That time of year again! The creepiest night of the year, HALLOWEEEEN! (Que dramatic scary tension music!) I sound like a real spoil sport when I say this but I never really celebrate Halloween, I’ve dressed up a few times and gone out on the lash because it was an excuse, but now I just feel a bit old for the celebrations. Old? Pffft I’m 21. I know, I know I should get myself out there and get all glammed up but it just feels like a competition when your older of who can pull off a devil or witches outfit and look the sexiest… not the scariest. It’s exactly how Cady in Mean Girls explains it “In the real world, Halloween is when kids dress up in costumes and beg for candy. In Girl World, Halloween is the one day a year when a girl can dress up like a total slut and no other girls can say anything else about it.” HA!
However, this year, I’ll be heading to Bongo’s Bingo for their Halloween edition, so yes, I am essentially celebrating it this year, just not dressing up. Boohoo!
I have two nieces, one’s four and the other is three. They’re finally, well sort of, at that stage where they understand Halloween. It’s fab getting them all dressed up and spooky looking, they love it! Therefore, I decided to raid HobbyCraft and make some Halloween goodies for them to give out to their fellow trick or treaters.
HobbyCraft have a huge Halloween section on their site, there are so many funky items, cool crafts and accessories, it made me so excited and right in the ghoul’s mood. I decided on making cupcakes and here they are, whatcha think?
I thought I’d to share the recipe to my success, although I can’t say I made these all from scratch. I had a little helping hand from Betty Crocker and her Classic Vanilla Cake Mix! Here’s the recipe to how I made them…
- 1 box Betty Crocker™ Velvety Vanilla Cake Mix
- 90 ml vegetable oil
- 180 ml water
- 3 medium free range eggs
- You’ll need to preheat your oven to 180°C (160°C for fan assisted ovens) / Gas Mark 4.
- Then mix together the eggs, oil, water and Classic Vanilla Cake Mix gently together and whisk (by hand or electric mixer) for 2-3 minutes until silky and creamy.
- Pour the cake mix evenly into your heatproof cupcake cups.
- Bake in the centre of the oven for 22-27 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of one cupcake comes out clean, then cool on a wire rack.
- Lastly, I used the Renshaw Ready To Roll Poppy Red Icing, plus the Wilton White Decorating Icing to create patterns and faces. I also used Cake Angels Trick or Treat Sprinkles and Wilton Edible Candy Eyes with Eyelashes! They look so cute, then I put them in these fantastic Wilton Deadly Soiree Skull Cupcake papers to finish!
And there we have it, the perfect Halloween treats! Do you celebrate Halloween?