In the kitchen

Halloween Baking with Kids

Halloween is a strange time of year for me. On the one hand, I love the dressing up, the pumpkin carving, the parties and change to be creative. On the other hand, I’m a Christian, which means I’m not wholly comfortable celebrating death, darkness and fear. I’m also not a huge fan of trick or treating…

This year at my Church we decided to hold an alternative Halloween party – a Light party (you can find out more here). The children still get to dress up, eat sweets and play games but it’s done in a safe Christian environment. Celebrating light over darkness, life over death and hope over fear.

This brings me onto the reason for the post. It is my job to organise some cake decorating activities for the children and I’d share my ideas.

The children will be decorating cupcakes to look like ghosts and spiders webs.

Here is what you need:

  1. Cupcakes – you could buy them but if you want to make them, the recipe is below.
  2. Icing sugar and water
  3. Marshmallows
  4. Writing icing

 

Vanilla cupcakes

Makes 48.

Ingredients:

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Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180.
  2. Place all the ingredients together in a bowl and whisk for 2 minutes until well combined.
  3.  Spoon mixture into cupcake cases. You will probably need to do this in two batches if you are making the full quantity.
  4. Bake for 20-25 mins, switching them round after 15 mins if you are baking two lots at once.
  5. Leave to cool.

To make the icing:

Stir together icing sugar with water. You want the mixture to be thin enough to pour but not too runny that it all runs off the cupcakes.img_8519

Now is the fun part!

For the ghosts:

Place a marshmallow on top of a cupcake

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Then slowly pour on a little bit of icing. You don’t want to drown them! The icing will run off a bit, but it’s part of the charm!

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Using the writing icing, you can draw little faces on:

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For the spiders’ webs:

Spread a little bit of icing onto the cupcake

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Then draw circles from the middle outwards and using a cocktail stick or knife draw lines from the centre outwards to make a spiders web!

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And there you go! Two easy Halloween cupcake decorations!

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