For the scariest Halloween cupcakes in town, Dr. Oetker has you covered with this Halloween monster cupcake recipe.

Preparation time: 1 hour plus cooling

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Makes: 12

Ingredients

  • 12 cupcake cases
  • 125g (4 ½ oz) baking margarine, softened
  • 125g (4 ½ oz) caster sugar
  • 5ml (1 tsp) natural vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 175g (6oz) self-raising flour

To decorate:

  • 75g (3oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 150g (5oz) icing sugar + extra for dusting
  • 5ml (1 tsp) natural vanilla extract
  • Food Colour Gels (Orange, Green and Violet)
  • 115g (4oz) Dr. Oetker Regal-Ice White
  • 40g (1 ½ oz) black liquorice

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan oven, 350°F, gas mark 4). Put the cupcake cases in 12 cupcake or muffin tins. Put the margarine in a bowl with the caster sugar, eggs and Vanilla Extract. Sift the flour on top. Using an electric whisk, gently mix the ingredients together until well blended.
  2. Divide the mixture equally between the cupcake cases. Smooth the tops and bake for about 20 minutes until risen, and lightly golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. To decorate, put the butter in a bowl and beat until smooth. Gradually sieve and mix in the icing sugar to make a smooth, creamy icing. Stir in the vanilla extract. Divide into 3 equal portions and colour each with 2.5g (2.5ml/1/2 tsp) of a different colour gel, and mix well.
  4. Spoon the icing into 3 uncut small piping bags or small, clean, sturdy plastic food bags. Snip a tiny corner from the bags. Working on one colour at a time, pipe thin strands of icing, in short lines, back and forth, working your way around the top of the cake, from the centre to the edge. Continue piping strands on top, in layers, to build up a “hairy” look.
  5. When all the cakes are iced, knead the Regal Ice to soften it and then form into various sized eye shapes and teeth – use a little icing sugar to stop the icing sticking. Cut up small pieces of liquorice and push into the eyeballs, and use some for open mouths, nostrils and eyebrows. Arrange all the pieces on top of the cakes to make monster faces. Your cakes are now ready to serve, scare and enjoy!

TIP:

The great thing about making these colourful monsters is that you don’t need any special equipment. If you don’t have piping bags, choose a small plastic bag that is made from quite thick polythene. If the plastic is too thin, the bag may burst when you are squeezing out the icing.

Trim away the tiniest piece of the bag corner to pipe through in order to achieve the thinnest of piping; this way you will achieve the best “hairy” effect for your monsters.

Recipe from Dr. Oetker

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