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Thursday, 30 October 2008

I Witch You A Happy Halloween with Pumpkin & Ghost Cupcakes


Halloween is drawing near and I would like to wish all my ‘dear’ blogging friends and my ‘dear’ readers a fang-tastic Halloween! I hope you all have a frightfully spooky Halloween and watch out for things that go bump in the night!!!

I have the film Halloween with Michael Myers ready to watch once again this Halloween It still makes me sit on the edge of my seat and at times hide my face behind a cushion, but for me this is an excellent film for the occasion!



Well back to talking about cakes; I recently brought a lovely little baking tray mould, made by Wilton for these little pumpkin and ghost cakes. I decided to cover the cakes this time in fondant icing as I had a little left over from the skeleton coffin cake. I used black writing icing tube for the eyes and mouths and a green writing icing tube for the pumpkin stems.


New Baking Tray Mould isn't it cute?


Halloween Pumpkin & Ghost Little Cupcakes

Ingredients
100g (4 oz) self raising flour
100g (4 oz) butter, softened
100g (4 oz) caster sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1-2 tbsp milk
A little warmed apricot jam, to enable the fondant to stick
A little white & orange fondant icing
Black and green writing icing tubes
A baking tray mould for ghosts and pumpkins

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan160°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Spray each cake mould with cake release spray or butter and flour tipping away the excess flour.

Sieve the flour into a bowl and leave aside. In a large mixing bowl add the butter and sugar and beat until the mixture becomes light in colour and fluffy. Add one egg at a time beating well between each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract and then gently fold in the flour until combined. Stir in the milk until you have a good dropping consistency. Spoon the mixture equally into the prepared baking tray mould and place in the preheated oven. Bake for 12 -15 minutes or until risen and golden and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to completely cool. Cover each little cake with a little warmed apricot jam and roll out the fondant icing and mould onto each little cake trimming the base as required. Using the writing tubes place eyes, mouths and green stems on the cakes.

Rosie’s Notes: Fill the baking tray mould no more than two-thirds full for the little cakes to rise. If the tops dome a little when completely cool, (which will be the base when decorated), take a segregated knife and slice the domed tops off and discard, this enables flat bases for the little cakes to sit on.




19 comments:

Sylvie said...

Those look spooktastic, Rosie. Happy Halloween! x

Divya Vikram said...

The muffin mould looks too cute..And you have done an excellent job in frosting.

Uma said...

aaw! the cupcake try looks so cute! Lovely cupcakes too! Happy Halloween dear!

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Coffee and Vanilla said...

Rosie, I adore your muffin tray!! Your cupcakes came out really beautiful! I will be making pumpkin soup (traditional Polish), some mummies with Polish kabanosy inside and maybe finger cookies if I have enough time... if not I have plenty of ready sweets for children ;)

Happy Halloween Rosie!!

Margot

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Such cute cupcakes! I love your pan! Happy Halloween!

Cheers,

Rosa

Antonia said...

Love those spooky cakes! What a great mould. I wish I had someone to bake these for... Then again, maybe I should take some into the office!

Emily Rose said...

These are so cute!! I should try working with fondant again- yours looks so smooth and perfect- I was not that successful last time I tried it!

Caroline said...

Those are too cute, Rosie! Happy Halloween to you as well.

Grace said...

what a cool baking tin! so what if you only get to use it once a year--it'd totally be worth it. your cupcakes are adorable. :)

lilmizlynn said...

your cupcakes look great! that is spooky.. love it! i wish i shld hv at least get the baking tray mould for this challenge...

Donna said...

These look Spook-a-licious Miz Rosie!!! Happy Halloween!!hughugs

dabrah said...

Happy Halloween Rosie. I love the cupcakes. The ghost ones are particularly unusual.

nicisme said...

How cute Rosie! Happy Halloween to you!

Gigi said...

happy halloween rosie! and the cupcakes are simply too cute to eat. i am in love with your pan!

Maria said...

Oh wow Rosie they look great. So you mananged to get one too! I was so excited when I bought mine last month but unfortunatly I wasn't able to use mine as I have been unwell ;o(

Great job!

Maria
x

Faery said...

WOW they are so so beautiful I love them all.
I have a surprise for you in blog please come see

Cakelaw said...

I'm lovin' that Halloween cake pan - fabulous.

Kevin said...

I like that Halloween muffin tray and the muffins look really good.

Rosie said...

Thank you my 'dear' friends for all your very kind words - I really do appreciate you all :)

Best wishes Rosie x