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Easy DIY Halloween Party Favors

There are so many cute Halloween party favor ideas floating about the web, like the witch's broom goodie bags for example, though they do require some DIY experience. These tin-tie bakery bags are the perfect size for a Halloween goodie bag, and they require no crafting skills. I love howthe favor bags I made them with are cute enough for kids but still nice enough for the grown-ups as well. All you need are the bakery bags, ribbon, and 3D Halloween stickers from the craft store. You can use the smaller bag pictured above or a larger bakery bag with a window display. I like to fill the larger ones with treats to give out as holiday presents to neighbors and teachers.



Simply fill the bags with a Halloween treat (homemade or store-bought), close them up and tie them off with ribbon, then affix a sticker to each bag. These are food-grade bags, so they're perfect to fill with homemade fall treats like popcorn, kettle corn, or Halloween chocolates. Try my DIY gourmet popcorn

Classic Spiced Carrot Cake



I've tried carrot cake a lot of different ways over the years, with pineapple and coconut and all sorts of raisins; but what I really love is a classic carrot cake, starting with a yummy spice cake (similar to what you would use to make a pumpkin spice cake) and one pound of freshly-grated carrots and nothing else! If you're in a pinch, you know what I always say, there's no shame in using a box mix!! You can still add fresh carrots or coconut flakes, raisins, etc. And remember that all of the spices are optional. If all you have on hand is cinnamon, that's fine! If you have allspice or pre-mixed apple pie or pumpkin pie spice with a few of those ingredients - nutmeg, cloves, etc., that's fine too. Just add about one tsp to start and add more if you don't think the batter has enough of that fall-spice flavor. What do you like to put in your carrot cake?


INGREDIENTS
*makes two 9-inch rounds or 12 cupcakes
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbs ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp 
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil or butter
  • 1 cup milk (or dairy-free option)
  • one pound of freshly-grated carrots
  • optional - garnish with chopped pecans

DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease your cake pans or line a cupcake pan.
  2. In a large bowl, soften the butter or add oil and mix in the sugar, eggs, vanilla, and milk. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients - flour, spices, baking soda, and baking powder and slowly add to the wet mixture. Blend until just combined.
  4. Fold in the carrots and any other things you want like raisins or coconut flakes.
  5. Bake about 25-30 minutes or until center is cooked through.
My munchkins can't have dairy, so we skip on the cream cheese frosting. Though Duncan Hines makes a very tasty Cream Cheese Frosting that is gluten-free and milk-free! If you want the real deal, here is a great basic cream cheese frosting recipe. Enjoy!


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Comments

  1. Mmmmm...carrot cake! (Wait'll William sees this one!)

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  2. For me it's a tie between carrot cake and black forest! Both are irresistible!

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