after possibly the worst day of baking i've ever had, here are my halloween cupcakes! thankfully they taste amazing, but you know when you have those days where it just feels like one thing after another? it has been like that!
anyway, for this week's challenge, i wanted to create three different designs for my cupcakes- monster themed, death by chocolate, and meringue ghosts. the basic cupcake recipe is my holy grail recipe, and then i just edited each design accordingly.
(makes 12 cupcakes)
125g caster sugar
125 self-raising flour
1tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp milk
pinch of salt
beat the butter until softened, then add the sugar and combine. then add the flour, salt, eggs, milk and vanilla extract and mix until smooth. divide the mixture between 12 cupcake cases and bake for 10-15 minutes at 190c until golden and springy.
for these meringue ghost cupcakes, simply divide your cake mixture and add orange colouring to one half and cocoa powder to the other. spoon alternate mixtures into the cupcake cases (and swirl for a more marbled effect!)
the meringue ghosts were made using a standard meringue recipe, then piped in circles onto baking paper. i then stuck two pieces together using melted chocolate, and added some chocolate drop eyes. the chocolate frosting is amazing, and the recipe can be found here.
for the monster cupcakes, simply add green food colouring to your cupcake mixture. once baked, scoop out a small hole in the top of the cupcakes and fill with jam. then top with buttercream coloured with orange food colouring. the edible toppers are simply made from melted chocolate piped onto baking paper with cocktail sticks placed underneath.
the death by chocolate cupcakes are definitely my favourite, but beware they really are intense! for these, add cocoa powder to your cupcake mixture; you may need to add more milk to get a smoother consistency. then top with the same chocolate frosting as used above, and finish with white chocolate cobwebs and a spider made in the same way as the edible toppers.
next week is the last week for the diy october challenge and erin and i are challenging each other to create halloween nail art ideas! click here to see what erin has made this week, and don't forget to tweet/comment with any photos if you try the diy's out :)