Halloween cupcake ideas with Em from Love, Em blog
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If you’re like me, then you’re not a fan of the scares at Halloween. I’d much rather tuck into a tasty cupcake than watch a horror film! Here are some spooky ways to decorate your cupcakes this Halloween! These decorations would be great to use at a Halloween party or to share with your work colleagues. Cakes have so many benefits, so they are a must at Halloween! They are easy to do, and if you’re not up for baking, can add them to store-bought cakes! Let’s make some cake!
Baking The Cupcakes
As I mentioned before, you don’t have to bake the cupcakes. You can always purchase store-bought or pre-made cakes, but I think homemade tastes better. If you’re not baking, you can skip this step and head to the decorating stage!
To make 12 muffins, you will need:
- 180g self-raising flour
- 180g caster sugar
- 180g soft baking butter
- 2 free-range eggs
- Vanilla extract
- Muffin Cakes
How to bake the muffins
1) Preheat the oven to 180C (Gas Mark 4 | 350F)
2) Cream together the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl
3) Crack the eggs into the bowl and beat them into the creamed mixture
4) Sift in the flour while still mixing. For lighter, fluffier cakes, only sift a small amount at a time
5) Add in a splash of vanilla extract and continue whisking until the mixture is well combined
6) Evenly distribute the cake mix into baking cases and bake for 15-20 minutes. Leave in longer if necessary
7) The cakes should be golden on the top. If you insert a cake tester, it should come out clean. That’s when you know the cakes are ready to come out!
To decorate, you’ll need to make some buttercream icing! You can buy pre-made icing, or use my easy buttercream recipe!
Mix together 180g of icing sugar with 80g of soft butter. It should form fluffy and creamy icing. If it’s too runny, add in more icing sugar. If it’s not silky enough, add a splash of milk! This is the buttercream I will be using to decorate the cupcakes. I will use food colouring to dye the icing to the appropriate colours later on!
Decoration Idea #1 – Alien Cupcakes
Dye your buttercream icing green and pipe a swirl on the bottom of the cupcake. This will form the top of the alien’s head. Take 2 mini marshmallows and 2 cocktail sticks. Push the mallows onto each stick, forming the eyes of your alien. They should look like an antenna. You can add black dots for eyes, or stick edible eyes to the marshmallows. Stick the eyes into the cupcake for a tasty alien treat!
Decoration Idea #2 – Oreo Spider Cakes
Using white frosting, ice the bottom of your cupcake until there’s a decent thickness. You want your oreo to be secure! Stick an oreo in the centre of the frosting, and push down lightly. Use a brown coloured tube of icing (you can usually get this in most supermarkets) and draw 8 legs around the oreo. Use a small dot of icing to glue edible eyes onto the oreo!
Decoration Idea #3 – Marshmallow Ghost
Cover the bottom of the cupcake with white icing, and stick a white marshmallow in the centre. Using a thin black icing tube, draw eyes and a mouth on your marshmallow ghost. This is a really quick and easy way to make a Halloween cupcake. This was the quickest cake of them all!
Decoration Idea #4 – Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Frankenstein
Add a massive dollop of green frosting to your cupcake. It should be really thick as this is the head to your Frankenstein. Add one Reese’s peanut butter cup to the top of the icing, but don’t push it down too much. Add a chocolate chip either side of the Reese’s cup as the bolts. Then add 2 edible eyes to finish the cupcake!
Decoration Idea #5 – Terrys Chocolate Bats
Dye your icing brown, or make it chocolatey with cocoa powder. Ice the bottom of your cupcake to make the fur of the bat. You don’t want the icing to be too thick, but thick enough to hold a chocolate orange wedge. Cut a wedge of chocolate orange in half and stick it into the icing. This would make the wings of your bat. Add some edible eyes to finish off your spooky bat! If you don’t like chocolate orange, you could always cut a triple chocolate cookie in half!
Halloween is a great time for experimenting with cupcakes! If you mess it up, it’ll just add to the eerie effects! Whether you’re looking for spooky perfection or are having fun with your decorating, I’d love to see the finished product! Send me your creations on Twitter or Instagram! What are your favourite Halloween cupcake designs? Let me know what design was your favourite to make and what your favourite flavour of cupcake is!