Halloween Slash Cake Recipe🔪🩸

Fondant icing, strawberry jam and red food colouring are the secrets behind the ‘blood’ topping and filling. This recipe serves 16 and would be great for a Halloween party.

ingredients

  • 140g unsalted butter , plus extra for the tin
  • 100ml grapeseed oil , or another flavourless oil
  • 200ml milk
  • 3 tbsp yoghurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 250g light muscovado sugar
  • 250g plain flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder 
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • ¾ x 340g jar strawberry jam
  • 1¼ kg ready-to-roll white fondant icing
  • For the buttercream:
  • 600g icing sugar, sifted, plus extra for dusting
  • 300g butter, softened
  • red food colouring

method

  • Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Butter and line the bases of two 20cm sandwich tins.
  • Melt the butter in a pan, then remove from the heat and beat in the oil, milk, yogurt, vanilla and eggs.
  • Whisk the dry ingredients together with a large pinch of salt, squishing any lumps of sugar with your fingers.
  • Tip the wet ingredients into the dry, then whisk until smooth.
  • Divide the batter between the tins and bake for 25-30 mins on the same shelf of the oven until risen and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  • Leave to cool for 10 mins in the tins, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
  • To make the buttercream, beat together the sugar, butter and a few drops of the red food colouring. Add 2-3 tbsp of boiling water if needed to soften the mixture, until you end up with a smooth, spreadable icing.
  • Trim the cakes flat if needed, then halve each through the middle using a large serrated knife. Put one cake layer on a board or plate, spread over a thin layer of the buttercream and dot over a third of the jam. Top with another cake layer and repeat with the buttercream, jam and cake, finishing with a layer of cake. Use most of the remaining buttercream to ice the cake all over, reserving a small amount.
  • Roll the fondant icing out on a surface dusted with icing sugar until large enough to cover the top and sides of the cake.
  • Carefully lift it up onto the cake and smooth down to help it to stick. Use a sharp knife to cut slashes into the icing, then drizzle a little of the reserved buttercream mixed with some water into each to look like blood.


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Orange Boo Smoothie Recipe🍊👻

The frozen banana is the genius part of this recipe. It adds a brilliant creamy texture to the smoothie without having an overpowering taste of banana. The combination of vanilla and orange is reminiscent of the iconic ice pop the ‘Super Split’. To really amp up the flavour the orange zest or orange blossom are great in this Halloween smoothie. The only thing you will need is some food colouring to really boost the flavour and have it looking that vibrant spooky orange colour. This smooth, creamy, orange smoothie is an unusual twist on a smoothie but one you are sure to love.

ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 250 mls orange juice
  • 250g pot of vanilla yogurt  / orange yogurt
  • 1 tsp orange blossom / zest half orange
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • drop of yellow and orange food colouring
  • Optional: 1 orange peeled and chopped up

method

  • Freeze the banana for a few hours before you need it. Weigh out the ingredients and pop them in the blender. Blitz, pour and serve.

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Cupcakes for Zombies🧁🧠

This recipe was fun to make and I am now a self-proclaimed brain surgeon. 😷💉

ingredients

  • 140g butter, at room temperature
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 170g self-raising flour
  • 1 tbsp milk

For the Zombie icing

  • 300g icing sugar
  • 150g unsalted butter
  • Red food colouring
  • 12 cupcakes
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder

method

  • Preheat the oven to 180˚C/160˚C fan/gas mark 4 and line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper cases.
  • In a large bowl, beat together the butter and the sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Fold in the flour and add the milk. Spoon into the cases and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool completely.
  • For the Zombie icing
  • In a bowl, beat together the icing sugar and butter until thoroughly combined.
  • Stir in enough food colouring to make it pink and mix vigorously until evenly combined.
  • Spread a smooth layer of pink icing over each cupcake in a domed shape.
  • With the tip of a knife, make a line down the centre of each cupcake. Pipe a winding pattern of icing on each side of the centre line to create the brain wrinkles. Place the iced cupcakes in the freezer until needed.
  • In a shallow bowl, stir together the golden syrup, cocoa powder and a few drops of red food colouring.
  • Remove the cupcakes from the freezer and drizzle the tops in the syrupy “blood,” allowing any excess to drip off


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Bug Smoothie Recipe🕷️🕸️

Fun and creative Halloween Smoothies! Recipe makes 2 large smoothies or 4 small.

ingredients

  • 225g (71/2oz) frozen summer fruits, defrosted
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 300ml (10fl oz) cranberry juice
  • For the Apricot Cockroach
  • dried apricot
  • pumpkin seeds
  • currants or dried blueberries
  • For the Kiwi Caterpillars
  • kiwi fruit
  • sunflower or pumpkin seeds
  • currants or dried blueberries

method

  • Place the frozen summer fruits, banana and juice into a tall jug and whiz until smooth with a hand blender or use a food processor (you may need to sieve the smoothie afterwards if there are too many seeds).
  • Simply assemble and create. Use a wooden skewer to make holes in the bug first as the seeds will go in easier! Pour the smoothie into glasses and serve with ‘bugs’.


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