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Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts with Cinnamon Glaze

Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts with Cinnamon Glaze by She Who Bakes.

This recipe really caught my eye this year! You see so many recipes for Pumpkin Pie but not much of anything else. The plan is to use up the leftover pumpkin from our annual pumpkin carving session.. It helps that it will make something super tasty!

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Here’s what I am planning; Pumpkin Spiced Doughnuts. This recipe is courtesy of our fab guest blogger Britt, from She Who Bakes.

Ingredients for Doughnuts;

  • 220g pumpkin purée
  • 350g plain flour
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 2 large free range eggs
  • 60g softened unsalted butter
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp ground ginger
  • 1tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1tsp mixed spice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda

Ingredients for the Cinnamon Glaze:

  • 300g icing sugar
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of water

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Step 1: For the pumpkin purée; Cut off a section of pumpkin. De-seed, peel and cut into chunks.

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Step 2: Weigh your chunks of pumpkin to 220g.

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Step 3: Boil for 20 minutes or until soft. Then whizz in a food processor or mash! Then leave the purée to cool.

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Step 4: Meanwhile, make your doughnut dough. Mix together your brown sugar and softened butter.

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Step 5: Then add in your eggs. Once they have been mixed in, add in the flour, baking powder, salt, bicarbonate of soda and all the spices.

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Step 6: Then add in your pumpkin purée.

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Step 7: Mix on a high speed to create a wet dough.

Step 8: Now, if you had a doughnut pan, this is where you would spoon the mixture into the cavities. However, I am without one (if you were thinking of what to get me for Christmas…) so I had to improvise. The mixture is too wet to roll and cut out shapes. Instead I popped the dough into a piping bag and piped circles of the dough onto a lined baking tray.

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Step 9: Bake for 10-12 minutes.

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Step 10: Once your doughnuts have cooled, make up the cinnamon glaze. Take 300g of icing sugar, 1tsp of cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of water and mix in bowl

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Step 11: Dip your doughnuts into the glaze and before it sets, sprinkle with a cinnamon sugar. (1tsp cinnamon and 3tsp caster sugar)

They sound awesome, right? A good way to use up those Pumpkins this Halloween. A huge thanks to our Guest Blogger: Britt from She Who Bakes, for taking the time to write up this recipe for us!

To see more of Britt’s lovely recipes see her blog.

Here’s some Pumkins we’ve been busy carving… non of them are going to waste!

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Frankenstein Cupcakes

Frankenstein Cupcakes by Victorious Cupcake

I love these Frankenstein Cupcakes by Victorious Cupcakes posted with Good To Know Recipes!

This step by step for your decorative cuppies for this years Halloween Party! They’ll be a hit!

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Equipment

Ingredients 

You can also by white sugarpaste and colour it yourself using either Rainbow Dust Pro-Gels or Sugarflair Paste Colours.

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Step 1: Bake your cupcakes and leave to cool. Using the palette knife, spread the buttercream onto the tops of the cupcakes. Be sure not to spread it too close to the paper or it will make a mess when you put the fondant on the top.

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Step 2: Roll your green fondant out to 4mm thick and cut 12 x 68mm circles.

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Step 3: Lay the green circles of fondant over the top of the buttercream and smooth the edges with the tips of your fingers.

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Step 4: Using the same circle cutter, roll the remainder of the green fondant out and cut a shape for the chins.

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Step 5: Place these at the bottom of the cupcakes to make the chin. You can add a dimple if you like.

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Step 6: To cut the teeth, roll the white fondant out to 2mm thick and cut tiny squares with your sharp knife

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Step 7: Using the water brush, add a dot of water where you would like the teeth to go.

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Step 8: For the hair, roll the black fondant out to 2mm thick and cut a long strip, cutting triangle shapes from one side to make the fringe.

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Step 9: Stick this to the top of the head using the water brush.

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Step 10: For the eyes, use the 13mm and 5mm cutters out of the PME Circle Set, cutting the large circle in white first and then a small black circle for the centre. Stick the black dots to the white and then trim the tops off the eyes to make way for the eyelids. If anything seems to be sticking, give everything a light dust with cornflour

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Step 11: To make the eyelids, cut 13mm green circles and cut them in half sticking them to the tops of the eyes, when you add them to the cupcakes.

