halloween · Recipes

Halloween spider cupcakes

I always enjoy baking with the kids and any occasion is an excuse, so this weeks excuse is Halloween. I looked through Pinterest and tried to find something easy enough for the kids to copy…in the end I settled on: 

Spider cupcakes (image from interest)

Which are basically just normal chocolate cupcakes with chocolate icing with sprinkles and then decorated with liquorice laces as legs and icing for eyes. How hard can that be right?!? Haha!

The basic cakes were pretty easy to do:

110g butter

110g caster sugar

2 eggs

75g self-raising flour

25g cocoa powder

I use the all in one method and basically chuck it all in and mix well. Separate into 12 cupcake cases and cook at 170 degrees for 20 minutes and then cool well. 

And the icing was:

175g soft cheese

300g icing sugar

50g butter

40g cocoa powder
When the cakes are completely cool, spread the icing over each cake and cover in chocolate sprinkles (looks like a hairy spider body), then snap up liquorice threads, we chose cola flavoured but go with whatever works for you (black or red would look good too) and poke 4 in either side as legs. 

We then used white icing and black writing icing to do the eyes, but it would work just as well with chocolate buttons or smarties as eyes. 

My children are 5 and 8 so they were never going to be perfect but they do look like spiders and the kids had a fab time making them!

Days out · halloween

Amberley Working Museum- A family day out in West Sussex

We had a most amazing day out at the Amberley Museum this weekend, it is not the cheapest entry ticket but is a full day’s visit and plenty to look at. 

Being a Halloween special we started off with spooky arts and crafts. 

And had a play on a few Halloween themed games:

Also there was a fabulous display by “Hawking About” which my children were actually thrilled by!

These activities were all before we even started going around the actual museum, which was full of old vehicles:

People demonstrating old techniques for pottery, carving, stone work…the kids loved it!

There is even an old train and bus which you can go for rides on:

All in all a fabulous day out for all the family, even the young girly children enjoyed all the old vehicles which we were slightly worried they wouldn’t enjoy. 


Halloween kids outfits

I took the kids to the original factory shop and let them choose one item each, I don’t really like Halloween and all we ever do is trick or treating, so spending extra money was not gonna happen. 

Bethany chose a zombie bride dress and veil and Jack chose a scary mask:

We decided he looked a bit like the hunchback of notre dame (although after this weeks walking dead I think he looks like Glenn!) and he asked me to make the rest of the outfit for him. 

So the next thing I knew I’m sat cutting and sewing for him!

We started with an old tshirt of daddy’s and a ruined pillow. 

A quick bit of cutting and sewing and ta dah the hunchback was complete!

Bethany only needed a bit of facepaint to finish hers off. 

And off they went to enjoy the day with nanny and grandad (grandad refused to be included in the blog)