Halloween Cake -An unBOOlievable Recipe!

Our unBOOlievable Halloween Cake is the ultimate centrepiece for your next Halloween party! Although this cake will steal the show, it’s really not that difficult to make. The cake itself is a two-layer mud cake, and the decorations are easy to make with the kids!



2 x mud cakes or chocolate cakes (you can make your own or buy them pre-made)

Orange frosting



Lindt Eye Balls


Ingredients: White Lindt Chocolate Balls, Red, Black and Green Writing Icing

Directions: Make squiggly lines from a centre point of the chocolate ball. Make a small circle of icing for the iris and a black pupil.

Pretzel Monsters


Ingredients: Pretzels, white and milk chocolate buttons, green M&M’s and black writing icing

Directions: Melt chocolate via instructions on the packet (be careful it burns easily). Dip pretzels into the chocolate and let set. With a little melted chocolate stick M&M’s to the pretzel for eyes and add a dot of icing to each one for pupils. You can also add scary mouths with the icing as well!

Kit Kat Fingers


Ingredients: Kit Kat (we used mint swirl), almonds and icing.

Directions: Break/cut Kit Kat’s into fingers and with some icing stick some almond fingernails on! Easy!

Tim Tam Tombstones


Ingredients: Tim Tams and Writing Icing

Directions: Using the writing icing, write RIP or draw crosses onto the end of a Tim Tam. You can draw just about anything that you wish!

Cherry Ripe Gates / Gravestones


Ingredients: Cherry Ripe and Cherry Ripe Bites

Directions: Cut the end of each Cherry Ripe on an angle (make sure you cut it from different corners so you don’t end up with everything on the same angle).

Various Lollies and Candy

We used Darrell Lea BB’s Chocolate Mint and Orange Balls, Reece Mixers, Nutella & GO! and Mini Oreos.

TO DECORATEconstruction

This is where you get to let your creative side take over! Start with pouring the orange frosting over the cake. You could then add some chocolate (ice magic or similar) drips down the side. Then place the bigger pieces on the cake and layer the decorations, finishing off with the little bits and pieces!


If, after all your hard work, you need a drink (or two) then the Carnival Cruise Tips blog has some Chilling Halloween Cocktails for you to try and for more decor inspiration then check out their Decorations To Die For (well not really die, but you know what we mean!!).

Happy Halloween!

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Spooktastic Seas Blood Orange Ship Jelly (Jello) Cup Halloween Recipe

Are you hosting a Halloween themed party and want to create an easy menu item with your kids? Then these fun BLOOD ORANGE JELLY (JELLO) CUPS are the perfect way to get creative in the kitchen!

Follow our easy recipe to whip up these spooktastic ship cups in minutes!


Spooktastic Seas Blood Orange Ship Jelly Cup Halloween Recipe


1 box of blue jelly (we used Aeroplane Jelly in Blue Heaven flavour)
1 Blood orange or ruby grapefruit (any citrus fruit will work -but we like the red colour!)Lollipops (or suckers)

Other Items

Plastic cups
Long / short toothpicks
Card stock or stickers



Prepare the jelly following the instructions on the box and pour into small clear cups or glasses, filling the cups almost to the top. Let this set in the refrigerator for AT LEAST 4 hours.

To Decorate

Once the jelly has set, cut the blood orange into wedges. If you are using grapefruit or mandarins then you will need to peel your fruit and separate into segments.

We inserted a toothpick into the bottom of our lollipop and then pushed this though our blood orange wedge and then into the middle of our jelly cups.

Note: If you are making a sail instead of using a lollipop then stick a triangular “sail” to a toothpick “mast” and then insert this into the fruit and jelly.

These Spooktastic Seas Blood Orange Ship Jelly Cups are simple to make and perfect for your Halloween celebrations!

With nothing left to do but enjoy your jelly cups, you may want to plan some other tasty treats to dish out when the mini monsters come knocking.

A perfect place to start is https://cruisetips.carnival.com.au/carnival-fun/halloween/tricks-for-baking-the-tastiest-halloween-treats/ for tasty Halloween treats which are guaranteed to make your guests howl with delight!

Happy Halloween!

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Kidding Around … with Cobs Popcorn

Remember when we introduced you to Cobsmacking popcorn manufacturer Cobs Popcorn? They generously donated a hamper worth $100 filled to the brim of assorted Cobs Popcorn flavours for our Random Acts of Kid-ness benefiting Justin and his family.

The benefit raised more than $23,000 on the day and we were happy to be involved in a small but meaningful way.


Cobs Popcorn is Australian made using only natural ingredients, no additives, colours or preservatives and is produced in a nut-free factory. There are organic options available as well so it makes the perfect guilt free snack for everyone in the family!


Cobs Popcorn comes in 11 flavours, in 3 ranges: Organic – Lightly Salted, Slightly Sweet and Sea Salt ; Natural – Lightly Salted, Slightly Sweet, Sea Salt, Cheddar Cheese, Butter, Coco Crunch, Nacho Cheese, Sea Salt & Cider Vinegar and Aged White Cheddar ; Favourites – Caramel, Dark Chocolate Caramel and Milk Chocolate Caramel.

Our favourite is Lightly Salted, Slightly Sweet, closely followed by the classic Butter flavor.

I was surprised that the Coco Crunch flavour wasn’t a bigger hit with the kids, Nacho Cheese has a spicy kick to it and no-one (except Isaac, on occasion) particularly liked the Sea Salt & Vinegar flavour.

The ‘Favourites’ range is perfect for eating as is for a sweet snack or for making a drool-worthy desert.


Recently, we attended the Kids Business Bloggers Brunch and met one of Australia’s most celebrated patissiers, Adriano Zumbo who made two delicious deserts using Cobs Popcorn! He has inspired me to create a popcorn sensation … stay tuned, my recipe will POP up on the blog soon!


We have spoken to the lovely people at Cobs Popcorn because we wanted one of you to be able to experience this Cobsmacking flavour sensation! They have generously given us a $100 worth of popcorn to give away to one of our lucky readers!


Congratulations to Nicholas P! We hope you enjoy your Cobs Popcorn!

Competition closes 6pm AEST Sunday 31st January, 2016.  Winners will be announced shortly thereafter.

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The winner will be drawn 31/1/1 6.30pm AEST and announced on this website. The winner will also be contacted via email. The prize consists of $100 worth of various packets of Cobs Popcorn.
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