It won't be long until the witching hour of Halloween is upon us.
If you're hosting your own fright fest, why not try something a bit different this year? From a magical spider cake, to colourful Day of the Dead muffins and skeleton gingerbread men, these spooky bakes are sure to go down a (trick or) treat!
For an oozing, gruesome treat for zombies and werewolves, make a batch of these super simple brain cupcakes. Simply grab some fairy cakes and pipe squiggly lines of vanilla icing to create the 'brain' shape, before glazing over some melted strawberry jelly which will firm up to create that jiggly brain texture.
PUmpkin cauldron cake
Oozing with white chocolate ganache turned green and gangly purple tentacles, this pumpkin cauldron cake is the perfect Halloween party centrepiece. And, thanks to this handy step-by-step guide from the brilliant Briony Williams, you can recreate it at home!
Mini doughnut eyeballs
Keep an eye on your guests with these fruity doughnut eyeballs. Easy to put together, they're the perfect party treat to scare your guests with.
Whatever you’re planning on making this Halloween, why not add a spider web on top for a frightfully fancy touch?
There are loads of ways to incorporate creepy cobwebs into your bakes, depending on what you have in your kitchen cupboard and how messy you want to get. One option kids will love is to carefully melt marshmallows in the microwave and then stretch the web-like mixture with your hands over your cake. Alternatively, you could use a piping bag to create the spider web shape like our bright orange spider web creation below.
Day of the dead muffins
If you love Halloween but don't want to go for the strictly black and orange colour scheme, why not whip up some pretty-turned-gruesome Day of the Dead-inspired muffin skulls?
Using readymade muffins, this colourful design is easy to replicate if you have some time. You'll just need to trim the top off of each muffin to make it flat, spread a little fudge icing over the tops and then sandwich two together to make a long hexagon shape. Next comes the creative bit; roll out your fondant icing and get decorating.
The beauty of these gingerbread biscuits is that they don't have to be perfect.
To make the dough, sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, and all the spices (like the ginger and cinnamon) into a bowl. Rub the butter into the mixture until it resembles breadcrumbs. Then add the sugar, golden syrup and egg, and mix to form a stiff dough. Roll out the mixture and then cut out men shapes and arrange on the baking trays. Once baked and cooled, get the kids involved by drawing on scars, casts and bandages with the icing. The more imperfect – the better!
Pumpkin patch cake
Cut into this frightfully impressive Halloween showstopper and you'll be greeted by a deeply rich chocolate sponge and ganache centre. And, if that hasn't tempted you, the bake comes topped with iced profiteroles! Talk about a party centrepiece...