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Monday, 22 October 2012

A very creepy post!


We've had a ghoulishly great weekend here at The English Kitchen over these past couple of days!! The  people at Ladbrokes sent me out a horrifically fabulous Halloween baking pack to help celebrate the launch of their new Trick or Treat slot game.  Early Friday morning there was a knock on my door . . .  "What did you order now?" was the Toddster's response as he carried a huge box into our lounge.   I was quite happy to tell him nothing, but that waiting inside this box was a load of Halloween goodies for us to play with.  As you can imagine he was thrilled beyond measure!

Included in the pack were all sorts of goodies . . . Halloween cookie cutters . . . bats and ghosts and pumpkins, oh my!   Lots of colored candy cupcake sprinkles in shades of black and orange.  Black and orange candy shots . . . perfect to grace spookily iced teatime delights.  Rice paper bats and spiders . . .perfect for gracing the top of cakes and bakes.

Candy ghosts and bats and pumpkins . . . just the right size for plopping onto the tops of the cupcakes we baked.  So cute and yet . . .  perfectly spooky.

A  black silicone cupcake baker was included along with this brightly colored and  ghoulishly delightful cupcake stand.


A little book of Halloween treats . . . filled with  lots of creepy cookies, and glittery ghosts . . .

Pumpkin pies and witches hats . . . eye ball cookies and severed fingers galore.


A whole  plethora of spooky  delights . . . more treat than trick!

And that was not all, no that was not all . . .  there was also another delightfully spooky book filled with  lots of weird and wonderful cupcakes . . .beating hearts, and crawling brains . . . and shards of glass . . .to name but a few . . .

And bloodied bones.  Lots of terrifyingly delicious fun for the young and old alike.

There was even a perfectly ghastly apron included for some lucky baker to wear!  It fit my spooky master chef  as if it had been made just for him!

The Toddster was right in his glory.   He does like to bake up a treat from time to time . . . and he just couldn't resist that apron or these lovely cupcakes that we made and decorated together.


Plain vanilla, but oh those toppings dressed them up right finely, and they looked so cute on that bewitching stand!  The cakes may be a little lop-sided . . . but ooooohhhh  'tis Halloween, you would expect things to be a little bit out of the ordinary, right?

Bubble bubble, toil and trouble . . . these are really the simplest of cupcakes to bake.  You just dump everything into one bowl and beat them up.  Decorating them was the fun bit.

So was eating them . . . as you can see the Toddster really liked that part.

He's not a bad egg really . . . I think I'll keep him.

He may not be perfect . . . but he's perfect for me.  ☺


 *One Bowl Does It All Vanilla Cupcakes*
Makes 18
Printable Recipe  

These are cheap and easy to make, and what's more . . . quite delicious!  Everything is mixed together in one bowl so that not only simplifies things, but it is a lot easier for clean up as well£

2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup vegetable shortening (Crisco, Trex or white Flora)
1 cup single cream
3 1/2 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 TBS vanilla extract
3 large eggs

Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F.  Lightly grease two medium size muffin tins, or line with paper wrappers.  Use one with 12 holes and one with six.  Set aside.

Put all of the cupcake ingredients into a large bowl and then beat them on medium speed with an electric mixer until well blended, for about 30 seconds.  Increase the speed to high and beat for a further 3 minutes, or until well mixed and smooth.  Divide the batter amongst the prepared muffin cups, filling them only half full.

Bake inthe heated oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until they test done.  They should be lightly browned on top and spring back when touched very lightly with your fingertip.  Remove from the oven and immediately remove them from the muffin tins to a wire rack to cool completely before icing and decorating as desired.

Many thanks to Emma of The Best British Bloggers, and  Ladbrokes.  We have sure enjoyed celebrating their Goulish Halloween Promotion  in this most colorfully creepy and scrummy way.  We've had a perfectly tasteful and most ghastly fun filled weekend!  It was all treats and no tricks!


  1. What a fun weekend you must have had! The cupcakes look really good.

  2. Marie, the photos you edited look so cute! How fun! I jotted down the recipe, this sounds like an easy one! Can you use plain milk if you don't have the cream to hand?

  3. Oh, what FUN! Felt like we were right there with you... And such fun to see Todd too! What a great bunch of goodies to make some goodies. Those cupcakes look delicious. Can't get Halloween extra like that here--sprinkles, orange or black colorings, etc. I miss real Halloween sometimes...LOL! Thanks for sharing! Happy Week ((LOVE & HUGS))

  4. How woderful to share the Halloween fun with us!The photos with Tod were Fantastic!I also liked the tricks you did on them!
    Yesterday afternoon,I eventually managed to bake the gingerbread fairy biscuits! As you have already mentioned in the recipe they came out perfectly! Crisp and crunchy, full of flavour, with ginger and orange a unique match!
    Definitely the best ginger biscuits recipe ever!

  5. Mary, I am sure you could use plain milk. They just wouldn't be as rich as the regular recipe. I often use low fat evaporated milk instead of cream. Gives you all the richness without the calories!

    Helen, so glad you enjoyed the Gingerbread Fairy Biscuits. That recipe is a keeper for sure. So good I could not keep my hands off them! Thanks for letting me know. You made me smile!

  6. How wonderful are all of your goodies :) Todd looks right in his element. This post gave me the 'treat' of smiles.

  7. I'd say Todd is a
    perfect cutie-pie,
    so yes, perfect
    for you, sweet
    friend! Love how
    the two of you dove
    in and had fun,

    I need to bake the
    gingerbread fairy
    biscuits, as I know
    they would be a big
    hit in this house : )
    Thanks for all of your
    wonderful recipes and
    your lovely outlook on
    life, food and love!

    Happy Monday, Marie.

    xo Suzanne

  8. Looks like y'all were having way too much fun! :-) I must get a copy of "Halloween Treats" for our library, thanks for sharing!
    ~~Happy Halloween~~

  9. Adorable two are a great team..:) What a fun fun box to receive!!!


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