Gravestone Halloween Cupcakes

Halloween is all about ghost, ghouls, spooks, eating way to many sweets, chocolate and most of all having fun.  I had to get in the kitchen and create something on the Halloween theme and I decided on a couple of cupcakes.  The main ones I made were gravestone cupcakes.  Very simple to do and you can get the kids in the kitchen with you.  They will have so much making these and just as much fun sampling along the way.   What you will need:

For the cupcake mix

6oz self raising flour

6oz unsalted butter or margarine (I used Stork)

6oz caster sugar

3 eggs 

1/2 tsp of vanilla extract

For the topping

4oz unsalted butter

8oz of icing sugar

50g of plain chocolate

Rich tea fingers or Biscoff biscuits

White writing icing 

1 pack of oreos made into a breadcrumb texture (I used a pack of oreo crumbs)

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  1. Preheat oven to 190c, gas mark 5, 375 Fahrenheit and add bun cases to a 12 hole bun tin
  2. In a large bowl add the butter or margarine at room temperature to the bowl and the sugar and cream together until smooth then add the eggs one at a time along with the sifted flour and slowly stir in until you get a creamy smooth mixture then add the vanilla extract and stir in

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3.  Fill each bun tin about 2/3 of the way up the cases.  I use an ice cream scoop as you get a round finish and a level amount in each one

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4. Bake in the  middle of the oven for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown and when you gently press the centre they should spring back. Remove from the tray and and put onto a cooling rack

   5. In a microwavable bowl add the plain chocolate and put into the microwave for 10 second blasts and keep stirring well between each one until melted and set aside to cool slightly.  In a separate bowl add the butter and icing sugar and mix until smooth and creamy then add the melted chocolate and combine

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6. Take a palette knife or a rounded knife and add some of the mixture to the top of your cooled cupcakes and repeat till all buns covered.  Make sure a good amount of buttercream is used as this is what will be used to support the biscuits

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7. Now add lots of the crushed up oreos until the top is covered in crumb to give the soil look.   Snap in half a rich tea finger or biscoff like I used and on the plain side use your icing pen and write RIP on the back then push down into the buttercream

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As a bit of extra fun I made a 12oz mix instead of a 6 oz mix and I made another 12 vanilla cupcakes, buttercream the same way but instead of adding chocolate I added orange food colouring (any bright colours you have).  I bought some jelly eyeballs and stuck to the centre of the cupcake with a little of the buttercream then piped using the star nozzle around the eyeball to make monster eye cupcakes.

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Happy Halloween x

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