Here are some fun cupcakes for a date coming up soon.
Ingredients for the cupcakes
175g/6oz butter, softened
175g/6oz light brown sugar
3 eggs, beaten
25ml/1fl oz black treacle
225g/8oz self raising flour
2 tsp ground ginger
2 Tbsp ground almonds
2 Tbsp milk
For the buttercream
150g/5oz butter, softened
350g/12oz icing sugar
a few drops of green food colouring
white ready to roll fondant
Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4. Place 12 paper cases into a muffin tin. Beat the butter and sugar together until soft. Gradually beat in the eggs.
Stir in the treacle. Sift in the flour and ginger, then fold in. Stir in the ground almonds and milk, then stir until well blended. Spoon into the cake cases and bake for 20 minutes until springy to the touch. Leave to cool.
For the buttercream, beat the butter until very soft. Sift in the icing sugar and beat until smooth. Divide the buttercream into two bowls. Colour one bowl green with the food colouring.
To make the monster cakes, spread the green buttercream on top of 6 of the cakes.Decorate with two smarties for the eyes and 3-4 mini smarties for the mouth, add chocolate sprinkles for the hair.
To make the mummies, spread the white buttercream over the remaining cakes. Roll out some white fondant thinly and cut into short strips. Lay the strips over the cupcakes like bandages, then add two smarties to each cupcake for the eyes.