Halloween themed cupcakes

Halloween is literally four days away that is crazy but I’m so excited because it is one of the most fun times of the year. To get into the spirit of the festive holiday I decided to bake some cupcakes but add a touch of Halloween to them. They are vanilla cupcakes with orange coloured buttercream icing and they are scarily yummy. They make an average of 12 cupcakes in total and are perfect for the season. You could make these delicious treats for a party, maybe a movie night in to temp your guests with or even if you just want to make them for yourself, it’s totally up to you.

Ingredients you will need:
125g unsalted butter (at room temperature)
125g self raising flour
125g caster sugar2 large eggs1 ½ tablespoons of milk¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract

and for the buttercream-
300g icing sugar150g unsalted butter1- 2 tablespoons of  milk
Orange food colouring

Also some cute decorations for the top!

Baking the cakes
Step 1– Preheat your oven to 180C and line your muffin tin with your cupcake cases.
Step 2– Grab a medium size bowl and place in your butter, sugar, flour, crack in your two eggs and also your milk and vanilla extract and whizz away until it’s a smooth consistency.
Step 3– If it’s smooth and lump free you can then take your mixture and then start to spoon it into your cupcake cases.
I love to have a taste test at this point to which is one of the best parts of baking.
Step 4– Now it’s time to pop your cases into the oven so they can bake and you should leave them in there for about 20 minutes.

20 minutes later…

Step 5 –  Take your little cases out the oven and they should be a light/golden brown on top and then place them onto a cooling rack.

Making the buttercream icing
Step 6 – Now while they are cooling it’s time for the icing, grab a bowl and place in your butter and mix together your butter and you want to make sure it’s a much lighter colour so it’s almost a very pale yellow/white. This will take about 2 minutes if your using an electric mixer but if your doing it by hand it will take a little longer.
Step 7– When your butter is nice and creamy you want to grab your icing sugar and your milk. You then want to add your milk and add your icing sugar but make sure to add a little bit at a time when mixing because if you add it all in one, you will get a big cloud of icing sugar and no one likes that.
Step 8 – Then you want to add 2-3 drops of food colouring, I choose orange because mine are Halloween themed and then just keep stirring until it’s nice and thick and then you are ready to decorate.

Decorating the cakes
Step 9 – Now your cakes are cool and your icing is finished it’s time to start decorating! I used a piping bag and nozzle to decorate mine. So grab your piping bag and nozzle and you want to snip the end of your bag so your nozzle can fit through to ice the cakes. Fold your bag over at the top and start spooning your icing into the bag. When your icing is in the bag you want to twist the top and then you are ready to go.
Step 10 – To ice your cakes you want to start in the middle and work your way around and up the cake and up to a peak.
Step 11 – Now your icing is complete you want to add your little spooky decorations onto the tops of your cakes but you don’t have to add any if you don’t like but I think they look pretty cool.
Step 12 – Your cakes are complete and now you can serve them to your guests and dig into the frightful feast!

Happy Halloween and enjoy your tasty treats!

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