• People

    Serves : 12

  • Prep Time

    1 h

  • Cooking Time

    1 h

  • Method



the Ingredients

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  • For the Cupcakes:
  • 140g butter, softened
  • 240g golden caster sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 150g plain flour
  • 75g self-raising flour
  • 1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 200ml whole milk
  • For the Orange Butter Icing:
  • 1 tbsp orange zest, very finely grated
  • 2 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 200g butter, very soft
  • 400g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp orange food colouring
  • orange sprinkles (optional)
  • For the Meringue Ghosts:
  • 2 egg whites
  • 160g caster sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • Black fondant icing for decoration


This supernatural tasty treat takes a little patience, but the results will be spooktacular!

  • Set up your barbecue for baking (in-direct method) and pre-heat to around 180°C. Line the muffin tray with muffin cases.
  • To make the cupcakes: whisk together the butter and sugar with a hand-held mixer until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing continuously. Finish by adding the vanilla extract.
  • In a separate bowl, sift the plain and self-raising flours, then add the bicarbonate of soda and cocoa powder. Fold the flour mix into the butter mixture along with the milk until all smooth and glossy.
  • Place a dessertspoon full of the mixture into each muffin case, place on the barbecue and bake in-direct with the lid down for 15-20 minutes or until firm to the touch. Once baked, cool on a wire rack.
  • For the orange buttercream icing: place the softened butter in a mixing bowl and sift the icing sugar over the top. Add the zest, juice and colouring then whip until super smooth.
  • Add the mixture in to a piping bag and swirl the buttercream onto each (cooled) cupcake. Garnish with orange sprinkles.
  • For the meringue ghosts: reduce the heat of your barbecue to around 140°C, keeping the in-direct set up.
  • Place the egg whites and a pinch of salt into a bowl. Using an electric hand mixer work the whites on a low speed for 1 minute, then increase the speed to medium and whisk for 3 minutes, or until the egg whites form stiff peaks. Continue to whisk gradually adding the sugar a tablespoon at a time, until all the sugar is added to the mixture. This may take up to 5 minutes.
  • Spoon the mixture into a piping bag, then on a large baking tray lined with greaseproof paper, pipe 12 x 1½ inch high ghostly forms. Bake these for 30-40 minutes or until pale and dry. Remove from the barbecue and allow the meringue to cool.
  • Finally, use the black fondant icing to create spooky eyes and mouths for your ghosts. Place the ghosts on top of the orange icing, and serve up your supernatural treat.

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