Last year these chocolate cupcakes were filled with marshmallow, but this year I made peanut butter frosting and peanut M&Ms. This recipe makes 13 cupcakes, which leaves one for testing before you dish them out.
I love peanut butter, and I love chocolate, so these were perfect for Halloween. The base is a peanut butter thumb-print cookie, with a mini Reese’s peanut butter cup on top and chocolate legs. I did plan to use Lindt truffles, but in my poor attempt at multi-tasking, I made the cookies too round to glue them on top.
October means Oktoberfest, and that means apple strudel! This is stuffed with rum, walnuts, raisins, sultanas and apples. Not wanting to waste anything, I even used the peelings to make apple crisps. I’ve made so much custard over the last year I think I’ve reached a level of custard making where I can pretty much wing it. This batch was cinnamon flavoured to compliment the strudel filling. Happy Oktoberfest!
A tree full of plums, cupboards full of plum jam, plums for breakfast, dinner and tea. This sponge pudding/upside down plum cake is a good way to use up any you might have. It would also work well with damsons or other fruit.
Chocolate brains filled with Angel Delight and marshmallows. This isn’t really ‘baking’, but these were fun to make and a quick Halloween dessert. I found some brain shaped moulds on Amazon, which I filled with Wilton candy melts. I made two flavours: marshmallow flavoured chocolate brains with marshmallows and strawberry Angel Delight and double chocolate – a chocolate brain with chocolate Angel Delight. You can also use regular white/milk chocolate instead of the candy melts to mould the brains.
Marzipan is one of my favourite ingredients which only ever seems to be used at Easter and Christmas. This tart combines all the leftover marzipan you have leftover from Stollen or Simnel cake with apricots, which are in season at the moment. It’s best served with cream or vanilla ice cream.
I couldn’t pass up the chance to make something pirate related. These cupcakes are packed with rum, frosted with cream cheese and more rum and topped with pirate treasure. Given the choice, I think most pirates would prefer these to whatever it is they normally eat.
These aren’t gingerbread, and they’re not men – they’re a legion of undead peanut butter cookies.