Halloween Cupcakes…with a difference! Who doesn’t love a good cupcake – especially a themed one! I love this everyday cupcake recipe – it’s never fail! Why not this Halloween try this fabulous favourite with a couple of specially decorated twists for your kids …. fun for the all and great to share at your Halloween celebrations! Spoooooky!
If you are having a Halloween party we have some great ideas for Halloween on a budget.
200g unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup caster sugar
2 ½ cups self raising flour, sifted
½ cup milk
Preheat oven to 180?C/160?C fan-forced oven. Line muffin pan with paper cases
Using an electric mixer, beat butter, vanilla and sugar in a small bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition (mixture wil separate at this stage). Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Stir in alf the flour. Stir in half thr milk. Repeat with remaining flour and mix until combined
For 1/3 cup-capacity muffin pans use 2 level tablespoons of misxture. Bake for 15-17 minutes.
Stand cakes in pans for two minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool
Classic Buttercream Icing
125 g butter, softened
1 ½ cups icing sugar mixture
1 tablespoon milk
Using an electric mixer, beat butter in a bowl until pale and fluffy (about 5 minutes)
Gradually add icing sugar mixture and milk, beating constantly until combined.
Now for the fun part! Let’s decorate!
5.5 cm black shoestring liquorice
1 chocolate biscuit (crushed)
2 red smarties
2 x 1 cm red sour strap lolly cut into 2 small triangles
Cut the liquorice into one 3cm piece and two 1.2 cm pieces. Sprinkle the top of the cupcake with the crumbs to make the hair. Place the red smarties on the cupcake to make the eyes. Place the short liquorice pieces to make the eyebrows and the long piece to make the mouth. Place the sour strap triangles to make the fangs.
Green Eyed Monster Cupcakes
Neon green food colouring
1 brown smartie
Trim a corner from one short end of the marshmallow. Attach the marshmallow, cut side down, on top of the cupcake with a dot of icing
Spoon 2 tablespoons of buttercream icing into a small resealable bag and set aside
Tint the remaining buttercream icing neon green with the food colouring. Spoon the neon green icing into a resealable freezer bag. Snip a very small corner from the bag and pipe dots of icing along the outer edge of the cupcake with a pipe-stop-and-pull action to create spikes of icing. Continue piping all over the cupcake to completely cover all but the flat side of the marshmallow. Snip a small corner from the bag with the buttercream icing. Pipe a dot of icing in the centre of each marshmallow and attach the smartie. Pipe a small line to add as the sparkle in the eye.
For more great ideas check out Pinterest.