Halloween = diets out the window with all the tasty treats lining the shelves and our trick or treat buckets at the end of October. Last year I baked a batch of Spooky Ginger Spiced Sugar Cookies which were so cute, this year we’re going gory with my Zombie Mudcakes! Mint centred chocolate cupcakes with biscuit soil and a sugarpaste zombie hand – what more could you want on the scariest night of the year! Wash it down with one of my Red Widow cocktails and you’ve got yourself one hell of a Halloween party!
What You’ll Need
(Makes 6 Monster-Size Cupcakes!)
For the Cakes:
25g Plain Chocolate
125g Caster Sugar
150g Self-raising flour
2 Large Eggs
2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
Red Piping Icing
For The Chocolate Buttercream:
100g Butter Softened
200g Icing Sugar
25g Cocoa Powder
For The Mint Buttercream:
225g Icing Sugar
Green Food Colouring
Drop Peppermint Essence
1. Preheat your oven to 180oC/Gas Mark 4
2. Melt your chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan and set aside to cool slightly
3. Mix the flour, butter, cocoa powder, sugar and eggs in a bowl and once combined stir in the plain chocolate
4. Split the mixture between 6 cupcake cases and bake for 20-30 minutes until a skewer comes out clean
To make the buttercream: Combine your ingredients in two separate bowls and beat together.
Core each cupcake and fill with mint buttercream. Top your cupcakes with the chocolate buttercream using a palette knife until the tops are completely covered. Break up your biscuits in a bag using a rolling pin until completely crumbled and roll each cupcake in the biscuits to create a soil effect.
To make your spooky zombie hands take a ball of sugarpaste and mold it into a pear drop shape – don’t worry about cracks, the more the better! Using a knife cut five fingers into the larger end. Mold the fingers until you’re happy with the shape before piping some ‘dripping blood’ using your red icing! Place your zombie hand on top of the soil and bury the end to make it look like they’re crawling out of the ground!
I love the way these cupcakes look and the gory green centre is extra spooky! If you’re a mint chocolate fan you’re going to love these and they’re so easy to make too. Cool looking cupcakes don’t have to take hours or a million ingredients, these are perfect for your Halloween party or office bake sale or even to hand out at the door to willing trick or treaters!
Don’t forget to tweet me a picture @xameliax if you give my Zombie Mudcakes a go!