Happy Halloween!!! I have to say it is one of my favorite days! Scary movies, dressing up, carving pumpkins and lots of treats!! Being gluten and dairy-free should not stop the celebrations! Here are some cupcakes I made
for my little brothers Halloween party, none of the kids ever know they are GF either!
Scary Spider Cupcakes
These are really easy and kids will love them! you do need to make sure you get gluten-free licorice and use skittles for the eyes, I made the cupcakes with Pamela’s chocolate cake mix which is my favorite and they taste much lovelier than they look!!
To make them simply bake and cool your cupcakes, fill the pan just over 3/4 of the way because you want them to rise with a bump! You can top them two ways, I used Wilton’s black sparkle gel to cover the top of the cupcake but you could also add a few drops of black food colouring to the df icing recipe below and use that. Take two licorice sticks and chop in half then slice again lengthways to create eight legs. Insert the legs evenly into both sides of the spider. Place two skittles at the front for eyes, use a little frosting to make them stick (I died mine green for a creeper effect) then dot each eye with black writing icing to create a pupil.
These scary guys are fun to make! First you need to place a marshmallow on a toothpick so you can hold it easily. In a bowl mix together green food colouring and a little water. Holding your tooth pick, with a clean brush paint the marshmallow, you don’t want to soak it just lightly coat it.
When you are done place the tooth pick into an orange while it dries and continue to paint some more. When they are dry draw on the features with black writing icing and add 2 bolts on his neck with red icing.
Then add some green food colouring to the frosting recipe below and top your cupcakes, place the Frankenstein head in the middle and for his arms cut a gf jelly snake in half and place just under the marshmallow and you are done!
Now for these mini mummies, bake up a batch of mini cupcakes (you can stick to large ones if you like) Roll out some white fondant and cut into strips.
Top each cupcake with some gf frosting then layer a strip or two of fondant at the top of his head, place two skittles for eyes and dot each one with black writing icing then place another fondant strip over the bottom of them to hold them in place then continue to cross the fondant until the mummy is covered.
Finally you can whip up some scary eyes by topping a mini cupcake with frosting then drawing on bloodshot lines with red writing icing and then pop a skittle in the middle to make an eye. I also topped a few with sprinkles and candy pumpkins for the kids at his school that may not want to eat such scary looking cupcakes!!
Dairy Free Frosting:
- 3 cups of confectioners sugar (icing sugar)
- 1 tub of tofutti
- 2 tablespoons of vanilla bean paste or 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
- 4 tablespoons of earth balance buttery spread
- Simply mix all of the ingredients together to create a delicious fluffy frosting!