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Step 12: To make the bolts, add a tiny dot of black fondant to the modelling paste and knead together to make grey modelling paste. Using the alphabet cutter, cut the capital letter ‘t’ out for the bolts and leave them to dry for a few minutes. Once dry to touch, give them a little brush with the Silver Rainbow Dust food colour brush and leave them to dry again. Once dry, they will be strong enough to push into the sides of the head. Placing them on a sponge will speed up the drying process.

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Step 13: Push the bolts into the sides, add a touch of blossom dust to the cheeks with a soft brush if liked – and your cupcakes are now ready to serve!

Well a huge thank you to our guest blogger Victoria Threader – check out more cool recipes, tutorials and fun tricks on her Facebook Page > HERE

These super cute and grumpy Frankenstein Cupcakes will make the party!

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8 Fun Halloween Treat Idea's

8 Fun Halloween Treats

So Halloween is nearly here… or as my given hashtag for this awesome occasion is #SpookFest2015, I just love Halloween, I find it so much fun to get creative with so many cool, creative idea’s and it’s one of the best times to get the kids involved (even the big kids!)

I have been looking around for fun but relatively easy idea’s that we can have a go at and here’s my favourite 8 fun Halloween treats I stumbled across.

Bring on #SpookFest2015

  1. Choc Devil Cupcakes – These easy Chocolate Devil Cupcakes would be great and so easy to do! Simply use your fave chocolate cupcake recipe and then use our Rainbow Dust Red Pro-Gel to colour your buttercream which would create a lovely vibrant red (not like the rubbish supermarket stuff), lastly model some easy horns out of sugarpaste or modelling paste by making a cone shape and then bending it slightly…pre-coloured sugarpaste is usually easier if you’re getting the kids involved!

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2. Mummy Cake Pops – These are super cute right!? Not too scary and totally easy… follow our ‘Cake Pop Guide’ for the basics… then dip the cake pops in PME White Candy Melts and we found using the White Chocolate Choco Writer great for adding on the bandages!

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3. Edible Worms – I know they look like it but they are NOT real worms!! They will have all your guests squirming at you Halloween Party though! There’s a US recipe I found on Instructables but here I have converted it to UK measurements as we quite often get asked 🙂 Here’s how to make them!

Ingredients
2 packs (85g) Raspberry jelly
1 pkg unflavored gelatin (for extra firmness)
180ml cup whipping cream
700ml boiling water
Rainbow Dust Green ProGel Food Colour
100 flexible straws (or enough to fill your container)
Tall container (1 litre carton of milk)

Directions
1) Combine jelly & gelatin in bowl and add boiling water.
2) Let it cool to lukewarm and then add the whipping cream and 15 drops green food colouring.
3) Gather your straws (don’t forget to flex them out) and put them in the container. It’s important that the straws have a tight fit so the jelly stays in the straws. For this reason, a 1 litre carton may be better; you will probably get longer worms since there is a tighter fit. If you have a bigger container, a rubber band around the straws is helpful. Or you could just add more straws to fill the container.
4) Add the gelatin mixture to the straw-filled container and let it set until firm.
5) There are multiple ways you can remove the worms from the straws. You can roll a rolling pin over the straws and squeeze them out or you can hold the straws over warm water. The worms will slip right out.

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4. Dexter Cupcakes – I love this design…although I don’t think letting the kids eat these are a good idea.. maybe stick to the adults on this one! To create the glass simply melt down Foxes Glacier Mints in the over on a tray at a low temp… once all melted take them out and let it cool creating a clear sheet, then the fun part…smash it up and make your edible glass shards be careful these are sharp so keep away from the kids and use larger bits for decoration rather than eating. Looks good though! The person who made these designed them originally for the release of one of the ‘Dexter’ series!

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5. Chocolate Pumpkin Bowl – I like this idea… great as edible Halloween Snack Bowls, again you can use PME Candy Melts to create these which are really tasty and much cheaper than buying chocolate and food colouring, they come in Orange too!

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6. Chocolate Spider Webs – You can create a chocolate spider web finish easily… simply cover the cake in chocolate and then use the White Chocolate Choco Writer to pipe a spiral on to the top of the cake while it’s still wet…. then use a cocktail stick to score the chocolate starting from the centre of the cake to the edge, this will drag the white chocolate with it creating this cool spiderweb effect! A plastic spider would finish it off nicely… or if you fancy making one that would be even better!

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7. Halloween Surprise Cake – This is a fun idea, you can make the outside of your cake nice and easy with a basic spider web design like the previous design but then make the inside something super fun! Use the ProGel Tangerine, Lime and Purple Food Colours in your cake mix when making your Halloween Cake a great surprise for your Halloween Party this year and so much fun to make!!

