Baking | Halloween Cupcakes

Halloween Cupcakes

Halloween is in a couple of days now and I love baking for Halloween, although it has really been a struggle this year! I went to B&M Bargains, Asda and Sainsbury's and none of them had any Halloween cake decorations....Boooo! So instead I had to use Haribo Horror Mix but I think they still worked out quite well. 

I decided to do chocolate orange cupcakes with an orange frosting. These are really simple to make. You can mix these by hand but I have found since using an electric hand mixer they come out so much better. If you don't have one Argos do actually do them for £5.49 which is the one I currently have, I got it as a quick purchase as my other one broke but to be fair this works really well. You can find it here.

Halloween Cupcakes

Ingredients

100g plain self raising flour
20g cocoa powder - I use Bournville 
140g castor sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
40g unsalted butter - make sure it's at room temperature
120 ml whole milk
1 egg
1/4 tsp orange extract

Method

1. Pre-heat oven to 170 fan/Gas mark 3
2. Place the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter into a bowl and mix with electric mixer until you get a sandy consistency.
3. Whisk the milk, egg and orange extract together in a jug, then slowly pour about half into the bowl, beat to combine and turn the mixer up high. Scrape any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl with a silicone spatula. Continue mixing for a couple of minutes until mixture is smooth. Don't over mix.
4. Spoon the mixture into cupcake cases until two-thirds full and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the sponge bounces back when touched. Leave the cupcakes to coll slightly in the tray before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely - this usually takes about half an hour in total.

Orange Buttercream Frosting

3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup of butter
1 1/2 teaspoons of orange extract
 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk
orange colouring

1. Mix powdered sugar and butter with electric mixer on low speed. Stir in orange extract and 1 tablespoon of milk. Slowly add the colouring till you get the desired colour.
2. Gradually beat in just enough milk to make frosting smooth and spreadable. Use a silicone spatula or a piping bag to add the frosting. Place on your sweets on top of frosting.

Halloween Cupcakes

These are super yummy and will go down a treat!

What do you think to these cupcakes? Are you baking anything yummy for Halloween? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. 



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