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Halloween cupcakes

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Halloween is fast approaching so if you’re looking for something a bit different to offer guests for a more spooktacular treat, why not whip up some of these dramatic silhouetted bat bonfire cupcakes. Made with a very simple two tone frosting, some spiderweb cupcake wrappers and flying bat cake toppers, they’re a perfect centrepiece for your festive table! We also slid our cakes into these beautiful spider web cases from Paperfiction and topped them with these flying bat cake toppers from Ginger Ray for a dramatic finish.

Equipment: 12 cupcake cases and a baking sheet

Oven:  Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/ gas 4.

Serves: 10-12


THE INGREDIENTS


For the cake:

  • 115g butter (or margarine)
  • 115g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 115 grams self-raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice

For the frosting

  • 200g butter, at room temperature
  • 400g icing sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • a splash of milk or as required for right consistency (it should be stiff but creamy)
  • orange and yellow food colouring (we use these Wilton paste colours)

THE PREP


1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/ gas 4.

2. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

3. Gradually add the eggs, whisking thoroughly into the creamed butter and sugar.

4. Gently fold in the flour, ginger and mixed spice, until thoroughly mixed.

4. Place 10-12 paper cupcake cases into a muffin tin and divide the mixture between them.

5. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden and springy to the touch. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

6. For the frosting: While the cupcakes are cooling, beat the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Assess the consistency – add a splash of milk if the mixture seems too thick.

7. Next divide your mixture between two bowls – colour one lot orange and the other yellow, adding your colouring little by little to the mix and stirring thoroughly until blended well throughout.

8. Load a piping bag with a star nozzle. Spoon the orange frosting down one side of the bag and the yellow frosting down the other side as carefully as possible. Try out a small practice swirl in a bowl to be sure the two colours are coming out well. Finally, pipe carefully onto the top of your cakes. If desired, sprinkle lightly with ground mixed spice before serving.

 

 

If you want to make them look like proper burning bonfires – particularly good for November 5th as well as hallowe’en – you’ll need:

  • 1 box of honeycomb matchmakers 
  • 4 Cadbury’s Flake bars

Halve some of the Matchmakers and snap others into smaller lengths. Cut the Flakes into small lengths. Build a frame over the red and yellow flames using 3 – 4 larger Matchmakers, then add more orange and yellow flames over them to complete the fire. You can then dot the smaller pieces of Matchmaker & Flake around the bottom.

 

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