Bake With Me! - Halloween Cupcakes

Hi Guys and welcome to another Blog post!

Are you planning a Halloween party? Need something to give to your 'trick or treaters'? Or just fancy a treat for yourself? Then these Halloween cupcakes are perfect. I love Halloween and I love baking, so lets get started.


Ingredients

225g Butter
225g Caster Sugar
225g Self-Raising Flour
4 Eggs
1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
1 Tsp Ground Ginger
1 Tsp Mixed Spice
2 1/2 cm Piece of Stem Ginger, finely chopped

Icing:
2 Egg Whites
250g Icing Sugar
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Tbsp Orange Juice
Orange Food Dye
Black Food Dye


Method

1) Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan)/350 F/gas 4.

2) Put the butter, sugar and flour in a mixing bowl. Add the eggs, baking powder and ground spices. Beat with an electric whisk until smooth and creamy and fold in the ginger.

3) Place 12 cupcake cases into a cupcake tin and separate the mixture evenly. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden and risen. Leave to cool.

4) For the icing, whisk the egg whites with an electric whisk until they form soft peaks that hold their shape.

5) Sift in the icing sugar and add the vanilla extract. Continue to beat until thick and shiny.


6) Divide the icing into 3 bowls. 

Bowl 1 - stir in the orange juice and a few drops of orange food dye.

Bowl 2 - stir in a few drops of black food dye. 

Bowl 3 - leave this one as it is.

8) Level off the tops of the cupcakes with a sharp knife. Spread orange icing over half of the cupcakes and the white icing over the other half.

9) Spoon the black icing into a piping back fitted with a fine nozzle and carefully pipe 3 circles, inside each other, onto each cupcake. Run a cocktail stick from the centre of the cake through each circle to create a spider web effect.

10) Add some Halloween toppers and enjoy!


I thought I would finish off this post with the main difficulty that I came across when I was following this recipe. When it came to making the icing, the white was the perfect consistency. The orange and the black, however, turned a bit too runny due to the added liquid from the orange juice and food dyes. I would recommend splitting less into these two bowls and then adding some more icing sugar to thicken it up. I found that the icing just slid off of the cakes and it was very difficult to work with. You can probably see from the pictures that the ones with the orange icing are a lot messier than the white ones, but other than that this was a very easy recipe to follow.


I hope you enjoy making these cupcakes as much as I did, and if you do recreate these be sure to tag me in your pictures, I'd love to see them. Subscribe and head over to my social media, which will be linked below as always, so that you never miss a new post.

Catch you next time!


Disclaimer: I did not come up with this recipe, it is just my recreation. The original recipe is from the "Cupcake Book for Girls" from igloobooks.com. Yes, it's a kids book, but hey!
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