I had planned months before on making orange velvet cupcakes for Halloween and was going to improvise a recipe. Much to my delight, almost by accident, I found this one over at The Swell Life. They came out really delicious. The only change I made was to add a bit more gel food coloring (Wilton's Orange). I wanted to deepen the color a bit.
For the frosting, I used Magnolia Bakery's vanilla buttercream recipe. I colored one half with Wilton's Orange and the other with Wilton's black loaded them side by side into a disposable pastry bag and swirled away.
I was thrilled with the baking results. The photographs, not so much. Because I was on a baking tear to as many October and November posts finished before I left for NYC last week, I rushed my usual process and wasn't too careful about the lighting for these pictures. I apologize for the glare.The cupcakes looked way better in real life. Pinky swear.
I also planned on decorating them with black sparkly mini spider cookies. Again, no time. Be he didn't seem to mind....