Chocolate Halloween Cupcake Recipe

25. October 2012 15:32 by Foodshack in Baking, Recipes  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

Why not offer the tricksters something home made this Haloween?

125g/4½oz plain flour
25g/1oz cocoa powder
1½ tsp baking powder
150g/5oz caster sugar
50g/2oz of softened butter
1 egg
8 tbsp milk

For the cream cheese icing
50g/2oz cream cheese
25g/1oz butter, softened at room temperature
125g/4oz icing sugar, sifted
½ tsp vanilla essence

For the chocolate icing
25g/1oz icing sugar
1 tbsp cocoa powder

Preparation method
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Line a muffin tray with 9 paper cases.
  2. Sift the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder into a bowl. Add the sugar and butter and beat the mixture together until well combined.
  3. Whisk in the egg and milk until the mixture is thick and smooth.
  4. Divide the mixture between the paper case and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until springy to the touch and skewer inserted into the middle of one of the cakes comes out clean. Set aside to cool on a wire rack.
  5. For the cream cheese icing, beat the cream cheese and butter together in a bowl until well combined. Beat in the icing sugar and vanilla.
  6. Spoon the icing onto the cupcakes, leaving a small border around the edge.
  7. For the chocolate icing, sift the icing sugar and cocoa powder into a bowl. Stir in 2 tablespoons of water to form a smooth, thick icing.
  8. Transfer the mixture to a piping bag with a fine nozzle. (Alternatively, spoon the mixture into the corner of a sandwich bag and snip off the corner, to form a small hole.)
  9. Carefully pipe 3 concentric circles onto each cupcake. Run a toothpick from the centre to the edge of the cake, through each circle of icing, at 2cm/1in intervals to create a cobweb effect.
  10. Set aside for 20 minutes to allow the icing to harden.


Halloween Graveyard Cake Recipe

25. October 2012 15:26 by Foodshack in Recipes  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

Try this spooky treat this Halloween!


Cake Ingredients

  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 25g cocoa
  • 225g margarine
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tsp milk

Decorating Ingredients

  • 300ml double cream
  • 150g milk chocolate, broken into cubes
  • 300g chocolate fingers
  • 25g desiccated coconut
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 6 to 8 rectangular shortbread biscuits
  • black writing icing


  1. To make the cake, sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa into a mixing bowl. Then, add the margarine, caster sugar, eggs and milk and beat to a smooth consistency.
  2. Grease and line a 30cm x 20cm rectangular cake tin, then spoon the cake mixture into the tin and bake at 180°C/350°F/Gas 4 for 35-40 minutes. Allow the cake to cool on a wire rack.
  3. Once you have made the base cake, put the cream and chocolate in a pan and heat over a very low heat. Keep stirring until the chocolate melts and you have a smooth mixture. Allow this to cool for 30 minutes then whisk for 1 minute.
  4. Once the cake has cooled, spread the chocolate mixture over the top and sides. You are then ready to decorate!
  5. Snap the ends off some of the chocolate fingers and randomly stick them around the edge of the cake to form an uneven fence.
  6. Arrange the biscuits onto a clean board and, using the black icing, pipe scary words onto the biscuits. Using a small knife, make slits on top of the cake and push the shortbread ‘tombstones’ into them.
  7. Mix together the cocoa and desiccated coconut and scatter over the top of the cake to form soil. Decorate with plastic creepy crawlies and cut into squares to serve.


Top 10 Best Sandwich Toasters

10. March 2012 10:14 by Foodshack in Gift Ideas, Kitchen Gadgets, Recipes  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

We love to review things here at Foodshack and today we thought we would take a look at one of the kitchen gadgets that generally ends up in the back of the cupboard.  We have all at some time owned a sandwich toaster and made some amazing cheese toasties, been through the stress of cleaning the toaster machine and then put it back in the cupboard to gather dust!

Maybe this is not you?  You might be one of those rare people that love their toasties. Maybe you have a lot of fantastic toastie recipes you could share!

For some the sandwich toaster is often a memory of our distant student past, toasties have always been the ultimate no-fuss snack.  They can be prepared in seconds and ready to eat in just a few minutes. With just a couple of basic ingredients, delicious economical meals can be made in minutes.  The toasted sandwich also can be used for sweet toasties.

Are you looking at replacing your toastie maker or trying to relive your youth?  If do here are the top 10 toastie machines to look out for:

1. Breville VST005 4 Slice Sandwich Toaster

2. Cuisinart GRSM1U sandwich maker chrome

3. Breville VST026 4 Slice Sandwich Press Stainless Steel

4. Frigidaire Fcl8008/h 700w 2 Slice Sandwich Maker White

5. Kenwood SM435 2-Slice Sandwich Toaster, Silver

6. Breville TR52 2 Slice Sandwich Toaster

7. Cuisinart GRSM1U Overstuffed Sandwich Maker

8. Breville VST022 Panini Press

9. Frigidaire Fcl066b/h 2 Slice Sandwich Maker Stainless Steel

10. Waring WOSM1U Deep Fill Toasted Sandwich Toaster - Silver

For real Toastie lovers why not treat yourself to Toastie Heaven: 100 great reasons to dig out the sandwich toasterToastie Heaven explores variations from the conventional, to the extravagant, quirky and indulgent. From classic toasties like Tuna, Sweetcorn and Pepper Melt, to vegetarian options like Brie, Redcurrant and Watercress toasties and even sweet desserts like Bread and Butter Pudding Toasties and Toffee Apple Toasties, there is a recipe for everyone. A must-have item perfect for people living on their own, children and students,Toastie Heaven is the ultimate book for anyone wanting quick and tasty snacks with minimum effort and maximum taste.