Simply split your cake mix 3 ways then add each colour to each part of cake mix, then swirl gently together before baking and voila!

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8. Easy Witch Hat Toppers – These are a great idea for cupcake toppers and it finishes off our favourite 8 Fun Halloween Treats off nicely! If you get to make any of these for this Halloween we would love to see them, you can post to our Facebook Page or Tweet us with hashtag #SpookFest2015

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Fancy trying your hand at something a bit more technical? Follow our full free guide on how to make a Halloween Cake here.

Happy Baking & Happy #SpookFest2015

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Choco Writers

Choco Writers

Our latest range of Choco Writers are now available on the website and we wanted to show you just why we love them so much!

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patisserie standard chocolate for easy piping & professional finish.

What are Choco Writers?

Great question, we won’t get far without knowing the basics so here they are… Choco Writers are patisserie standard chocolate in a tube, ready for melting and then piping.

We are going to show you the best ways to use them but the main positives PartyAnimalOnline found are:

  • They taste great.
  • They pipe easily once melted.
  • You can keep the leftovers & use them on another occasion.
  • Hassle free.
  • Minimum waste.

So How Do You Use Choco Writers?

It’s as simple as melting them in a jug of hot water and then piping.. honestly, I’ve tried it and it was easy-peasy! Here’s a Video on how to melt them down, remember they are hot so take precautions not to burn yourself whilst preparing your chocolate.

Free Stencils For Outlining Chocolate Designs

Try your hand at the following designs to add them to your cakes or cupcakes, simply download from our links and then print them off and away you go!

Top Tip: Get practising with our Special Offer Set of three which includes White Chocolate, Milk Chocolate & Dark Chocolate at a special price!

 

Examples of Choco Writers

Use the downloadable stencil templates listed above to help you create them yourself!

Cake Toppers

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How to make heart toppers video…

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They are just so versatile. We hope you enjoy using them as much as we have. See the full range HERE

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Halloween Cake Tutorial

Halloween Cake Tutorial by Let’s Eat Cake

I love this idea!

Charlotte has put together a fun and easy to follow Halloween Cake Tutorial which includes a step by step and a list of items you will need to create this spooky cake.

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Preparation:

Cover the cake drum with black sugarpaste and leave overnight to dry. Cover the cake with purple sugarpaste and secure to the cake drum with royal icing.

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Roll out grey sugarpaste to 3-4mm thick. Using the stone wall impression mat press into the paste to leave the impression. To prevent sticking, lightly dust the impression mat with cornflour first.

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Use a knife to cut the grey paste into sections that are easier to handle. Following the lines of the stones, trim a random pattern as shown. Turn each piece over and brush the back lightly with edible glue or water.

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Place the stone wall effect  paste around the base of the cake, leaving a space at the front for the pathway. To make the pathway, use the cobble stone impression mat and cut to shape. Secure to the cake drum with edible glue.

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Roll out white, orange and black flower paste thinly. Using the special occasion tappits cut out several ghosts, pumpkins and bats. Use the alphabet tappits to cut out the ‘TRICK OR TREAT’ letters. Set aside to dry.

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Roll out yellow flower paste thinly and cut several stars using the three star cutters. Set aside to dry.

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To make the the tombstones, roll out grey sugarpaste to around 4-5mm thick and using the arch cutters cut two large and one small. Add the letters as shown with edible glue. These will need to dry for at least two days.

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Position the tombstones on the cake and insert a wooden cocktail stick into the cake behind each to allow them to stand up. Pipe a small amount of purple royal icing onto the bottom of each tombstone and secure in place. Add the stars, bats, pumpkins and ghosts using small amount of the royal icing. Make a smooth paint using black food paste and a little clear alcohol and paint on the gate with a fine paintbrush. Finish the cake drum with black ribbon.

More fabulous Tutorials by Charlotte can be found on her Facebook page at ‘Let’s Eat Cake’. An extra special thanks to Charlotte, PartyAnimalOnline’s guest blogger for writing up this wonderful spooky tutorial!

For loads of gorgeous FMM High Quality Cake Decorating products visit PartyAnimalOnline’s Online Shop!

Happy Baking!

 

If you liked this then check out how to make your very own Monster Cake Pops to go with your cake > HERE

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Creepy Cakes for the darker side of Cake Decorating!

