EarthWorm Cupcakes for Halloween!

Tuesday, 29 October 2013



These Wiggly Earthworms are easy to make and will look great on all your homemade cupcakes this Halloween!




Before you start, make sure you tie your hair back, wash your hands and (if you have one) Put on your favorite apron - this is going to get messy :D


To make the Earthworms you are going to need;
A packet of Strawberry Jelly
Gelatin
3/4 of a cup of whipping cream
Red food colouring (optional)
A packet of Bendy Drinking straws & elastic band
A tall glass  / Container


Start By preparing the Gelatin (as stated on the packet you buy!) and dissolving the Jelly in a large Jug. 
Once the Gelatin is ready, add it into the Jelly jug :) 
Gelatin is very important in this recipe as it will make sure that the worms hold their shape!



Next, add 3/4 of a cup of whipping cream into the mix and stir it in until it is all mixed - this may sound gross but it gives the worms a fleshy colour and it actually makes them taste like a yummy milkshake!


Now you can add some food colouring if you wish! I added a few drops of this red to make the colour a little more intense!


Now the straws! Make sure you have pulled all the straws so the bendy bit is fully extended (this will make the bendy part you always see on worms!). You need to bunch them together and hold them together with your elastic band. Making sure the straws are bendy part down, place them in your large glass/container and start pouring the mixture into them. Don't panic if you see the mixture starting to fill the glass too!

* Now leave these to set over night *


Once the Jelly is set, you can start to remove the 'worms' from the straws! All you need to do is gently remove them from the glass/container and then either run a little warm water over the straw to release the worm or you can squeeze downward on the straw and it will fall out of the end!

ALL DONE!!

These are so easy to make and they look totally gross when served up on a plate, or you can place them on top of cupcakes like so;


If you want to make these effective cupcakes you will need;
4oz margarine
4oz caster sugar
2 eggs (use free-range where possible)
1 tsp Liquid Vanilla
4oz Self Raising Flour
1oz Cocoa powder
1-2 tbsp Semi Skimmed Milk
Handful chocolate chunks


You may also want to use some special Halloween cupcake cases, like these from IKEA and some Halloween sprinkles - available from all baking stores and supermarkets!


Start by pre-heating your oven to Gas mark 5.
Then, mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl until it is smooth and creamy!
If you have a cupcake tin, use this to cook the cakes as it will stop the cakes spreading out and will hold the shape nicely!
Cook the cakes for 18-20 minutes in the middle shelf of the oven. You can check them regularly with a skewer, Poke the skewer into the centre of a cake and once it comes out clean the cakes are done!


Make sure the cakes are completely cool before you ice them, as this will stop the frosting melting on top!



While the cupcakes are cooling, take around 5 chocolate biscuits (I am using bourbons) and crumble them between your fingers - this will make for the loose earth and dirt for the worms to be crawling through!


To make the frosting (enough to generously cover 16 cupcakes) you will need;
8oz Stork (I use this as it is not too soft)
15oz icing sugar
1oz cocoa powder
2tsp liquid vanilla
5 tbsp Semi skimmed milk.

I always cut the stork into cubes, as it makes it easier to mix! 
Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl, it will be lovely and thick, so you may have an achy arm afterwards!
If you have a piping bag you can transfer the icing into it, if not you can use a knife to spread lashing over each cupcake! Then sprinkle some of the 'loose earth' onto each cupcake! (and sprinkles if you are using them!)



Now you can place some of the worms onto the cakes - make sure you do this gently, as they are only made of jelly after all  I also sprinkled a little more 'dirt' onto the worms to give a messy, earthy effect!



 YUMMY!!

Whether its your Halloween party guests, or trick or treat-ers, people will love these - they are so different and inventive!




Oh, and while you're here - check out this cute alternative to traditional Halloween Pumpkin carving!


Pumpkin carving is a lovely Halloween tradition - but it can get quite messy, so if you are not a carving fan you could decorate your pumpkins with pretty ribbons instead!
I got these lovely black ribbons (to keep in with the Halloween theme!) from my local craft store - each reel was only £1.10! I cut different lengths, tied them around the pumpkin stalk and curled them for a Pretty effect. I also tied a bow around the middle of this smaller pumpkin - how cute <3


Because I couldn't place a tea light inside these pumpkins, I displayed them with a red tea light holder for a warming feel! They are so pretty and best of all they last for ages because they haven't been cut into!

I hope you all enjoy these Halloween Crafts - Let me see how yours turn out too! <3


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