Use a pumpkin carving pattern as a guide and create a chocolate topper for a pumpkin pie for Halloween!
We had planned to do a pumpkin carving party this year, but all the kids in our area will be on fall break the two weekends before Halloween. We would have had to host our party this past weekend. Eeek! I certainly wouldn’t have been ready, plus the carved pumpkins wouldn’t have survived until October 31st.So we are hosting our Halloween party on November 2nd. I know it’s late, but as it turns out the Day of the Dead just so happens to be on that very date, so guess what our theme is this year? Yep, Dia de Muertos. More on that later.
I came up with the idea of using pumpkin carving patterns to decorate some pumpkin pies, and didn’t want to wait until next year to share it. It’s fun technique that could be used to decorate cakes too.
Pumpkin Carving Pattern Pumpkin Pie
Ingredients and Supplies:
1 pumpkin carving pattern (I used this one from dotcomwoman) sized and printed to fit on your pie*
2 pieces of cardboard – a little larger than your pattern
2 pieces of parchment paper
yellow and black candy melts (I used about 2-3 ounces of each)
optional: 1 ounce Light Cocoa Candy Melts for the stem
squeezeit mold painter bottles, or a disposable pastry bag or zip top bag
1 pumpkin pie (I used a 10 inch pie)
*I wish I would have made my pattern a bit smaller so that you would see more of the pie, so size your’s accordingly.
Tape your printed pumpkin carving pattern onto a piece of cardboard. Tape a piece of parchment paper over pattern.
Melt your black and yellow candy melts and pour into squeezeit mold painter bottles, or a disposable pastry bags or zip top bags. See melting instructions on my Chocolate Making Tips page.
Pipe black candy melts over the dark portion of the pumpkin carving design filling in the entire thing.
Fill in between all the dark areas with the yellow candy melts, creating the full moon.NOTE: If you start piping from left to right, then by the time you finish piping the black decoration, the left side of your design will have begun to set, so you can start piping on the yellow and it wont blend together.
You can put your design in the freezer as it is, but be aware that the edges of the moon will curl up a bit as the candy coating sets. To keep this from happening, I suggest you set a piece of parchment paper over your design (while it’s wet is fine) then place a piece of cardboard on top of the parchment paper. Turn the whole thing over and place in the freezer for about 5 minutes until the candy sets. You will end up with a nice flat decoration to put on your pie.
Remove from freezer, and peel off the parchment paper. Pipe some light cocoa candy melts onto parchment in the shape of a pumpkin stem.
Set the moon on top of a pumpkin pie. Use some light cocoa candy melts to “glue” the stem to the pie. I attached it between the pie plate and the crust.
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Items used to create this project that are available on Amazon.com (commission earned for sales)
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