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halloween cupcakes

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For the cupcakes:

175 g g Flour Flour
0,5 tsp tsp Baking Powder Baking Powder
0,5 tsp tsp Bicarbonate of Soda Bicarbonate of Soda
100 g g Cocoa Powder Cocoa Powder
200 g g Caster Sugar Caster Sugar
200 g g Butter Butter
3 pieces piece Eggs Egg
200 ml ml Buttermilk Buttermilk
1 pinches pinch Salt Salt

For the icing:

100 g g Cream Cheese (Filadelfia style) Cream Cheese (Filadelfia style)
100 g g Butter Butter
75 g g Icing Sugar Icing Sugar
100 g g Dark Chocolates Dark Chocolate

To serve:

28 Jelly Beans Jelly Beans

Mud Cupcakes with Jelly Worms

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15 min


Cooks notes: these cupcakes could easily be topped with and filled with nutella if you don’t fancy making a frosting. Do not overmix this as it will create a dense cupcake.

Equipment needed: cupcake cases, muffin tray

Preheat oven to 180°C/350°f/gas mark 4 anddivide the cupcake cases between the muffin trays.

Soft the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and cocoa powder into the bowl of a stand-alone mixer or in a large bowl with a handheld mixer, add the remaining cupcake ingredients and mix to form a smooth batter, taking care not to overmix.

Divide between the cupcake cases and place in the oven to bake for 15 minutes until risen and cooked through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before removing from the tray, place on a cooling rack to cool completely.

When the cupcakes have cooled, using a handheld mixer beat together the cream cheese, butter and icing sugar until smooth and then fold through the chocolate until fully incorporated. Spoon into a piping bag.

Crumble 4 of the muffins onto a tray. With the remaining 14 muffins, using a small spoon, scoop out a little of the centre of each cupcake. Cut off the end of the piping bag and divide the icing mixture between the cupcakes, piping a little into the centre and enough on top to spread across the surface. Spread the icing to cover the top of each cupcake and top with the crumbled cupcakes to give the effect of soil. Insert 2 jelly worms onto the top of each cupcake, nuzzling them into the soil, and dig in!