Are you ready for a spook-tacular halloween?! (See what I did there? Sorry..) We do love halloween cupcakes, they give us a chance to embrace our love of kitsch decorations, gaudy colours and icing that turns your teeth black. Hoorah!
This year, here’s something a little bit different from the normal sugarpaste decorations. We became really fond of these little meringue ghosts when we’d made them, they seemed to each have a bit of personality. We particularly liked seeing them all in their rogues line up. Not so much that we didn’t then bite their heads off. Well, it is halloween after all.
You will need:
Cupcakes (baked in our orange, black or green cases looks fab)
Buttercream (we coloured ours orange using Sugarflair Tangerine)
Angled palette knife (you can buy yours here)
Piping bags (you can buy yours here)
Writing tip no 2 (you can buy yours here)
Royal icing coloured black
50g Egg whites (we used 2 Chicks, it’s amazing!)
100g Caster sugar
Baking parchment (NOT greaseproof paper, this is not the same as baking parchment/baking paper!)
1. Whisk your egg whites until they are in soft peaks.
2. Add your sugar about half at a time, whisking really well.
3. Keep whisking until the meringue is really stiff and glossy. Looks gorgeous doesn’t it?
4. Put this into a piping bag with the tip snipped off.
5. Attach some baking parchment to a baking sheet using a couple of dots of the meringue. This is a really useful tip as stops the paper moving around!
6. Pipe little ghoul shapes by squeezing the bag, holding until the base size is what you want and gradually raising the bag.
7. Bake at 150C for about 30 minutes.
8. Switch the oven off and leave the oven door ajar whilst they cool for another 30 minutes.
9. When they are completely cold, pipe on black royal icing eyes, using your number 2 piping tip.
10. Using a palette knife, cover your cupcakes with buttercream icing and pipe spooky sayings on some using your black royal icing and sit your ghostly meringues on the others.
What are you baking for halloween? How are you celebrating? Any other spooky food ideas? Have a brilliant halloween!
Lots of cupcake love