With the spookiest day of the year arriving tomorrow, I thought I would get into the mood by showing you a few tutorials on the creepy cakes I have found on the (spider) web!

Everybody loves facts, here are a few of my favourite facts from RandomHistory;

Mexico celebrates the Days of the Dead (Días de los Muertos) on the Christian holidays All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2) instead of Halloween. The townspeople dress up like ghouls and parade down the street.

Halloween celebrations in Hong Kong are known as Yue Lan or the “Festival of the Hungry Ghosts” during which fires are lit and food and gifts are offered to placate potentially angry ghosts who might be looking for revenge.

Harry Houdini (1874-1926) was one of the most famous and mysterious magicians who ever lived. Strangely enough, he died in 1926 on Halloween night as a result of appendicitis brought on by three stomach punches.

Not sure if I would like to try this last one but, according to tradition, if a person wears his or her clothes inside out and then walks backwards on Halloween, he or she will see a witch at midnight!!

Having a look around there are some great tutorials on making some spooky cakes for your creepy party! 

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This cake from the Cooking Channel is a great example and looks so cute! I think you could make a few miniature ones of these and line them up they would look great! Use a Tangerine for the Pumpkin and the Christmas Green for the stalk (you could even buy our Halloween Set of 3 Paste) If you could make Halloween adorable I think these would fit the theme perfectly! These would also be great for a baby shower with a Pumpkin Patch theme! 

 

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This next cake from The Cake Blog is a show-stopper and think you would need some skills to make this, however there is a great tutorial if you would like to give it a try. The Sugarflair Lustre dusts in Silver Sparkle or Satin Silver would be perfect for this, as well as using the Primary Yellow Sugarpaste. If you wanted to you could even try it out using an Airbrush kit!

 

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For those that are cat lovers, there are these great little Cat Halloween Cupcake toppers from Craftsy, I think these have to be the cutest Halloween cupcakes I have ever seen! There is a super detailed tutorial on how to make them using things you probably may have around already such as; orange, green and purple sugarpaste, edible glue and a knife tool

 

Some great inspiration for this year if you have everything in, if not some great ideas to remember for next year and remember, “Eat, drink and be scary!”

 

 

 

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Halloween Monster Cake Pops

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Trick or Treat! It’s nearly that time of year again… Halloween! So if you’re expecting lots of trick or treaters knocking on your door why not give them something a little different than the usual chocolate biscuit (That’s all I ever seemed to get!) and treat them to these little monsters. These cake pops are ‘dead’ easy to make and look fantastic!

So what will you need to get started? First of all lots of cake balls, if you’re unsure how to make them click here to read my tutorial.

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You will also need:

PME Candy Buttons I’m using Orange and Bright Green but any colours would look just as good (There is 14 in the range!).

Cake Pop Sticks

Cake Pop Bags & Ties (You can buy both Bags & Sticks together and save money!)

FMM Reusable Piping Bag

Something for the eyes, I’m using Wilton Candy Eyes but you could easily make your own using white buttons with black icing.

 

I don’t know about you but I already hear the kids putting on their devil horns and witches hats so we better get started..!

Like with all cake pops, it all starts with a dipping! Melt the chocolate either in the microwave or on the hob. Burnt chocolate doesn’t taste very nice so remember to stir in between melting. The PME melts are fantastic and melt very easily. I found I only had to add just one teaspoon of vegetable oil to thin it out a little (I’ve always had to use more with other brands!).

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Once melted grab a cake pop stick, dip the end in the chocolate and then into the cake pop. Leave this is set so the cake ball doesn’t fall off!

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Once set we can now dip the cake pops! Remember to have a deep enough bowl so the cake pop can be dipped straight in and back out again. Hold the cake pop over the bowl and tap your wrist while turning the stick with your hand to shake off any excess chocolate.

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Once all the excess chocolate has fallen off add your eyes (or eye) and leave to set.

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Your little monsters will now look a little bald..!

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Where’s our hair..?!

Now this part is fun..! Let’s add the hair, melt some more chocolate and add to a piping bag then pipe on the chocolate while turning the cake pop. I found it was easier to start around the eye and then go from there. Don’t worry about being neat just go nuts..!

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And there you have it, Monster Cake Pops! Don’t forget to finish them off with the cake pop bags and ties to keep them safe (and stop them from escaping of course..!). Why not give them a try using different colours and maybe even more eyes..!

Hope you all have a great and spooky Halloween! If you give these little monsters a go share them, along with your other Halloween creations, with us on our Facebook page.

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