Saturday, 28 October 2017

Recipe: Gluten- Free Spider Web Cupcakes

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog post about some Halloween themed baking ideas I'd found on pinterest and last week I decided to bake some. I also changed the recipe for the cupcakes so that they'd be gluten-free so more people can eat them. I've never baked something with gluten-free flour before so I wasn't sure how they would turn out but they were great and don't taste too different to the real thing! The chocolate on top of the cupcakes also adds some more flavour as well as the vanilla extract in the cupcakes.

125g butter (melted)
125g caster sugar
125g gluten-free self-raising flour
2 eggs
3 tbsp milk
few drops of vanilla extract
For the topping
100g milk chocolate
100g white chocolate

How to
1. Heat the oven to 190c degrees (170c fan)
2. Add the melted butter, sugar, flour, eggs, milk and vanilla extract to a bowl and mix with an electric mixer.
3. Spoon the mixture into paper cupcake cases.
4. Bake cakes for 18-20 minutes and allow cakes to cool.
5. Melt the chocolate in two separate bowls.
6. Working on one cupcake at a time spread milk chocolate onto the top, then pipe four circles in white chocolate inside each other on top. Using a cocktail stick or skewer, from the centre drag the stick along to the edge of the cupcake to make a cobweb effect, I did this about eight times on each cupcake.
7. Repeat with the remaining cupcakes alternating the chocolate to white chocolate with a milk chocolate cobweb. 

I enjoyed making these and attempting the cobwebs on top (plus eating all the left over chocolate of course). Let me know if you decide to bake these too!


Sunday, 8 October 2017

Halloween Baking Ideas

Now it's October I feel like I can start looking as everything to do with Halloween - pumpkins, fancy dress and spooky films! To me it also means it's getting closer to my favourite time, Christmas but I can't let myself start shopping for that until November. Pinterest is fab for looking at anything to make or bake and I've found quite a few different baking ideas for Halloween so I thought I'd share these with you, they're all linked below too.

Ghost Meringues - These look so good and they're probably quite easy to make, you could even put these on top of cupcakes.

Halloween Cookies -I love baking cookies but I don't think my icing skills are quite this good yet.

Spider web chocolate cupcakes - These are my favourite that I've found so far as they look easy to make, plus they're chocolate.

Spider cupcakes - These cupcakes would be good for a party or for someone who you know doesn't like spiders *cackles*.

Graveyard Mousse - This is such a good idea, I've not seen anything like this design before and it looks like chocolate heaven.

Hope you all liked this post, if I give the spider web cupcakes below I'll be sure to write a post about them. You can see more from my Pinterest page here.