Make your cupcakes creepy this Halloween with some cool cake toppers! Try my really simple cupcake recipe – then decorate with colourful icing and these groovy, spooky decorations.
4oz caster sugar
4oz soft butter
4oz gluten-free self-raising flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp gluten-free baking powder
Dash of milk
Optional – flavourings / icing / additional fillings
Preheat the oven to 190°C / Fan 170°C / Gas 5. Then, line a cupcake tray with cases before you start – you’ll probably need about 12. Or grease a large baking tin (or two if you’re doubling the mixture!) and line with baking paper.
I like speedy baking; feel free to mix the ingredients in the traditional ways and orders if you so choose, but I literally throw all of the ingredients into my mixer in one go!
Once mixed, spoon the batter into the cupcake cases or cake tin. Bake in the oven for about 12-15 minutes for cupcakes, or 25 minutes for a large cake. Keep an eye on your cakes and remove when golden brown.
To check that they’re ready, poke a fork into the middle of the cake and if it comes out clean they’re cooked – it’s as easy as that! If there’s still wet batter in the middle, bake for a little longer before testing it again.
Ice with colourful buttercream icing once cooled – my favourites are green, orange and purple for Halloween.
To make the ghost topper – simply cut a wiggly shape from white sheet-icing, lay over the iced cake and dot on two eyes in black. You can also buy edible googley eyes to stick on for an extra special touch!
If you’re feeling crafty, ball orange icing and score to form a pumpkin shape. Then use black icing to mould the shape of the stork, and cut a smile (or something creepier!) and triangles for the face.
Black icing could be moulded into a witch’s hat too, or create a spider’s web simply by cutting strips from white icing.
If you’re short on time, or not very crafty, Amazon have loads of different toppers, like the ones below, for just a few quid! Just pop on top and wallah your creepy cupcakes are complete!
Or draw or print your own toppers, like the ones below, and secure with wooden skewers or toothpicks.