I recently played the male half of an unstoppable party planning duo for a spectacular apres Halloween event, (basically my lady love and I put on a belated Halloween Party). There were 30+ people in attendance and I figured some would need feeding. It wasn’t too fancy but something for the masses with a bit of panache.
After some research I came across broken glass cupcakes, edible brain and edible graveyard. I tweaked the recipes accordingly and changed some aspects that I thought would be more appealing.
Overall they made great talking points, table centre pieces and tasted pretty good too.
Broken Glass Cupcakes, serves 12-18, £7.44:
250g (8oz) plain flour
40g (1 1⁄2oz) cocoa powder
2tsp baking powder
150g (5oz) caster sugar
4tbsp sunflower oil
200ml (1⁄3pt) milk
250g (8oz) cooked beetroot, grated
90g (3 1⁄4oz) butter, softened
200g (7oz) icing sugar, sifted
200g (7oz) lighter cream cheese
2 x 200g packs clear mints
Red food colouring
Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan 160°C. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases. Sift the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder into a mixing bowl. Beat together the eggs, caster sugar, sunflower oil and milk, and then mix in the grated beetroot. Fold the wet mixture into the dry ingredients.
Divide the mixture between the muffin cases and bake for 20 minutes, until springy to the touch. Allow to cool. While the cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting. Beat together the butter and icing sugar until pale and fluffy then fold in the cream cheese. Keep in the fridge until ready to use.
For the ‘broken glass’, unwrap the mints and put into a heavy based pan. Heat over a very gentle heat until melted, then pour onto a baking sheet lined with non-stick baking paper and allow to harden. Break with a rolling pin to create the effect of broken glass.
Spread the frosting over each cupcake, push a few bits of ‘broken glass’ into each one and drizzle with a little red food colouring.
Human Brain, serves 8-10, £2.87:
Blancmange- 4 pack
2 pints of milk
Green food colouring
Brain shaped mold
This was not the most popular to eat but given it was a 1950s throwback and essentially set E-number coloured custard, can you blame people. I liked it though, reminded me of school dinners. However it looked amazing and it’s cheap. The original recipe suggested jelly but that looks nothing like a brain.
Follow the blancmange instructions, doubling the amounts. I recommend using the strawberry and raspberry sachets they create a much better brain colour.
Once it’s had at least 4 hours to set in the fridge CAREFULLY flip the blighter onto a flat plate and gently paint the brain grooves with green colouring.
Taco Graveyard serves, 10-15, Cost £11.64:
2 table spoons olive oil
4 large chicken breasts
1 large white onion
1 tin of tomatoes
2 cans refried beans
Hot sauce/cayenne pepper/paprika/chilli powder
I deviated somewhat from most online recipes, I felt I knew better artistically and flavour wise. Which I did, and this way is easier and cheaper too.
Chop the chicken into reasonable sized chunks and fry in the oil. Add a few pinches of the salt, pepper and any or all of the spicy stuff depending on your palate. Once browned chuck in the onion, chopped or thinly sliced, and soften. Then add the can of tomatoes and simmer until the juices evaporate a bit. Tip this out into a large deep oven dish and leave to cool.
Heat the 2 cans of refried beans adding a half cup of water. Bring gently to the boil and carefully pour over the chicken and wait to cool. In the meantime cut tombstone, crosses, trees and spooky shapes out of the tortillas and oven bake them at a high heat (200+) but keep an eye on them. Once cooked take them out and they will become crispy fun shapes. Chop the lettuce and cucumber (probably not all of it) very thinly and finely and sprinkle on the chicken, bean layer then put in your spooky shapes.
People can eat it with the tortilla shapes or just dig in with a fork.
So there you have it, three easy-to-do, fun Halloween recipes for just £21.95. However, realistically it’s probably less. I had most of the ingredients already, being a foodie McFatBum. Enjoy!