With Halloween upon us next week, I will be running a series of Halloween-themed posts over the next couple of weeks, kicking off with these old favourites of mine, ‘Fangtastic Spider Cupcakes’.
The cupcake recipe is a basic vanilla one (anything more fancy would be overkill, what with the rather, erm, ‘hectic’ topping).
This is the one I always use:
You will need:
- 4 free range eggs
- 200g self raising flour
- 200g golden caster sugar
- 200g unsalted butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 180º C.
- Grease and line a muffin/cupcake tin.
- In a large mixing bowl using (hopefully, for the sake of your wrists) a hand held electric whisk,
- Combine the eggs, flour, sugar, butter and vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth and creamy.
- Pour the mixture into the cupcake tin, and bake for 15 minutes, or until golden.
- Remove and cool.
For topping your cupcakes, you will need:
- Icing sugar
- Black food colouring
- fizzy, jelly snakes (for the legs)
- White chocolate buttons
- Brown, or black, tube icing for the eyes (you should be able to buy from a large supermarket)
- Chocolate sprinkles
- Mix 4 tablespoons icing sugar with 1 tablespoon water, plus a few (and only a few!) drops of the food colouring until you have a thick-ish consistency i.e. it won’t easily run off the top of your cupcakes.
- Spread the icing onto each cupcake evenly.
- Cut 4 jelly snakes in half, to create 8 legs for your spider, and then stick onto your cupcake, using the icing as an adhesive.
- Cut a white chocolate button in half, and place onto the front of your cupcake (as in the above pictures), to make fangs.
- Using your brown/black tube icing, make dots on two white chocolate buttons for eyes. Position these onto your spider.
- Scatter your chocolate sprinkles onto your spider’s back, just because you can, and because all spiders would forever be more appealing if they had this feature.
- Repeat as necessary for your other cupcakes!