriately (or use your imagination on what to use!)

Prepare piping bags with star tips with purple, orange and black icing.

Flow icing onto cake to create mane.

Lastly, use small round tip on black piping bag to draw eyes and lashes.

 

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