These were inspired by my work’s annual halloween bake sale for charity. I found that although there are lots of halloween decorating ideas out there, it is quite challenging to find any that also look like you would want to (pay money and) eat them!
My original idea was to make pumpkin cupcakes, but how to make them look seasonal? As you can see from the picture above they just looked very plain. Happily I found my solution in a silicon mould with a series of halloween themed designs – I melted dark chocolate into them, let them set and they carefully flexed them out of the mould and onto the cupcakes, and there you have it – Halloween cupcakes that still look delicious!
You can find the pumpkin cupcake recipe at Pumpkin passion cupcakes | BBC Good Food. You can also make these with butternut squash, and the taste is very much like carrot cake. The cupcakes are very moist so if you don’t have time to make the cream cheese frosting (or want to save a few calories) the cupcakes taste pretty good on their own too!
I also made some chocolate cupcakes and decided to have a go at ‘web’ pattern icing – deceptively simple but I made life difficult for myself by deciding to try it with melted chocolate! The general idea is to ice one colour with fairly wet icing or melted chocolate, and then pipe concentric circles of another colour on top. You then take a skewer/toothpick and draw it through the circles, from the inside out at regular intervals to create a web effect, as shown to varying degrees of success of success below! The problem I had was that the melted dark chocolate was too runny to pipe, and the melted white chocolate wasn’t runny enough to pipe! SO maybe I will try it with icing next time…
(all photo credits miss suzylee)