These Halloween treats are really aimed for mums rather than the babies themselves! I used to love meeting up with my friends during maternity leave, having a good natter, asking questions, you know, the usual about sleeping habits, food, whether they are sitting up yet whilst drinking tea and eating cake!
Granny’s ghost cakes
The cake ingredients belong to my mum's recipe - they are really simple, quick to do but always fluffy and light. So I just use cookbooks for creative inspiration.
- 6 oz self-raising flour
- 1.5 tps baking powder
- 6 oz sugar
- 6 oz Butter/Margarine (‘Vitalite’ is great, it’s dairy free.)
- 3 eggs
- 3 oz unsalted butter
- 6 oz of icing sugar
- 12 oz ready to roll out white fondant icing
- Tubes of writing icing
Prep: 15 mins
Cooking: Fairy cakes: 14 mins 190c and Mini cakes: 9 mins 190c
- Put paper cases in fairy and mini cake baking tins
- Add flour and baking powder to your food processor – No need to sieve just give a sharp blast to fluff the flour
- Add all remaining ingredients and blitz until creamy looking
- Spoon mixture into the muffin tins and bake
- Whilst baking make the butter icing and roll out the fondant icing
- Once the cakes have cooled, cut the tops off the fairy cakes to make them flat.
- Lightly ice the top of each cake, stick one of the mini cakes on top of each then coat on the icing on again
- Lay the fondant icing over the top of each cake and mould slightly for a ghostly look
- With the writing icing, draw a ghost face.
Ta dah - done!
- Round crackers
- Cream cheese
- Pile the cream cheesed on both sides of the cracker
- Stick 8 Twiglets on the cracker for the legs (I tended to find I had to bite a bit off each to make it the right length. Eh hem!)
- Sprinkle some currents in
- Tiny bit of cream cheese on the top so that the currents can stick for the eyes.
They take seconds to make. My three-year-old loves the idea of them. She took the Twiglets out (which is a good thing as slightly high in salt so isn’t her normal staple!). She really enjoyed the crackers with currents though.
Play: toddlers will love to help making these too.
I've added a picture of me and Emily, age six-months-old. Ahh, cute little pumpkin!
Source: Ghost Cakes are from the cookbook: "The Cupcake"
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