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Halloween Cakes and Craft Ideas

Hey #cakechums – and Happy Half Term to those of you with #minichums… and my fellow teachers!

I’ve spent the first half of this week’s break battling against a fairly significant bout of halftermitis, which, for those who don’t know, is the legendary cold that descends upon all teachers as soon as we break up at the end of term. Don’t feel bad for me though, if nothing else, it has forced me to take a break from everything for a few days and actually rest for once!

That aside, Halloween is fast approaching and, of course, it is going to look a little bit different this year. While getting all dressed up and heading out to parties or going trick-or-treating might not be possible, that doesn’t mean that we can’t still have lots of fun with our families at home.

With that in mind, I’ve been working hard to come up with lots of Halloween cakes and craft ideas to support you with that, from spooky snacks, bakes and meals over on the Kenwood Kids Club YouTube channel, fun Halloween cake and cupcake decorating tutorials over on my own social media and even a Facebook Live cake decorating tutorial for the Dublin Sugarcraft Guild.

I’ve already seen some fabulous cakes and bakes from people who have followed my various recipes and tutorials, so I thought I would gather them all together right here for you guys to navigate your way around them easily.

I’ll also be adding my latest recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes (with real pumpkin) to the recipe section of Mr Baker’s Cakes: The Blog later today too, so if you fancy jumping on the Pumpkin Spice flavour train, you’ll know where to go…

But anyway, first up, if you fancy whipping up a fully decorated cake this Halloween weekend, I have two options for you:

My ‘Trixie Treat’ cake is a full photo tutorial for Renshaw and it takes you through every stage of creating your spooky trick-or-treater using clear step-by-step instructions and photographs. These cover everything from assembling and carving your cake, right through to all of those little finishing touches, which really bring your cake to life.

What’s great about this tutorial in particular is many of the skills and techniques shown – such as the Converse-style shoes, the bow and the eyes – can also be used on other cakes. If you fancy having a go at a Trixie Treat of your own, you can find the full photo tutorial at this link.

If you want your centrepiece cake to be a little darker and more mysterious (well, as dark and mysterious as my fun and colourful cake tutorials get…), why not have a go at my Spooky Cauldron cake?

This one was originally created as a photo tutorial for Fabricake, but this year, I also filmed a Facebook Live for the Dublin Sugarcraft Guild, where I recreated it once more. If you’d like to see me in action (and being my usual chaotic self), then you can head to this link – or, of course, you can simply check out the photo tutorial at the Fabricake website.

I also have a couple of cupcake options for you this year too, including the aforementioned Pumpkin Spice cupcakes, which you can see me making over on the Kenwood Kids Club YouTube channel, but if you want something really simple and child-friendly, why not turn your hand to my simple Halloween Mummy Cupcakes?

These have already proven very popular with some of our mini-chums and I’ve loved seeing the photographs of their creations, so do keep them coming! If you fancy having a go at them yourself, you can watch me make them in my latest YouTube video, which is available here.

Speaking of the Kenwood Kid’s Club, we’ve been enjoying a bit of a Halloween takeover all this month, and alongside our spooky cupcakes, we’ve also enjoyed whipping up a batch of Halloween-themed chocolate bark AND, in the final instalment of our takeover, this week I’ll be showing you how to make ‘Spookghetti and Eyeballs’, the perfect spooky dinner for a family Halloween at home.

So essentially, between my work over at the Kenwood Kids Club, my own YouTube channel and the projects I’ve created for some of my favourite brands, I’ve pretty much got all of the Halloween cakes and craft ideas you could possibly need for your Halloween celebrations all sewn up! I’ve yet to see anyone have a go at recreating every single project, but I think, if you do, I might have to rustle up some sort of prize…!

Oh, and before I go, this year, I was also thrilled to be invited back to take part in the annual Sugar Spooks cake collaboration again (which is now in its EIGHTH year!). The full collection of CarnEvil-themed creations will be going live at 5pm GMT TODAY, so be sure to keep an eye on my social media to find out what creepy creation has been keeping me busy recently.

Other than that, please do let me wish you all a fun – and safe – Halloween weekend and I’ll see you all on Sunday for my next YouTube video.

