Hi all, I hope you are all well and enjoying all the beautiful colours of autumn. Here at Ballyknocken Cookery School we are getting very excited about our Head Chef Junior Chef Halloween special class. It is always a hit every year with grown ups and kids alike. All the classes I teach here at the school are great, but the Head Chef Junior Chef is always extra special to us.
To celebrate fast approaching Halloween this week in my recipe blog, I would like to share a firm favourite of mine that I worked on as Brand Ambassador for Whirlpool Ireland. This is a recipe that is great fun to make with the kids at this time of year. I hope you all enjoy the class and remember we still have some availability in the house for anyone who would like to take a well deserved break that weekend.
In other news, I am delighted to see the videos I worked on with my friends in Mummy Pages, go live this week on their amazing site. Be sure to keep an eye out on my Facebook and Twitter for all the links to recipes such as, Slow Roasted Pork, or a healthy alternative to Fish & Chips, Coconut Fish Goujons & Lime Wedges with Mushy Peas.
Finally, I really do hope you are all enjoying The Taste of Success, Tuesday nights on RTE1 at 8.30, I know I am loving every minute and excited for the winner announcement and just to end on a high note I was absolutely thrilled to find out that Lords and Ladles, the series I worked on this year with Paul Clarke and Derry Quinn has been nominated for an IFTA award. I may get red carpet ready and soon.
So have a fantastic weekend and I will speak to you all very soon.
The children will love to make these and it will keep them busy for a good while, measuring, mixing and decorating.
Creepy Spider Cupcakes
Makes 12 small cupcakes
For the cupcakes:
100g caster sugar
100g unsalted butter, softened
3 eggs, lightly beaten
100g self raising flour
3 tbsp cocoa powder
4 tbsp milk
For the vanilla butter cream:
90g butter, softened
180g icing sugar
4 tbsp cocoa, sifted
2 tbsp milk
12 cupcake cases
Black licorice strings or wheels
24 “smarties” for eyes
Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/Gas 4. Line a muffin tray with cupcake cases.
To make the cupcakes, cream the sugar and butter until pale and fluffy. Whisk in the beaten eggs.
Fold in the flour, add the cocoa powder and carefully stir in the milk.
Spoon the mixture into the cases and bake for about 12 to 15 minutes or when a skewer is inserted into the centre it should come out clean. Allow to cool completely before decorating.
To make the butter cream, cream the butter, icing sugar and cocoa together until smooth.
When the cupcakes are cool, spread the cupcakes or pipe the chocolate butter cream over the top.
To decorate, cut the licorice into 8 x 4cm equal lengths and place 4 on each side and place 2smarties for “eyes”.
Tip: Add 2 tbsp chopped walnuts and 1 tbsp of white chocolate drops into the cupcake mixture.