Despite the name, Phat Cupcake, I’m actually pretty rubbish at making cupcakes. I love baking but I just don’t have the patience to bake so much anymore. Then I suggested my workplace take part in the charity event Caketober and it kind of meant I had to bake something for it. I clearly hadn’t thought this through because I also suggested that we have a Halloween theme for the cakes, and I’m not the most creative when under pressure. Then I had an idea… and I don’t think it turned out half bad! An easy red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting topped with dirt and worms. Not only are they good for Halloween they are also good for any kid’s party who love getting dirty. The recipe is below and there’s also a chance to win tickets to the Cake and Bake Show in Manchester.
Ingredients – Makes 12
For the Cupcakes:
200 grams of Caster Sugar
200 grams of Self Raising Flour
1 large Egg
40 grams of Softened Salted Butter
20 grams of Cocoa Powder
1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
100ml of Buttermilk
80ml of Vegetable Oil
50ml of Water
Red Coloured Food Gel
For the topping:
200 grams of Cream Cheese
55g of softened Butter
100 grams of Icing Sugar
1/2 a packet of Original Oreo Biscuits
1 packet of Sour Worm Sweets
Preheat the oven to 165 degrees.
Whisk all the wet cupcake ingredients together until well combined. I find this is best with an electric whisk as it stops the mixture from splitting as easily.
In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients so they are even.
Tip the dry into the wet and mix until smooth.
Add the food colouring gel until the mixture is a dark red colour. I’ve not given a precise measurement as every type of food colouring is different although I like how the gels have a vibrant colour yet don’t add an artificial taste to the mix. I used 1/2 a teaspoon for mine.
Pour equal amounts into a lined cupcake pan and bake for 15-18 minutes until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
Pop onto a wire rack until cool.
For the topping cream together the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add the icing sugar and whisk until smooth and creamy. Crush the Oreos into as fine a consistency as possible. I did this in my food processor for that fine ‘dirt’ look.
Once the cakes are cool dollop a tablespoon sized amount of frosting to the top of each cupcake, spread so even and dunk into the Oreo mix. Decorate with the sour worms.
Do you fancy yourself as a star baker? The Cake and Bake Show are mixing it up (pun intended) this year and inviting you to bring your best bake along to be judged live on stage. Stars of the show including past winners Jo Wheatley and John Whaite will be there and there will also be live demonstrations from the likes of Rosemary Shrager and Gregg Wallace. As always there will be lots of cake brands there so take some pennies. The event takes place at Event City from the 12th to the 15th November and you could win 2 tickets by answering a really simple question.
All you need to do is comment below and tell me… what was the name of Mary Berry’s first book? A hint, you can find the answer from the Book People here.
The winner will be announced on the 5th November and the winner will be chosen at random from the comments entered. The prize will be honoured by the PR company. Travel to the event is not provided. Good luck!