Halloween is here and all the amazing spooky decorations are starting to show on the streets. I love baking for Halloween these simple vanilla cupcakes, with colourful frosting.
Cupcakes are very versatile, so this recipe can be used for any occasion, you just play with the colours of the frosting. So I decided this time to make Halloween cupcakes. Look at these adorable, easy and yummy cupcakes in Halloween colours. Orange colour as pumpkins and black colour for the darker Halloween characters.
So what Halloween really means to your family? Is it just a date in a calendar or you hang out with friends and family in costumes and visit all the spooky parties ? How about decorations? Did you front yard changed to grave yard?
I have started to enjoy Halloween, when I first had my kids. For me it’s all the baking, spooky decorations and then of course this sweet trick or treat. Who doesn’t want candies right? My kids love Halloween as much as I do. We decorate, bake, cook everything in the theme of Halloween, we make so many spooky treats, like gelatin warms in Oreo crumbs mud. We dress up the whole week in different costumes.
And the pumpkin carving, yes this is actually the biggest competition in our family. We buy at least 5 pumpkins and everybody carves. Big pumpkins, small pumpkins, any kind of pumpkins. And I can’t wait to do so this weekend!
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Back to these delicious and easy to make vanilla cupcakes. Even my 8-year-old kids are able to get together the cupcake batter. And the decoration, wow every year they get better and better, I think I know where the talent is coming from hihihi .
Alright, so this is the recipe for the easy cupcake batter, let’s do it together!
HALLOWEEN’S VANILLA CUPCAKES
Preparation time: 25 minutes ⭐cook time: 20 minutes⭐ servings: 12 cupcakes
Batter for 12 cupcakes
- 1 cup self rising flour
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 stick + 1 Tbs of soft butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 tablespoon milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven on 170C/325C, middle rack. Prepare muffins tin with paper liners.
- Sift self-rising flour into a mixing bowl with sugar and baking soda.
- Add softened butter and eggs begin to beat on low, then turn up to medium for a minute.
- While mixing add warm milk and vanilla extract. If you are adding colouring, this is the time to add it into the milk and stir well, then add in the batter.
- Mix on medium speed for 30 seconds.
- Divide among 12 paper liners ( ¾ full).
- Bake at 170C / 325F, for 20 minutes. Stick the wooden stick inside to make sure it’s well baked.
- Let cool off on a wire rack.
Preparation time: 15 minutes ⭐cook time: 0 minutes⭐ servings: 2.5 -3 cups
When you say buttercream, you want fluffy and creamy texture, which smells like vanilla. I love buttercream, but prefer less sweetened, so this version of buttercream is less sweet, then any other recipe you will find on the internet. And, if it is still too sweet for you, then reduce the amount of sugar, as well as liquids.
For vanilla buttercream
- 2/3 cup unsalted and softened butter (room temperature)
- 2 1/2 cup icing sugar, sifted
- 3-4 tbsp whole milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- few drops of gel colouring
- Place the softened butter in a mixing bowl and start to mix on high speed for about 10 minutes.
- Why that long? Butter will be fluffier and more white. It won’t have this yellowish colour.
- Lower the speed on minimum and start adding half of the quantity of sugar and vanilla extract.
- Once the half of the sugar is well incorporated, you can add the other half.
- Now it’s time to add the milk. It is all up to you, how many tablespoons you want to add. I usually put 4 tablespoons of milk, because I like my buttercream more soft.
- If you are planing colouring your buttercream, now it’s the time to add your food colouring in your milk. Use only gel food colouring, otherwise extra liquid in buttercream could make your buttercream liquid.
- You may also use any kind of liquid (doesn’t need to me milk), such as orange juice, alcohol, purees, etc.
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