30 October 2014

My Halloween Cupcakes


You're probably aware that it's Halloween tomorrow. Each year the British people seem to embrace it more and more. When I was little, you'd perhaps get one or two rings at the doorbell accompanied by an unenthusiastic "trick or treat". Either that or an egg smashed over the car. This year, so many of the houses on my street are covered in fake cobwebs, ghosts and rather disconcerting ghoulies! Whatever America can do...!

It's all good news for business! I've done a few batches of Halloween themed cupcakes this year and I thought I'd share with you my favourite.

I spent most of Wednesday moulding and painting the sugarpaste decorations. This can take some time!


Then today, I baked the sponges - my client requested pumpkin and chocolate flavours - swirled on the coloured buttercreams and made the finishing touches.

There were Chocolate Red Devils (with a smooth milk chocolate filling)...


....Triple Chocolate Witch Hats....


....and my personal favourites; the Pumpkins! 


Which ones do you like the best?

I thought I'd share the pumpkin cupcake recipe with you in case you fancied making some for this spooky weekend. This is a new recipe I tried and tested and I love the results; such a delicious, moist sponge and so simple to make. I added a naughty little dulce de leche filling too!


Pumpkin cupcakes – makes 12

You will need:
80g unsalted butter, softened
280g caster sugar
240g plain flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
200ml whole milk
80g pumpkin puree (pumpkin pulp, cooked in butter over a low-heat 'til soft & mashed)
1 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg

For the Coating/filling
60g unsalted butter, softened
220g full-fat cream cheese
400g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Lemon juice to taste 

50g dulce de leche (optional)

1.  Preheat oven to 170C/150C fan assisted.  Line your cupcake tray with cases.

2.  Beat the butter, sugar, sifted flour, baking powder, spices and salt on a low speed until a sandy consistency.

3.  Place eggs, vanilla and milk in a jug and mix with a fork.  Add 3/4 to the dry ingredients and mix in on a low speed then scrape down the bowl.  Add the rest of the milk, the pumpkin puree and beat on medium speed until smooth. 


4.  Divide batter between cases until 2/3 full.  Bake for around 25 minutes until sponge springs back when gently touched. Leave on a wire rack to cool.

5. Using a sharp knife, cut a small round from the top of each cupcake, add a little dulce de leche then place the removed sponge back on top. Press down gently.

6. Combine the buttercream ingredients in a mixer until smooth then pipe onto each cupcake.


I always make sure I have a few leftover cupcakes too - I like to spoil my friends and family with them! A couple of girlfriends popped round to see me today so I decided to turn it into a bit of an unusual afternoon tea (unusual because of the kale chips, pork scratchings, nuts, crisps & berries!). 

The Ritz, eat your heart out!

23 comments:

  1. These look seriously amazing!! I'm not going to lie, I would not be able to make anything anywhere near as good as that but I would definitely eat plenty of them though :)

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  2. I agree, so much more effort is being put into halloween this year (although my costume is diabolical). I absolutely love your cupcakes, especially the witch hats and your afternoon tea looks amazing! xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

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  3. The witches hats are so good- they're adorable!! Every year, we get more and more trick or treaters...I kind of love it!

    Angela | The Awkward Blog

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  4. These are fantastic, you're so talented. I must admit that one of the benefits of living in a flat has got to be a complete lack of trick or treaters!

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  5. These all look so incredible! I particularly love the pumpkins! You are so talented! I wish my talent for drawing was adapted into baking :( I just don't have the patience with food and want the finished product to eat already :'D

    Tamsyn-Elizabeth
    Peach Pow XO

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  6. The cupcakes look amazing. They are so cute and yummy. You are very talented.

    Anca @ ancaslifestyle | UK

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  7. I love these! You're so creative. Looking forward to seeing you next week!!
    Lots of love,
    Angie
    SilverSpoon London

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  8. You're very talented! These look fab. I'm off to my brothers this afternoon to take my niece and nephew trick or treating.

    Victoria x
    FlorenceandMary.com

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  9. These look amazing! You are so talented, and so patient to sit and make these tiny decorations!

    www.gingerbreadsmiles.co.uk
    xox

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  10. Oh wow these look super - I wish I had the patience to do something like this!!

    Josie XOXO
    Fashion Mumblr

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  11. Absolutely amazing, you have some serious talent!!!

    Happy Halloweeeen!! xx

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  12. How cool are these? I love the little devil cakes!

    www.honeybourneline.co.uk

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  13. Oh Caroline, you are one talented lady. They are wonderful!

    Aftab
    Fresh And Fearless

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  14. Oh my gosh! These all look ah-mazing! I'm drooling right now. I want them all!

    C x
    Lux Life Blog

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  15. These look so good Caroline, you must have a ridiculously steady hand! The devils are my fave :)

    Christy x
    Dinner Stories

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  16. you are so creative and talented! these are incredible - the patience and attention to detail these must need humbles me! your lucky friends, being treated to such great leftovers :) x

    Miho @ Wander to Wonder

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  17. Delicious! I love your blog and I have followed you with Bloglovin. If you ever get a chance to check out my blog I would be delighted, thanks!

    Camille xo

    http://www.cococami.blogspot.co.uk

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  18. They look wonderful and mouthwatering. Love the pumpkin ones. I'm going to try your recipe today! Thanks for the inspiration. I love your blog.

    May
    Http://www.maynoradeespace.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. You have outdone yourself these are superb. Personal favouirte is the cupcake with the horns Lucy x

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  20. I love the little devil cupcakes :-)

    www.conversationswithcaroline.com

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  21. They look great! I like the devil horns best.

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  22. You are so talented Caroline! These are so beautiful, one day I will re-ignite my baking spirit and have a beautiful kitchen to be able to work in! Plus I'm definitely inviting myself round for afternoon tea at some point!

    Katie <3

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