Kids love baking with opportunities to take their turns measuring, mixing and stirring and the reward of tasty homemade treats. Add the fun of baking to a ladle-full of Halloween excitement and you have the perfect recipe for family fun.
This recipe for yummy cupcakes is quick and easy, ideal for captivating young children with short attention spans. It also uses bananas to add some natural sweetness. Once cooled, you can ice them together and top with fangtastic decorations for each cupcake with Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons.
How will your family choose to decorate your Halloween treats this year? Perhaps a grinning spider in an intricate web, a ghoulish skeleton or a spooky ghost for your fiendish designs.
Here’s how to make these tasty munchies with your own little monsters.
Halloween Banana Cupcakes recipe
Makes 12 cupcakes
For the cupcakes:
3 bananas, mashed
100g butter, softened
150g plain flour, sieved
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp ground cinnamon
a pinch ground nutmeg
splash of milk
For the icing and decoration:
60g butter, softened
125g icing sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons
Icing decorating tubes
Preheat the oven to 160°C/gas mark 4. Fill a 12-hole tin with paper cupcake cases.
Place the mashed bananas and eggs into a mixing bowl and mix until well combined. Add the softened butter and beat until creamy.
Add the sugar, flour, baking powder and spices to the banana mixture and stir gently until everything is well combined. Add a splash of milk if the mixture feels too stiff.
Divide the mixture evenly between the 12 paper cases, ensuring the tops are smooth and even.
Bake for 20-25 minutes. To test whether your cupcakes are ready, touch one lightly - if it springs back, they’re ready.
Leave the cupcakes in the tin for 10 minutes to cool slightly before moving them to a wire rack to cool completely.
To make the icing, place the softened butter in a bowl and sift on the icing while beating with a spoon or an electric beater until smooth. Add a teaspoon or two of milk if the mixture becomes too stiff. Using the back of a teaspoon, spread the icing evenly on top of each cupcake.
Once iced, decorate with Cadbury products.
Note: Never leave your children alone in the kitchen mid-cooking session and drum into them that hot pans and ovens can be dangerous. A serving of these recipe should be seen as a treat - best enjoyed occasionally as part of a balanced diet.