Baking: Frankenstein's Monster

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

With only 10 days to go until Hallow'een, I thought that I would share a pinch of baking inspiration. Pinterest during this time of the year is an absolute beauty to behold, with mouthwatering treats left, right, and centre. I found the idea to create Frankenstein's Monster(s) here—definitely go over and have a look, as there are plenty more Hallowe'en baking extravaganzas to be discovered. Disclaimer: these treats were made with a massive amount of help from my trusty head-chef Meg. She deserves all of the credit!

To recreate these tasty treats, you will need:
- 125g butter (and about 250/300g for the icing)
- 125g sugar
- 150g plain flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- Icing sugar (amount judged by eye)
- Chocolate sprinkles
- Brown m&ms
- Food dye!

Meg managed to bag herself the most amazing dye set that you can find here. It allows her to create the most magnificent colours, aiding us greatly in creating our Frankenstein's Monsters.

Baking the actual cupcakes was the easy part—it was the icing where the fun began. To make the perfect cupcake, simply whisk together the butter and sugar, add the eggs one by one, whisking in-between, and then add the remaining ingredients. A sticky dough should form, allowing you to fill 12 cupcake cases.

Wanting to create two different Hallowe'en designs, we opted for pumpkin-inspired orange icing with black specs. Season appropriate, right? We made two separate bowls of icing, combining butter with twice as much icing sugar. We then proceeded to use Meg's fab colour dye kit to create the brightest green and orange possible. The orange cupcakes were pretty simple—using Meg's piping syringe, the icing was swirled on in a pretty pattern, with black specs being sprinkled over the top. The monsters, however, were slightly more difficult. Adding a blob of green to the top of each cupcake, we then attempted to flatten the icing into a square, to create his head. A lot harder than it sounds, we managed to create a height that we were both satisfied with, before adding brown m&ms as eyes. Meg had the brilliant idea of using some chocolate chips as the monster's bolts, which add that perfect extra effect. Lastly, we added chocolate sprinkles to each monster's head, giving the illusion of hair. And there we have them! If I'm honest, they look more cute than they do scary, but at least they're a whole lot better than last year's attempt (take a sneaky peak here).

Are you guys baking anything tasty for the spooky season? Happy Hallowe'en!

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