Step 1: Supplies
- Cupcake Mix (any flavor)
- Frosting (any flavor, but you'll need it to be green)
- Mini Oreos (I bought 2 $1 packs from Target and that was plenty)
- Normal Sized Oreos
- Brown Candy Melts (you'll need very few)
- Green Candy Melts (you'll need very few, way less than pictured)
- Orange Candy Melts (I used a whole bag to dunk all of the mini oreos shown and three big oreos)
- Brown Sprinkles
Supplies You Shouldn't Eat:
Step 2: Dunking Oreos
To get ready to dunk your Oreos, get a piece of wax paper out. You will need a pretty big piece if you do as many as I did. Then, in a container, carefully melt your candy melts. Gather your Oreos and you are ready to go!
My initial idea for dunking these Oreos, was to stick toothpicks in the cream and then dunk them like that so I could easily remove the toothpick after they were dunked. This does not work. Because the candy melts are so dense, they cause the toothpick to act as a lever and instead of dunking it in and taking it out all nicely, it pries your Oreo apart and causes a mess.
So, to dunk my oreos, I just threw them in the candy melts and used a fork to get them out. Sometimes they had too much coating and when they did I would lightly press them against the side of the bowl to get off some of the excess. Once they were dunked, I carefully set them on the wax paper. I put them so they were standing on their side if I could.
Step 3: Stems and Leaves
Heat up your chocolate candy melts first. Prepare a ziplock bag and you will be using a #4 round tip. I show in the pictures above how I did the stems. It's fairly simple. All I really tried to make sure I did was got a nice thick stem that sort of stuck up. Their stems aren't always that long, so you just need a little stubby one on top.
Heat up your green candy melts for your stems. I used 12 pieces and it was definitely enough. Now just draw some vines on your pumpkins. I did a couple leaves using the same method as the stems, except, in stead of pulling up and away from the pumpkin, I kinda of went along the pumpkin. You can see a little leaf in Photo 5. With your extra green, draw some vines on your wax paper. I put these on some of the cupcakes later, just for a little extra something, something.
*Tip: Since you don't really get the zip lock dirty because the candy melts are wrapped in cling wrap, you can use both corners of the bag. Then you only need one bag to do the stems and the vines.
**Another Tip: Make sure when you put the melts in the cling wrap, that you really twist the ends and get the candy melts all grouped in the middle. Otherwise they will spread out in the cling wrap as they melt and as you smush them.
Step 4: Putting Together Your Pumpkin Patch
For the Great Pumpkin, you are going to need to cut a slice out of the pumpkin. See photos 8 - 10. Once you cut out the slice and frost it, make sure you remember where it is because it is hard to tell once the cupcake is frosted :)
Now you can put your pumpkins on all of your cupcakes and throw some vines in as well. I tried to make it look like the vines were coming from under the pumpkins (though, I know the vines would be around the stems).