home made cakes for special days and elevenses

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Halloween Bakes

With only a few weeks to go until Halloween I have come up with a couple of simple, deliciously spooky bakes that should put a smile on any little monster's face.

Gingerbread Skeletons

Makes: approx 10 large cookies

125g butter
50g light brown sugar
50g dark brown muscovado sugar
2 tbs golden syrup
1 tbsp treacle
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
300g plain flour
Royal icing to decorate

1. Sieve the ginger, bicarbonate of soda and flour into a large bowl.
2. Melt the butter, sugars, syrup and treacle in a saucepan, then stir into the dry ingredients.
3. When the mixture has come together, roll out between two sheets of baking parchment, to about 5mm thick.  Place on a baking tray and leave in the fridge to chill for approximately 20 minutes.
4. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan. Use a large gingerbread man cutter to cut approximately ten cookies. Place the cookies on a lined baking tray and bake for 12 minutes, or until the edges are just starting to darken. 
5. Once the cookies have cooled, pipe royal icing bones and faces on the cookies, and allow to set.

Chocolate Ghost Cupcakes

Makes: 10 large cupcakes

For the cupcakes:
115g unsalted butter, softened
115g caster sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
100g self raising flour
20g cocoa powder
2 large eggs, beaten

For the buttercream:
85g butter, softened
35g cocoa powder
250g icing sugar
40ml milk

To decorate:
white sugarpaste/fondant icing
10 x lollipops

1. For the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 180C/160 fan/gas 4. Line a muffin tin with 10 paper muffin  cases.
2. Cream together the softened butter and caster sugar, along with the vanilla extract, until pale and fluffy.
3. Sift in the flour and cocoa powder. Add the two beaten eggs and mix well, taking care to stop once all of the dry ingredients are incorporated.
4. Divide the mixture evenly between  the cupcake cases, and bake for 22-25 minutes.
5. For the buttercream: Rub the softened butter into the sieved icing sugar and cocoa powder using the back of a wooden spoon. Add the milk. Once the icing sugar has been incorporated, whisk with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. 
6. To decorate: Pipe the chocolate buttercream on top of each cupcake and insert a lollipop into the middle. 
7.Cut 10 x 10cm dia circles of sugarpaste and place on top of each lollipop, using your fingers to shape into a ghost. Pipe eyes onto the ghosts using black royal icing or a little of the chocolate buttercream.


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