Gooo~lish surprise cakes 👻

One of the best things about Halloween apart from trick or treating, decorating the house and carving pumpkin’s is most definitely the food. On Halloween evening I always like to create a themed tea party for my children’s dinner. Usually this will include ‘bloody fingers’ (hot dogs and ketchup), ‘worms in a cauldron’ (noodles spilling from mini crock pots, spider riddled mini pizzas and for desert our homemade sweet treat cupcakes. Their diet is pretty much always really healthy so on occasions like this I really relax and let them have all sweeties, cakes and treat food. After finishing decorating the house today and decorating our pumpkins, we decided we would make a start on our traditional cupcakes. The surprise middle varies from year to year, but the recipe we go by is from memory, which my mum taught me from a small child. It’s a quick and simple cupcake recipe so I thought I’d share it incase anyone fancies whipping up some last minute treats. These cakes really are super sweet and super tasty so perfect for Halloween and the marshmallow surprise adds a gooey extra to the sponge~delicious!

You will need~

(For approx 20 cupcakes)

8oz/228g self raising flour

8oz/228g caster sugar

8oz/228g butter

3 medium eggs

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Food colouring of your choice

Mini marshmallows

(For the topping)

7oz/200g butter

14oz/400g icing sugar

Food colouring of your choice

Selection of sprinkles, mini marshmallows, Halloween inspired decorations and don’t forget cupcake cases.

Method~

1) Pre-heat oven to 180•/gas mark 4 and pop your cake cases into your cupcake tin/ baking tray.

2) Mix butter, caster sugar and vanilla essence in the mixing bowl. Add your whisked eggs then sift in the flour and add your teaspoon of baking powder. Mix, mix, mix. Get lots of air into your mixture to create a light a fluffy cupcake.

3) Add a few drops of your food colouring to the mixture and stir to create a colourful sponge, then spoon into your cake cases. Now you can pop in some mini marshmallows.

4) Bake in the oven for approx 15 mins then transfer to a cooling rack to cool.

5) Meanwhile, you can get on with making the topping. Soften the butter in the bowl then sieve in the icing sugar. Beat for a few mins until you create a thick but light butter frosting. Again add food colouring of your choice and stir through gently.

6) Apply the frosting and decorate in whatever way you like, with whatever sweeties or decorations you fancy.

I bought all of my toppings including the skull toppers and cases from Poundland.

Hope you give these a try and the good thing about them is you can adapt the decor to suit the occasion. You can also change up the marshmallows to a Malteaser for a chocolaty, crunchy middle, some popping candy or chopped up mars bar for a melty caramel sponge.

Thanks again for reading ✨

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