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Chocolate Mint Halloween Cupcakes

Yields1 ServingPrep Time45 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time1 hr

Halloween Cupcakes 1

For the cake
 3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon soya milk
 4 teaspoons cider vinegar
 1 + 1/3 cups self-raising flour
 1 cup caster sugar
 1/4 cup cocoa powder
 1/4 teaspoon salt
 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
 1/3 cup rapeseed oil
 1 table spoon vanilla extract
 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
For the frosting
 5 tablespoons margarine
 5 tablespoons vegetable fat/shortening (or suet if you cant it)
 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
 1/2 - 1 teaspoon mint extract (depending how minty you like it)
 6 cups icing sugar
 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons soya milk
 1/4 teaspoon green food colouring paste (or more to make it greener)
For the decoration
 Ready to roll icing, various colours (or make your own)
 Cake writing icing/gel
Make the cakes

Pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F/GM4.


Fill the muffin tray with cases.


Mix the vinegar and soya milk together with a fork, leave while you make the rest of the cake mixture (about 10 mins) - it should curdle.


In a large bowl, fully mix together the flour, caster sugar, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, and bicarbonate of soda with a wooden spoon.


Give the milk and vinegar a mix, and add it to the dry ingredients, then add the oil, vanilla extract, and mint extract.


Quickly mix everything together for about 10 secs (don't worry if it's still lumpy).


Spoon the mixture into the cake cases, then tap the tray on the side to make the bubbles pop (to slow the rising agents from working too quickly).


Put in the oven for about 15 mins.


Once baked, take the tray out and leave the cakes in the tray cooling for 10 mins, then take the cakes out, and cool completely on a wire rack.

Make the frosting

Using a mixer, whip the margarine and vegetable fat, until they are completely combined. If using suet, make sure there are no lumps left, using the back of a spoon against the side of the bowl will help to break the pieces up (or very slightly melt the suet first - to soften, not melt!!).


Mix in the vanilla extract, mint extract, and green colouring.


Add half of the icing sugar and half the milk, and mix slowly to ensure it mixes in without going everywhere!


Mix in the rest of the icing sugar and milk.


Add a little extra milk or icing sugar if it's too thick or soft.

To decorate

Pipe the frosting onto the top of the cakes.


Roll out the coloured icing to approx 3-5mm thick, and cut out halloween-y shapes.


Arrange the shapes onto the cakes, and use the writing icing/gel to add final touches.