What could be better than a craft that you can eat? In Japan, we are accustomed to amazing feats of culinary artistry e.g. charaben and the like, but these are mostly prepared at the crack of dawn by parents. As a recovering bento fanatic myself (please don’t ask about the time I made Ichiro’s face out of sliced ham and nori), I still love to be creative with food, but also like to let my kids in on the act. These cupcakes can be decorated with your child and still look amazing! While trick or treating seams to be gaining traction, for the most part Halloween is all about parties and this would be fun either with your family or as an activity for a small group of kids.
p.s. cake and icing recipe available at bottom of post.
cupcakes, icing, soft type black decorating pen, toothpick
1. Ice the cupcakes with white icing.
2. With the black decorating icing pen, draw one dot in the middle, followed by three circles around the cupcake.
3. Using the toothpick, start at the center dot and smoothly pull all the way to the edge, gently lifting off the cupcake to make the web. Repeat 10-15 times, approximately every 1/2 centimeter.
You now have a spooky spider web cupcake just in time for Halloween!
Chocolate Cupcake recipe:
1/2 Cup unsalted butter
3 TBS. Cocoa powder
1/2 Cup Water
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 Cup buttermilk, heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla
Directions: (preheat oven to 170 C)
1. Place all dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking soda and salt) in a bowl and lightly mix. Place buttermilk, vanilla and egg in separate, larger bowl and mix.
2. Melt butter on the stove top and add water and cocoa powder. Let come to a light boil and then remove from heat. Add to liquid ingredients and mix. Add dry ingredients and mix for 2 minutes. No need for mixer, a whisk will do the trick!
3. Pour into cupcake holders, depending on size, it will yield about 10 large cupcakes or one 9X9 round pan. Cupcakes bake about 18-20 minutes. Cake bake about 40-45 minutes. I personally find Japanese ovens perplexing, that is why I only give estimates on baking time. Simply check by pushing gently on cupcake and if it bounces back nicely it is done. Or, you can check with a knife, if there is no batter on the tip after taking out of cake, it is done.
HI! I live in Northern Japan on the Oga peninsula and love making crafts with my children and enjoying the beautiful surroundings with my family.
I also run a small company, Sora, that sells handmade clothing, bags and accessories! www.sorajapan.org