We love Halloween!
Because who doesn’t want a reason to throw a party and eat a ton of candy??
For this occasion we wanted to do something different for you guys so we thought vanilla cupcakes will do the treat but why not throw a jelly brain in as well?!
Here’s how with step by step pictures:
110g butter or margarine, softened at room temperature
110g caster sugar
2 free-range eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
110g self-raising flour
1-2 tbsp milk
2 packs of jelly
For the frosting:
140g butter, softened
280g icing sugar
1-2 tbsp milk
Firstly you need to get the butter and caster sugar and mix them together in a bowl. It takes some time and originally it looks very messy but keep pushing the ingredients together until it makes a unified mixture and it changes colour being paler than when you started. Then beat in the eggs one at a time and finish with the vanilla extract. We also used some vanilla sugar for an extra taste.
Then you need to fold in the flour slowly. It’s important not to add all the flour at once since this will make it harder for you to mix.At that time you will add the milk.
Your cupcake batter is ready easy as that!!
Line a 12-hole muffin tray with paper cases.
Distribute the mixture evenly to ensure all cupcakes cook at the same time and only fill approximately half of each cupcake case because they will rise.
Leave them to bake in a 180 degree fan oven for 10-15 mins but keep an eye on them not to overcook. If in doubt put a toothpick or a knife in the middle of the cupcake. If it comes out clean your cupcake is cooked! After they are ready leave them to cool for a good 20 mins because we don’t want the frosting to melt off.
We made the frosting combining all the ingredients together. To get a really bright orange you need a lot of food colouring so don’t be afraid to use a lot. A good quality non artificial gel is best as a food colouring. Taste the frosting! This is important because it takes over the cupcake so if your frosting is not to your liking then your not going to eat the cupcakes. We added a lot of icing sugar on top to adjust it to our preferences.
To decorate with the frosting we used a squeeze bottle we bought from the shop just to make our lives easier. You can use a piping bag or just a zip-lock bag and then cut the corner with scissors. You can then use sprinkles, candies or anything else you want to top your cupcakes.
Now for the brain…We bought the mould from Wilko but you can get it on amazon! Follow the instructions on the back of your jelly pack.
To make it slimy and disgusting (trust us this works) get some soft gummy sweets that have a white base and add them to the mix. They will sink and swell considerably so you only need 4-5 pieces. Now put your jelly mould in the fridge and your done.
Hope you love this recipe as much as we do and give it a go, don’t forget to #fashionmegawatts all your cupcakes so we can see them on instagram!!!
Have a fabulous and scary Halloween!!!
Special thanks to Christia Kyriacou for all the help and Nicholas for the editing!
Elena, Andria & Nicholas
*Recipe adapted from BBC Food