It won't be long until the witching hour is upon us. But 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 treat!
Whatever you’re planning on making this Halloween, why not add a spider web on top for a frightfully fancy touch? There are multiple 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
Whip up some pretty but 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 about these biscuits is that they don't have to be perfect! To make, you'll need to 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, encourage the kids to get involved with drawing on scars, casts and bandages with the icing.
Pumpkin patch cake
Pumpkin might be in the name of this cake, but when you cut into this frightfully impressive Halloween showstopper you'll be greeted with a rich sponge and a chocolate ganache centre. And, if that hasn't tempted you, the bake comes topped with iced profiteroles!