You can’t beat a few fun cupcakes at any time of the year and Halloween is a perfect opportunity to get creative. Over the weekend, I made chocolate cupcakes with a spooky graveyard theme.
Start with a batch of chocolate cupcakes. If you’re making them from scratch (which I always prefer), allow them to cool completely before moving on to the next step.
Break up 12-15 Oreos and whizz them in a food processor until they resemble fine crumbs (or dirt!).
Make a simple chocolate frosting — I used 8 squares of melted milk chocolate, a splash of milk and enough icing sugar to thicken it up. I usually make an indulgent buttercream frosting for my cupcakes but since this lot are going to be coated in cookie crumbs, I figured they’d be rich enough (and have enough calories) as it is!
Spread the frosting on to each cupcake and top with the crushed Oreos. Work quickly as this simple frosting will start to set faster than most.
For the tombstones, I used plain rectangular-shaped biscuits (I cheated and used shop-bought!). A food colour pen or tube will help you to draw on little inscriptions. Gently but firmly push each tombstone in to a cupcake. If you’re not serving the cupcakes immediately, skip this step until the last minute as the biscuits may soften quickly and crumble once they’re out of their packet.
Finish off your cupcakes with some small edible decorations — gummy worms, pumpkins, cats etc. This would also be a really good way to decorate a traybake and you could even add more fun touches such as chocolate matchsticks for a fence and white candyfloss for cobwebs. There are really just so many possibilities!
The only downside of these cupcakes is that the fine Oreo crumbs make these super messy to eat so be sure to have some napkins to hand…But as far as downsides go; that’s hardly a bad one now, is it? 😉