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Saturday, 1 November 2008

Spooktacular Halloween Cupcakes – Sweet & Simple Bakes



It has been a fun bake for our monthly bake at Sweet & Simple Bakes and in keeping with seasonal celebration. I thought being my turn to offer the monthly recipe; it would be fun to bring out our creative sides by baking cupcakes and leaving it up to each individual to create and design their own toppings and decorations for Spooktacular Halloween Cupcakes! We challenged each S.S.B baker to scare us at S&SB with their own cupcake creations.



I chose to decorate mine with; coloured fondant icing, buttercream icing in vivid colours, some decorated with sprinkles, cut out shapes of fondant, handmade ghosts, headstones, pumpkins and chocolate piped BOO signs, and little icing figures. To make the BOO signs, I melted white chocolate and added a touch of red food colouring and piped this onto a non-stick sheet and left them to harden before peeling off. The ghosts, headstones and pumpkins I made from coloured fondant and the little iced figures I purchased.



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Spooktacular Halloween Cupcakes

Makes approximately 12 cupcakes

Ingredients
175g (6 oz / 1 &1/3 cups) self-raising flour
175g (6 oz /1 &1/2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
175g (6 oz / 1 cup) of caster sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 - 4 tbsp milk
Icing/frosting of choice
Decorations of choice

You will need a 12 hole-muffin tin and 12 cupcake paper cases


Method

Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan180°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6. Line a 12 hole-muffin tin with cupcake paper cases.

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 muffin tin and place in the preheated oven. Bake for 20 -25 minutes or until risen and golden and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to completely cool.

Rosie’s notes: Fill the cupcake paper cases no more than two-thirds full for the cupcakes to rise. If the tops dome a little when completely cool, take a segregated knife and slice the domed tops off and discard, this enables flat tops for icing and decorations.

I have also measured my ingredients that I weighed out into cup measures as requested but please note if using, I cannot guarantee how accurate these measures are.

If using plain flour because you cannot acquire self-raising flour, add 1½ tsp of baking powder to the plain flour.


Own Creative Side.

Now for the fun part; create your own design of toppings, decorations to make your cupcakes as spooky as you dare!




32 comments:

Dani said...

Love them! :)

Coby said...

Rosie they're soooo cool:) I am sure they'll go down a treat with kids of all ages:D They ALL look so (spookily) cute!

Slightly off topic, but do you know if there is a good online place to purchase Halloween paraphenalia please? Not just baking but all things related to the occassion? There's nothing much available where I live.

Bellini Valli said...

These are so much fun Rosie:D

Lisa said...

What fun looking cupcakes! I love the Boo's.

natalia said...

I love all your halloween creations from the coffin on !

Arundathi said...

they're so coooool!! i love them! :-) thanks for a keeper recipe, rosie and we had lots of fun doing this!

Gloria said...

I love these Rosie, are soooo cool!!! You made lovely!!! xxGloria(I dont come for a while I was without internet!! 1 week)

Emily Rose said...

so cute!! I love the ones with the swirl of buttercream and the sprinkles they look so pretty!

Coffee and Vanilla said...

Rosie,

Those cupcakes look soooo good... but also look like a lot of work. I admire you.
I made few quick Halloween dishes this year: simple soup from carved pumpkin, bloody finger cookies and ghost sausages in pizza dough ;)
Everything took me 3 hours... kids were very happy... and we still have some cookies for tomorrow.

Enjoy your weekend, Margot

Divya Vikram said...

Cool cupcakes..Great work with the frosting.

Passionate About Baking said...

Absolutely Rosie...I love the fun you had & the creativity that is 'BOO'ming out of your cupcakes! Hope you had a spooktacular day! xoxoxo Deeba

Jin Hooi said...

Awwww.. cute !!

Maria said...

Loving your Spooktacular Cupcakes, great job!

Maria
x

Cookie said...

Hi Rosie,

We can see you had so much fun baking all the Halloween stuff!

I like the "BOO" - how did you do it?

Cheers,
Cookie

Bimmer said...

I love your cupcakes, especially the ghosts! :D

bimmer

Ivy said...

What lovely spooktacular cupcakes!! Boo.

Peter M said...

You make me want one of each...good piping skills!

Donna said...

You're SO Creative sweetie!!!hughugs

The Caked Crusader said...

Love them all but my favourite is the one with the grave stone on - you make everything look cute!

Uma said...

beautiful cupcakes! So Colorful!

Maria said...

Wow, I love them all!

The Blonde Duck said...

They're so cute! Absolutely darling!

I really want to join the baking group...but everyone's on a diet here!

Bridgett said...

These are darling! I am particularly taken with the very cool skeleton standing guard in the last pic ;)

Cakelaw said...

These are so cute - I like the ghosts up the top and the cat on the orange background the best.

Dee said...

Your cupcakes look spooktacular, Rosie!

Eli, Jules and I spent a weekend making marzipan spiders and body parts, wiggly worms and ghastly eyeballs because I really wanted to participate this time. Then my grandma got ill, and well... next time I suppose.

MiNDY said...

WOW Rosie, you've done a beautiful work with your cupcakes.

Happy cook said...

Just beautiful and delicious.
I love all the cup cakes.Just looking to those cupcakes i can imagine the fun you had

Kevin said...

Great Halloween cupcakes!

Swati said...

Such cute cupcakes.. Lovely post Rosie..

Half Baked said...

Those are some cute cupcakes! Great job on the decorating!!

Anne said...

Wow your cakes look great! x

Rosie said...

Thank you all my ‘dear’ friends for all your kind comments on my little spooktaular cupcakes, they were so much fun to bake and I fully enjoyed making the little figures etc. The Boo signs I made from melting white chocolate and colouring it pink and placing in a piping bag then piping onto non-stick paper.

Hi Coby, do you know I’m not sure where to buy Halloween stuff on line. Have you tried Ebay at all or Amazon? Oh heck sorry I can’t be any more helpful .....

Lovely to *see* you all and many thanks for calling by I will be calling by your blogs very shortly :D

Best wishes Rosie xoxox