Discover Good Food’s tips, tricks, recipes and ideas to make frightfully good Halloween cupcakes - without spending hours in the kitchen
If your idea of Halloween hell is spending hours toiling in the kitchen – fear not. Our clever decorating tips transform shop-bought, un-iced fairy cakes into an eerie offering that’s every bit as magical as a homemade batch. Alternatively, make your cakes from scratch with our easy recipes that the whole family can get involved with – it’s sure to be a scream!
Spider web chocolate fudge muffins
You need minimal ingredients and equipment to get to work on this simple yet stylish design – dark and white chocolate, greaseproof paper or plastic bags, and a toothpick. Simply follow the instructions in our recipe and spread one colour chocolate over your cupcakes, pipe circles of the other, then swirl the colours with a toothpick to create a striking cobweb effect.
Get the recipe for our spider web chocolate fudge muffins.
Fright night fancies
These adorable little treats are far more sweet than they are scary. Kids will love to roll out the fondant icing, stamp out their shapes using a cookie cutter, and draw the faces on with an icing pen. You’ll need to sever and eat them quickly after making them so that the icing holds its shape, but don’t worry – it’s eerie how quickly they disappear!
Get the recipe for our fright night fancies.
Green and black icing and a packet of mini marshmallows are all that you need to make your very own mini monsters out of shop-bought or homemade plain vanilla cupcakes. Follow the instructions in our recipe to carve the top of each cake to make a flat, raised face and prominent forehead, colour with green icing, then finish with marshmallow neck bolts, a face, and jet black hair.
Get the full recipe for our Frankenstein cupcakes.
Hooting Halloween owls
Got spare Halloween goodies lying around? Raid the sweetie stash and transform Maltesers, M&Ms and jelly diamonds into individual treats to delight any animal enthusiast. Buy pre-made chocolate cupcakes if you’re short on time, or make your own with our easy recipe. It’s a hoot and a half!
Get the recipe for our hooting Halloween owls.
Spider nest cakes
This has to be one of the quickest ways to add some spook to your sweet treats. Simply turn your cupcakes upside-down and add a blob of icing sugar to each cake, followed by a small bundle of candy floss and a plastic toy spider. Go the extra mile by baking brightly-coloured cakes with hundreds and thousands, and making your own edible spiders from liquorice and chocolate buttons. Arachnophobes beware!
Get the recipe for our spider nest cakes.
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