Saturday, 22 October 2011

Spider Cup Cakes - Halloween Recipe 5

I have another fantastic Halloween recipe to share with you, thanks to Rachel's - one of the UK's leading organic dairy brands.  It uses Rachel's Greek Style Natural Yogurt which has a traditional, thick, smooth texture and rich, creamy taste.

Spider Cup Cakes
Chocolate Cup Cakes decorated with liquorice legs, great for Halloween!

Ingredients                                                           Makes 12 cakes

Cakes                                                                    Frosting
100g plain chocolate                                               4tbsp golden syrup
150g unsalted butter, softened                                 80ml double cream
150g caster sugar                                                    100g milk chocolate
20g cocoa, sifted                                                    100g plain chocolate
3 eggs, beaten                                                         3 tbsp Rachel’s Greek Style Natural Bio Live Yogurt
125g self raising flour
1 ½tsp baking powder                                             
2 tbsp Rachel’s Greek Style Natural Bio Live Yogurt

Chocolate sugar strands
Smarties or similar sweets (for the eyes)
Liquorice laces or Catherine wheels


1. Pre-heat the oven 180°C, gas mark 4 and line a muffin tray with paper cases.

2. Put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and microwave on medium power for 1 minute until melted, alternatively place over a pan of simmering water.

3. In a mixing bowl beat the butter, caster sugar, cocoa powder and eggs, until soft and creamy. Add the flour and baking powder. Lastly add in the yogurt ensure the mixture is well combined.

4. Spoon the mixture into the cases and bake for 20 minutes until risen and firm to touch. Leave to cool.

5. Meanwhile in a small bowl gently heat the icing ingredients, except the yogurt either do this in a microwave, medium power or over a pan of simmering water until the chocolate has melted, leave to cool then add the yogurt. The frosting should be soft but not runny.

6. Spoon the frosting onto each cake and carefully spread with the back of a knife. Dip each cake into
chocolate sugar strands then place the Smarties for eyes, cut the liquorice laces into 8 equal pieces and push into the icing – work quickly before the frosting sets. To make the eyes stand out and a mouth simply place some of the frosting in a piping bag with a small plain nozzle and pipe for the desired effect.


  1. These cupcakes are brilliant! Was looking for some inspiration for some Halloween cupcakes thanks! x

  2. I might make these with my monkeys this afternoon, they are totally obsessed with halloween this year as it's their first year out trick or treating. They would love these cakes.