Kids will love rolling out the soft and smooth fondant icing to get creative and decorate these spooky but undeniably cute cupcakes that are perfect for Halloween celebrations. With an adorable selection of cookie cutters and a precision icing pen in hand, little ones can let their imagination run wild and add a personal touch to each cupcake. These baked treats are sure to ignite their anticipation for the spooky night as they proudly display their eerie creations to the ghouls and goblins gathered around. An adorable activity to channel the Halloween spirit while enjoying deliciousness!
- 12 ready-made vanilla cupcakes or fairy cakes, or bake your own (see tip)
- 2 x 410 g cans of apricot halves in light syrup, drained (reserve the syrup)
- 100g raspberry jam
- some powdered sugar or cornstarch for dusting
- 500g pack ready to roll white fondant icing
- black icing stick
Make sure you roll out the frosting thick enough, especially if you aren’t serving it right away. If the glaze is too thin, it may become soggy when it comes into contact with the apricot. The ideal thickness would be the same as a 50p coin or around 2-3mm.
Make your own
Join us in making your own vanilla cupcakes from scratch simple recipe. To vary the taste, try ours Orange almond cupcakes (This recipe makes 24 cupcakes, so you’ll need to double the quantity for your Fright Night Fancies.)
- Remove the cakes from their paper cases.
- If the tops of the cakes are rounded, trim them with a serrated knife to create a flat surface.
- Turn the cakes over and place them on a large board or cake stand.
- Brush the cakes all over with the syrup from the drained apricots.
- Place 1 teaspoon of jam on each cake.
- Place an apricot half on top of the jam, rounded side up.
- Clean your work surface and then dust it with a little powdered sugar or cornstarch.
- Roll out the icing to the thickness of a 50p piece.
- It’s easier if you use half the icing at a time and wrap the remaining icing well so it doesn’t dry out.
- Using a 12cm fluted cutter, cut out 12 circles.
- Once you’ve cut out each circle, drape it over a cake.
- Draw scary faces with the black icing pen.
- Serve the fantasy of Fright Night.
- Can be prepared up to a day in advance.
- Eat leftover cake within a day.
Equipment and tools
To make Fright Night fantasy you will need the following equipment and tools:
- Cupcake or fairy cake tray
- rolling pin
- Pastry brush
- Powdered sugar shaker or cornstarch shaker
- Black icing stick
Please note that Fright Night fantasies may contain the following allergens:
- Gluten (contained in the cupcakes)
- Eggs (included in the cupcakes)
It’s important to check the labels of store-bought ingredients, especially when it comes to white fondant icing, as some brands may have different allergen information.
Storage and leftovers
If you have any leftover Fright Night delight, you can store it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. However, to ensure freshness, it is best to consume them as soon as possible. Do not put the cupcakes in the refrigerator or the frosting may become soggy.
If you need to make the Fright Night fantasy in advance, you can store the undecorated cupcakes in the freezer for up to 1 month. Thaw them at room temperature before decorating.
Health Benefits of “Fright Night Fancies”
Enjoying sweet treats like Fright Night Fancies can be a wonderful experience, especially when you consider the potential health benefits of some of the ingredients. While moderation is key, here are a few reasons why this spooky dessert can still be a guilt-free treat:
1. Apricot halves
The recipe calls for 2 x 410g cans of apricot halves in light syrup. Apricots are rich in fiber, which aids digestion and helps maintain a healthy weight. They also contain vitamin A, which promotes good vision and supports immune function.
2. Raspberry jam
A little 100g of raspberry jam gives the Fright Night Fancies a touch of flavor. Raspberries are rich in antioxidants, including vitamin C, vitamin K and various phytonutrients, which may help protect against chronic diseases. Additionally, raspberries are low in calories and high in fiber, making them a good choice for weight management.
3. Fondant icing
One of the key ingredients in these spooky treats is the roll-out white fondant icing, which creates a smooth and shiny finish. Although fondant icing is not particularly nutritious, it can still be enjoyed in moderation as part of a balanced diet. Occasionally enjoying sweet treats like these can contribute to overall happiness and contentment.
4. Homemade option
If you decide to make your own vanilla cupcakes from scratch, you have the freedom to choose the ingredients and customize the recipe to suit your preferences. Additionally, homemade cupcakes can be made with healthier alternatives such as whole-wheat flour or reduced sugar, increasing their nutritional value.
While Fright Night Fancies may seem like a decadent treat, the inclusion of ingredients like apricots, raspberry jam and the ability to customize the recipe offers some potential health benefits. However, always remember to enjoy these treats in moderation and as part of a balanced diet.