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Halloween cupcakes

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Fresh Living shares a few spooky cupcake ideas – perfect for ghostly Halloween parties!

To help save baking time, use a ready-made cake mix; then get the kids involved in the fun process of icing these delightful cupcakes.

Mummy cupcakes


You will need: Trumps Ready to Roll white icing, plastic eyes, cupcakes.

Method:

  • Dust a rolling pin and board with icing sugar.
  • Cut out small, golf-ball-sized balls and roll them out to thin discs.
  • Cut into uneven strips. Don’t worry if the lines aren’t straight – it adds charm to the cupcake mummy.
  • Place the strips over the cupcake and push the eyes in an interval.
  • Trim the edges and allow the icing to dry.


Ghostly cupcakes


You will need: Trumps Ready to Roll white icing, plastic eyes, cupcakes.

Method:

Method:

  • Dust a rolling pin and board with icing sugar.
  • Cut the icing into different-sized pieces and roll into balls (sizes can differ). Place it on top of each cupcake.
  • Take a larger, golf-ball-sized piece of icing and roll it out to so that it’s about 5mm thick.
  • Press in eyes (or, for younger children, colour a few tablespoons of icing and roll out into small balls).
  • Place ghost ‘body’ over the cupcake, and press to fit.


Spider-web cupcakes


You will need: 300g icing sugar, water to mix, black or other food colouring, kebab sticks or toothpicks, cupcakes.

Method:

  • Sieve icing sugar into a large bowl; then mix to a smooth paste with water.
  • Divide into two and colour one half of the batch with black or a colour of your choice.
  • Drizzle and spread the white icing over the cupcakes.
  • Take a plastic bag and snip off a very small (1mm or so) corner
  • Pinch the cut corner with your fingers, push the plastic bag open over your hand, and spoon icing into the cut corner (over your “pinched” fingers).
  • Hold the long part of the bag with your right hand and squeeze the icing into the corner.
  • Directing the icing bag with your left hand, and applying pressure with the right, make 4 or 5 very thin contour lines around each cupcake.
  • Take a skewer or toothpick, and draw lines out from the centre of the cupcake.
  • Allow to set.




Tip: Make sure your white icing is still wet when you apply the black spider web. If your black icing runs into the white, try adding more icing sugar to your black icing or make the nozzle on your plastic bag piper a bit smaller.


Spider cupcakes

You will need: 80g butter, 200g icing sugar, food colouring, plastic spiders, cupcakes.

Method:

  • Beat the butter and icing sugar until smooth. Add the food colouring.
  • Take a plastic bag and snip off a very small (2mm or so) corner.
  • Pinch the cut corner with your fingers, push the plastic bag open over your hand, and spoon icing into the cut corner.
  • Hold the long part of the bag with your right hand and squeeze the icing into the corner.
  • Directing the icing bag with your left hand, and applying pressure with the right, pipe in a circular movement from the outside of the cupcake to the centre.
  • Take an edible (or plastic) spider, or any other nasties, and stick onto the butter icing.



Liquorice beasties


You will need: 300g icing sugar, water to mix, food colouring, Liquorice Allsorts, plastic vampire teeth, cupcakes.

Method:

  • Sieve icing sugar into a large bowl; then mix to a smooth, thick paste with water. Add food colouring, if desired.
  • Spread the icing over each cupcake and allow icing to set slightly (10-15 minutes).
  • Cut up the Liquorice Allsorts into odd shapes and use as eyes, noses etc.
  • Take plastic vampire teeth and stick underneath the eyes. The kiddies can munch their cupcakes, and then play Dracula with the scary teeth!




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