It's that time of year again when we're all busy carving pumpkins and dishing out the treats to the spooky little kiddos who come knocking at out door. It must be the girls ages but this year from they are super excited to get into their costumes. It feels like we've been preparing for weeks! We've made a whole array of goodies this year so if you knock on our door you're in for a treat!
The girls were busy last weekend preparing ghost lollipops which is so easy! Tonight they will draw spooky little faces and make Jack O'lantern clementines our meringue bones inspired by the fabulous Claire Patak of Violet Bakery will also go onto our tray. To top it all off, Helena came up with a recipe for these delicious chocolate cupcakes and iced them to resemble spiders webs. She was busy in the kitchen all day conjuring up ideas and I love how they've turned out! We'll make a fresh batch tonight. Here's how to make them:-
Ingredients (makes 12 cupcakes):
4 oz soft butter
4 oz light muscavado sugar or caster sugar
4 oz organic flour
1.5 tbsp cocoa + 1 tsp granulated coffee (dissolved in a little water)
For the icing:
6 oz icing sugar
2 tbsp milk (or warm water)
a piping bag
Preheat the oven to 160 degree C. Line baking tins with 12 cupcake papers. Beat the butter until it's creamy and then add the sugar. Mix until it turns pale. Add the eggs one at a time. Fold in the flour until the mixture comes together and add the cocoa mixture. Spoon into the cupcake papers and bake for 15 minutes until the toppings are golden brown. Leave to cool until you pipe on the icing.
For the icing, sift the icing sugar into a bowl. Using a wooden spoon, slowly stir in enough water until the mixture is the consistency of thick cream. If it's too runny just add more icing sugar. It's done when it's thick enough to coat the back of the wooden spoon. Spoon into a piping bag. Carefully pipe two circles on top of the cooled cupcake and then pipe lines from the centre to the outer rim so a spiders web design is formed. Leave to set in the fridge.
Now to get the costumes ready! What are you wearing?
Have a super fun Halloween! And don't forget to tag us if you make Helena's spider cupcakes. We'd love to see them!