Until then… happy caking!

xx

PS. I also give you a bit of a preview of some of these Halloween cakes and craft ideas (as well as the full Halloween Mummy Cupcakes tutorial) in my latest YouTube video, so feel free to check that out below…

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Introducing The Great British Bakealong 2020!

Hey Cake Chums and welcome back to Mr Baker’s Cakes: The Blog!

The Great British Bake Off is BACK and you know what that means… my weekly bakealong challenge is back too!

Long time followers will know that for the last five years (I think…?), I have been baking along with the talented amateur bakers of The Great British Bake Off and 2020 is no different… Introducing The Great British Bakealong 2020 – every week for the next ten weeks, I will be attempting to bake along with the bakers in the tent – and this year, I AM switching things up!

Rather than exclusively baking along with the Technical Challenges like in the last few years, in 2020, YOU will get to decide which challenges I take on!

In this week’s first episode, the vote was overwhelmingly in favour of the Signature Challenge, so, in today’s video, I will be attempting to create my very own original Battenberg Cake recipe.

I’ll warn you, as I’m introducing the challenge – as well as baking two cakes, whipping up a batch of ganache AND making from scratch – this week’s episode is a little longer than the norm, but hopefully they won’t all be quite so feature length… 😉

Check out episode one of The Great British Bakealong below and be sure to let me know what you think of my bake.

If you want to ensure you don’t miss a future episode of The Great British Bakealong, be sure to head over to YouTube and hit that big red subscribe button! And if you decide to have a go at one of this week’s challenges, be sure to tag me on social media so I can come and check out your bakes…

But, until next week guys… happy caking!

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New Recipe Alert: Spiced Apple Duffins!

Hey Cake Chums and a very happy Easter to you all!

I couldn’t let the day pass without giving you all a lil’ Easter gift from me, so in lieu of a chocolate egg, I am delighted to share the brand new recipe for my Spiced Apple Duffins!

Adapted from a recipe originally made famous by none other than Queen Nigella herself, my Spiced Apple Duffins – deliciously moreish doughnut-muffin hybrids – capture all of the best bits of both bakes and are the perfect light and airy treat, whatever the season…

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You’ll have to forgive me, because it seems that I am rather late to jump on this bandwagon. Originally published in her book, How to be a Domestic Goddess back in the year 2000, Nigella’s Jam-Doughnut Muffins proved an incredibly popular recipe at the time. And once Bea’s of Bloomsbury released their version of the bake, coining the name ‘Duffin’, the trend well-and-truly exploded.

Yet, somehow – speaking as somehow who made the obligatory pilgrimage to the Dominique Ansel Bakery, New York for the highly prized Cronut – I’m rather ashamed to admit that the Duffin trend entirely passed me by!

In fact, it is only thanks to one of the baking groups I belong to on Facebook (who are currently going Duffin mad) that I became aware of them. And naturally, having made a batch of the traditional recipe, I was itching to create a version of my own.

As I have explained SO MANY times here on Mr Baker’s Cakes: The Blog, fresh fruit is one of my favourite ingredients to bake with, particularly citrus flavours and any combination of apple and spice. Thanks to a glut of indulgent baking of late (while the UK is in coronavirus-induced lockdown), I have had an overabundance of apples eyeing me disapprovingly from my fruit bowl for a while now and I decided that this was the perfect time to put them to good use.

My recipe for Spiced Apple Duffins combines a delicious, apple crumble-infused cake (courtesy of the always gorgeously-flavoured icing sugars from Sugar & Crumbs), a homemade smooth apple and cinnamon jam filling and a crispy cinnamon sugar topping.

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And what’s more, they are so simple to make that you could be enjoying a batch of your very own Spiced Apple Duffins within mere minutes.

If you fancy having a go at my Spiced Apple Duffins, head to this link (or why not click on the Recipes tab above, where you can peruse all of the original recipes right here on Mr Baker’s Cakes: The Blog?). Oh, and don’t forget, I have EVEN MORE recipes over on my YouTube channel too – find it here.

Once again, have a wonderful Easter my darling Cake Chums and, until next time, happy caking…!

xx