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Halloween Baking – SPOOKY CUPCAKES

Spo0o0oky baking with Dan and Phil!



  • 125 grams plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder (sifted) ( half this for brighter colour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 50 grams soft unsalted butter
  • 100 grams caster sugar
  • 1/2 heaped tablespoon green paste food colouring (THIS DIDN’T WORK FOR ME! Maybe just use red for BLOOD RED CAKES)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 90 ml buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • A tub of vanilla icing

Equipment: bowl, large mixing bowl, sieve, cupcake cases, cupcake tray, wooden spoon (or mixer set to beat)

For the decoration: chocolatey treats, edible glitter, gummy laces, metallic balls, sugar crystals, writing icing, food colouring


  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C/gas mark 3/325°F
  2. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl.
  3. In another bowl, cream the butter and sugar, beating well, and when it becomes a soft pale mixture beat in the food colouring and the vanilla.
  4. Then add half the dry ingredients, beat some more then the egg, followed by the rest of the dry ingredients
  5. Finally beat in the buttermilk and the vinegar and divide this extraordinary batter between the 12 cases. Bake in the oven for about 20-25 minutes (ours we a bit underdone in 20 mins) and your cakes will be BORN
  6. Leave them to cool on a wire rack and ice them when they have cooled down


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