The autumn half-term holiday is always a great time for baking with the kids, so we've been looking out for some spooky Halloween treats to create. Rachel's Organics recently sent us through a few of their autumnal recipes and I couldn't resist sharing this one for Spider Cupcakes with you because I just know the Madhouse kids will love making and eating them !
Ingredients for Cakes :
100g plain chocolate
150g unsalted butter, softened
150g caster sugar
20g cocoa, sifted
3 eggs, beaten
125g self raising flour
1 ½tsp baking powder
2 tbsp Rachel’s Greek Style natural yogurt
Ingredients for Frosting:
4tbsp golden syrup
80ml double cream
100g milk chocolate
100g plain chocolate
3tbsp Rachel’s Greek Style natural yogurt
Ingredients for Decoration:
Chocolate sugar strands
Smarties or similar sweets (for the eyes)
Liquorice laces or Catherine wheels
Makes: 12 cakes
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C, Gas Mark 4 and line a muffin tray with paper cases.
2. Put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and microwave on medium power for 1 minute until melted,
or if you prefer place over a pan of simmering water.
3. In a mixing bowl beat the butter, caster sugar, cocoa powder and eggs, until soft and creamy. Add the flour and baking powder. Lastly add in the yogurt and ensure the mixture is well combined.
4. Spoon the mixture into the cases and bake for 20 minutes until risen and firm to touch. Leave to cool.
5. Meanwhile in a small bowl gently heat the icing ingredients (except the yogurt). Either do this in a
microwave on medium power or over a pan of simmering water until the chocolate has melted. Leave to cool then add the yogurt. The frosting should be soft but not runny.
6. Spoon the frosting onto each cake and carefully spread with the back of a knife. Dip each cake into
chocolate sugar strands then place the Smarties for eyes, cut the liquorice laces into 8 equal pieces and push into the icing – work quickly before the frosting sets. To make the eyes stand out and a mouth simply place some of the frosting in a piping bag with a small plain nozzle and pipe for the desired effect.
Have fun !
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