Monday 21 October 2013

Revolting Rotten Halloween Cupcakes...

This is one of the simplest things you can make for a Halloween treat and my children love them.We call them Revolting Rotten Cupcakes because the first time we made them was for Children's Book Week a couple of years ago, but they're perfect for Halloween!

Last Month's Children's Book Week Roald Dahl Revolting Recipe...

Take a basic sponge mix ~

Weigh 2 eggs (will be approx 120g)
Measure out the same weight in sugar and butter ~ cream them together in a bowl (if you wish you can reduce the sugar in the recipe - especially if your fruit is sweet)
Add the eggs a bit at a time
Add the same weight in self-raising flour and mix
If you want to add any flavourings (vanilla, lemon juice etc) do so now. We added a tablespoon of lemon juice to our mix this time.

 Add some chopped fruit ~ Any fruit really, cut into quite large chunks

Pineapple (tinned or fresh)
Apple ~ softened ~ stew, or chop up and put in the microwave for a minute with 2 tablespoons of water
Berries ~ raspberries/strawberries/blueberries ~ these give a particularly satisfying result

Split your mixture into 3

Add food colourings. Anything blue, green, purple or grey works best....gel colours are best, although we have a mix of gel and liquid here...


Dab the mixture into the cake cases, swapping between colours. Silicone cases are best if you have them because you can remove them easily later for best effect. For once it really doesn't matter how tidy or pretty they look...

Bake at 180/350/gas mark 4 until they spring back instantly when you press the top ~ around 18-20 minutes.

Decorate however you want to....

The fruit pieces add a special surprise 'rotten goo' to the cupcakes....

Our oldest girl took a far better photo than I did - so the photo-credit for this one goes to her....

I've added this post to the Friday Foodie Linky ~ Halloween Special 

And to A Mummy Too....

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  1. They look horrible - but strangely delicious!

  2. Well done you for creating such spookiness!
    thank you for linking up with the #FridayFoodie

  3. Oh they look fantastically revolting! Whenever we add food colouring lately it doesn't take - will try again with fruit,

    1. The beauty of this is that it doesn't matter what colour it turns out - in fact the worse the better :D

  4. hee hee they do look as thier name would suggest but how wonderful x

    1. Thank you - that's very welcome praise indeed from you, your recipes always look amazing :D x

  5. Strangely, I quite like all the colours. I think they look rather exciting and such a fun thing to do with kids.

    1. It's a rare bake that you can let your children just do with only a very minimum of help :)

  6. Not really into gross looking cakes, but I actually want to give these a go!

  7. Oh these are hilarious and brilliant!! Thanks so much for linking up with #recipeoftheweek! I've pinned this recipe and there's a fresh linky live now, if you'd like to join in...if you haven't already! :)

    1. Glad you like them! I didn't have chance to bake last week or make anything exciting, so it'll have to wait until next time - thank you for your comments and thanks for pinning :)

  8. I guess I know what we are doing this afternoon. We have already planned veggie wellington for tea.

    1. Awesome stuff :D I hope you really enjoy it and have a lovely day xx


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