Baking | Halloween Cupcakes

Halloween Cupcakes

Halloween is in a couple of days now and I love baking for Halloween, although it has really been a struggle this year! I went to B&M Bargains, Asda and Sainsbury's and none of them had any Halloween cake decorations....Boooo! So instead I had to use Haribo Horror Mix but I think they still worked out quite well. 

I decided to do chocolate orange cupcakes with an orange frosting. These are really simple to make. You can mix these by hand but I have found since using an electric hand mixer they come out so much better. If you don't have one Argos do actually do them for £5.49 which is the one I currently have, I got it as a quick purchase as my other one broke but to be fair this works really well. You can find it here.

Halloween Cupcakes


100g plain self raising flour
20g cocoa powder - I use Bournville 
140g castor sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
40g unsalted butter - make sure it's at room temperature
120 ml whole milk
1 egg
1/4 tsp orange extract


1. Pre-heat oven to 170 fan/Gas mark 3
2. Place the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter into a bowl and mix with electric mixer until you get a sandy consistency.
3. Whisk the milk, egg and orange extract together in a jug, then slowly pour about half into the bowl, beat to combine and turn the mixer up high. Scrape any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl with a silicone spatula. Continue mixing for a couple of minutes until mixture is smooth. Don't over mix.
4. Spoon the mixture into cupcake cases until two-thirds full and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the sponge bounces back when touched. Leave the cupcakes to coll slightly in the tray before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely - this usually takes about half an hour in total.

Orange Buttercream Frosting

3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup of butter
1 1/2 teaspoons of orange extract
 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk
orange colouring

1. Mix powdered sugar and butter with electric mixer on low speed. Stir in orange extract and 1 tablespoon of milk. Slowly add the colouring till you get the desired colour.
2. Gradually beat in just enough milk to make frosting smooth and spreadable. Use a silicone spatula or a piping bag to add the frosting. Place on your sweets on top of frosting.

Halloween Cupcakes

These are super yummy and will go down a treat!

What do you think to these cupcakes? Are you baking anything yummy for Halloween? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. 


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