Village Cafe celebrates Halloween with cupcakes

Halloween cupcakes with chocolate fudge icing

This week is National Baking Week and Pelsall’s Village Cafe has found the ideal cupcake recipe that can be made during the school holidays – just in time for Halloween.

These cupcakes are chocolatey and decorated with pumpkins and spiders’ webs. And as the recipe makes 22, there are plenty for sharing with friends.

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 20-25 minutes

Ingredients

150g softened butter or margarine
150g caster sugar
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
3 medium eggs, beaten
150g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
50g cocoa powder

To decorate

50g butter or margarine
2 tbsp milk
250g icing sugar, sifted
500g pack Super Cook Ready-to-Roll coloured icing
75g pack Super Cook writing icing

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Place 22 paper cake cases in bun tins. Using an electric hand whisk, beat the butter, sugar and vanilla together for 4-5 minutes or until very pale and creamy. Gradually add the beaten egg then sift in the flour with the baking powder and half of the cocoa. Using a metal spoon, fold in carefully. Half fill the paper cases with the mixture.
  2. Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until the cakes have risen and the tops spring back when pressed lightly with your finger. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. To make the chocolate icing, melt the butter with the remaining cocoa in a bowl placed over a pan of simmering water, or microwave on high for 1 minute. Add the milk and 225g of the icing sugar and beat until smooth and glossy. Place a little of the icing on each cake and smooth with a round-bladed knife dipped in hot water.
  4. To make the orange icing, blend 15g red and 125g yellow icing with the remaining icing sugar. Roll out, then cut out pumpkin shapes. Add faces with the writing tubes and make green-icing stalks. Place on the top of the cakes.

This recipe has been reproduced with permission from Waitrose.

The Village Cafe has a Facebook Page, which features special weekly offers. During half term, it is celebrating Halloween with goodies to give away also. And on Halloween itself some staff are dressing up.

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