Saturday, November 01, 2008

Sweet & Simple Bakes (October) - Spooktacular - Halloween - Cupcakes

It's HALLOWEEN. I still remember when I was still working at Loof Bar last year, I had those artistic make up done by the expert. hehe..
Anyway for this month's challenge, it was Spooktacular - Halloween Cupcakes. My attempt to make this month's challenge, was good but not as spooky as what Rosie and Maria (Sweet and Simple Bakes) mentioned in the post. Well, by adding raisins and chocolate chip to the mixture, is that creative too?? Hmm.. I do not have the witch cookie cutter or pumpkin cookie cutter or the black color icing to decorate my cupcake. I used grapefruit icing and added orange color to it. The cut-outs were actually real cookie that I baked separately (unfortunately, they were slightly burnt because I forgot to turn the oven temperature down... lol). Besides using the normal cupcake cases, I used the mini paper cupcakes cases too because they look so cute.. mini.. ;)

Spooktacular - Halloween - Cupcakes!
Makes approximately 12 cupcakes

175g (6 oz / 1 &1/3 cups) self-raising flour
175g (6 oz /1 &1/2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
175g (6 oz / 1 cup) of caster sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 - 4 tbsp milk
Icing/frosting of your choice – go wild and make a statement
Decorations of your choice – the spookier the better :)

You will need a 12 hole-muffin tin and 12 cupcake paper cases

Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan180°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6. Line a 12 hole-muffin tin with cupcake paper cases.

Sieve the flour into a bowl and leave aside. In a large mixing bowl add the butter and sugar and beat until the mixture becomes light in colour and fluffy. Add one egg at a time beating well between each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract and then gently fold in the flour until combined. Stir in the milk until you have a good dropping consistency. Spoon the mixture equally into the prepared muffin tin and place in the preheated oven. Bake for 20 -25 minutes or until risen and golden and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to completely cool.

Rosie’s notes:
1. Fill the cupcake paper cases no more than two-thirds full for the cupcakes to rise.
2. If the tops dome a little when completely cool, take a segregated knife and slice the domed tops off and discard, this enables flat tops for icing and decorations.
3. I have also measured my ingredients that I weighed out into cup measures as requested but please note if using, I cannot guarantee how accurate these measures are in cups.
If using plain flour because you cannot acquire self-raising flour add 1½ tsp of baking powder to the plain flour.

Though my cupcakes are not as spooky as they should be, but I tell you, they taste great!!! I am sure to make more of these cupcakes.. Thank you Rosie and Maria for this great recipe! :)
Check out the rest for the Spooktacular - Halloween - Cupcakes!!

Anyhoo, for the month of October, I was unable to complete one challenge from Cookie Carnival. But do check out for the October Round-Up here!

Have a good weekend everyone! :)


natalia said...

Ciao ! I love them ! they are all beautiful and spooky too ! I love the broken heart ! And you look spooky too !

lilmizlynn said...

natalia - i appreciate your comments. thank you :)

Ivy said...

Hey, you look spooky. You did a great job and anyway it's just the fun of participating and the taste of the cupcakes which counts on the bottom line.

lilmizlynn said...

Ivy - Thanks. Yea, I had fun making those cupcakes. :)

MiNDY said...

BOO! you and your cupcakes look spooky. the broken black heart is cool. thanks for visiting mine.

Adam said...

I really like the broken heart cupcake too, it's all black and deathly good :) Happy Halloween

Rosie said...

Hi Lilmizlynn your cupcakes look spooky fantastic to me - well done!! You look spooky too in your pic :)

Many thanks for taking part in S&SB event this month and I hope you will be able to join us in our next bake :)

Rosie x

Lisa said...

Ver spooky and nice costume!

lilmizlynn said...

Mindy, Adam, Rosie and Lisa, I really appreciate your comments. I had a great time making these cupcakes! Hope yall had a great Halloween 2008! :)

Arundathi said...

they really did spook me out!

Jin Hooi said...

wow.. spooky !! I loved the cupcakes too, they were sooo good !!

Maria said...

Hi Lilmizlynn
Your cupcakes are spooky cute, great job!

Thanks for taking part and hope you will join us in our next bake.


Bimmer said...

it's creative to put a cookie on top as decoration, cool!


Jescel said...

nice spooky make-up there! and your cupcakes are cute, not spooky but definitely holloweenish! :o)

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