Halloween recipe: Scary hairy mini monster cupcakes

Its half term here, so all baking this week has been taken over by the kiddies. 

And as Halloween is only a few days away, of course BB wanted to make scary cakes.

We decided on these scary hairy monsters.

4 year old BB did EVERYTHING himself. 

For the first time ever I let him crack the eggs completely alone.

Normally my hands are in there somewhere trying to save any bits of shell from going in the mixture.

He was adamant he was a big boy now and could do it himself.

Ok, go ahead then.

And to my surprise, he did all 3 perfectly!

Not one bit of egg slopped on the floor.

Not one bit of shell in the mixture.

Lesson learnt on my part.

Listen to the children and trust them more.

They can of course only learn by doing.

He perfectly weighed out each ingredient alone too. 

So proud of himself.

Of his cupcakes.

And I'm proud too.

We stuck with an easy peasy traditional vanilla cupcake recipe.

This recipe makes 30 mini cupcakes or 12 normal sized.

So go on, hand over the reigns to your little one and let them bake these this half term.

They might surprise you too.

For the cakes: 
175g softened butter
175g caster sugar
175g self raising flour
3 large eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking powder

For the buttercream:
175g softened butter
350g icing sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp milk

To decorate:
Food colouring
A hair/grass piping nozzle
Cake eyes (We used wiltons)
Orange and lemon jelly slices
Chocolate chips


1. Preheat the oven to 180c and line a mini cupcake tray with 30 cases (or a normal muffin tray with 12 cases)

2. Cream the sugar and butter together. Add the eggs then gradually add the flour, baking powder and vanilla extract. Mix thoroughly.

3. Spoon into the cases, filling them 1/2 full. Bake mini cakes for 8-12 minutes (Bake normal sized cakes for 18-20 minutes) and leave to cool.

4. Meanwhile make the buttercream by mixing all the ingredients together. Colour with whichever spooky monster colour you like and spoon into a piping bag fitted with a hair/grass nozzle.

5. Pipe the hair onto the cooled cakes and decorate with eyes, nose and mouths using the cake decorations.


  1. Well done to your son, he'll have to come and show me how to crack an egg as I often end up making a mess! The decorated buns look really effective. I'm certainly going to have to invest in some more piping nozzles, such as the one you've used here, as the effect is so brilliant.
    Angela x

  2. I love this! And I bet your son was so excited to make these yummy monsters! My kids love cooking too only it gets crazy with a 3,4, and 5 year old all in the kitchen at once. Thanks again for sharing with us for the last #foodpornthursdays.


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