Halloween Treats – Easy Spider Cupcakes

Planning a Halloween Party? Having a spooky cake sale at school? Need cute Halloween Cupcake ideas? Read on. Today we have seriously cute and EASY to make spider cupcakes. How fun and lovely!

Also check out our Halloween Craft Ideas – 50 of the best ideas from around the web or take a look at these Scarily Cute Halloween Crafts! What a setting!

Simple and cute Spider cupcakes - recipe and how to! The kids are going to love this!

Ingredients for Cakes

  • 100g plain chocolate
  • 150g unsalted butter,
  • softened 150g caster sugar 20g cocoa,
  • sifted 3 eggs, beaten
  • 125g self raising flour
  • 1 ½tsp baking powder

2 tbsp Rachel’s Greek Style natural yogurt Ingredients for Frosting

  • 4tbsp golden syrup
  • 80ml double cream
  • 100g milk chocolate
  • 100g plain chocolate

3tbsp Rachel’s Greek Style natural yogurt Ingredients for Decoration

  • Chocolate sugar strands Smarties or similar sweets (for the eyes)
  • Liquorice laces or Catherine wheels


1.Pre-heat the oven 180°C, Gas Mark 4 and line a muffin tray with paper cases

2.Put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and microwave on medium power for 1 minute until melted, alternatively place over a pan of simmering water

3.In a mixing bowl beat the butter, caster sugar, cocoa powder and eggs, until soft and creamy. Add the flour and baking powder. Lastly add in the yogurt ensure the mixture is well combined

4.Spoon the mixture into the cases and bake for 20 minutes until risen and firm to touch. Leave to cool

5.Meanwhile in a small bowl gently heat the icing ingredients (except the yogurt). Either do this in a microwave, medium power or over a pan of simmering water until the chocolate has melted, leave to cool then add the yogurt. The frosting should be soft but not runny

6.Spoon the frosting onto each cake and carefully spread with the back of a knife. Dip each cake into chocolate sugar strands then place the Smarties for eyes, cut the liquorice laces into 8 equal pieces and push into the icing – work quickly before the frosting sets. To make the eyes stand out and a mouth simply place some of the frosting in a piping bag with a small plain nozzle and pipe for the desired effec

Makes: 12 cakes

Right.. you will find me in the kitchen stuffing my face!

Christmas Treats for Preschoolers

Last year (and we never go around to sharing this then), Pip Squeak’s Reception class – so lots of 4 & 5yrs olds – classed as Preschoolers in the rest of the world – made these WONDERFUL WONDERFUL little Christmas treats as part of their Young Enterprising scheme. The made them and sold them at school. Profits went to charity. The best bit about this young enterprising scheme, is that officially Reception is not a part of it, they are too young.. whilst the rest of the school gets organised activities… but you know, that never stops a real entrepreneur, now does it?!

We also have some great Gifts that kids can make for Christmas. Take a look!

I am digressing. The kids made adorable Rice Crispy Christmas Puddings:

Christmas Puddings Rice Crispy CakesAs they did these in school.. I can’t give you the exact quantities.. but I can give you what they used.

Rice Crispies Christmas Puds – Ingredients

  • Rice Crispies
  • Milk Chocolate
  • White chocolate
  • Marzipan Christmas Shapes*
  • Cupcake cases

If you can get marizpan shapes – by your own fondant and icing and colour it green and red. (We like using the Sugarflair Brand (UK Readers) and you  if you are form the US get it here – affiliate links)

Rice Crispies Christmas Puds – Method

1) Melt your chocolate in a big bowl in the microwave. Keep an eye on it, so as to not overheat it, as that ruins chocolate.

2) Mix in the rice crispies, keep adding until you have a good mix, that doesn’t look too “wet”. And spoon into the cupcake cases.

3) Prepare your Holly & Berries – if you have shop bought ones, this is an easy step. If you don’t, then use your fondant and colour it green and red. Cut simple holly shapes (don’t try and get all the detail, just a simple green leave will do) and make red little balls.

4) Now melt your white chocolate – again carefully in the microwave.

5) Add a spoon of white chocolate to each cake and pop your holly decoration on top.

Let set and ENJOY!

Also, why not look at these 15 DIY Christmas Ornaments as well as these 15 Christmas Decorations for some fun Christmas crafting?

Layered Lemon Drizzle Cake Recipe

I decided to make a “3 tiered” Lemon Drizzle Cake for The Englishman’s and the Father in Law’s Birthday. The recipe below is enough to make three “low” lemon drizzle cake, which stack nicely to make ONE cake. You may choose to half the recipe if you only want to make one simple cake (just use 1 lemon instead of 1.5 lemons). Also, we had some left over butter, cream cheese and icing sugar frosting from another cake we made and we used THAT to stick the cake together, then topped it with some Lemon & Orange jellies.

Easy Layered Lemon Drizzle Cake recipe

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This Lemon Drizzle cake looks “normal” and not the “most exciting”, but it was DELICIOUS!

I used 3 x 20cm baking tins – buttered and floured, to avoid sticking.

Preheat the oven to 180C

delicious Lemon Drizzle Cake (layered)

Lemon Drizzle Cake Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 280g Self Rasing Flour
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 250g butter
  • Teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1.5 grated lemon zests


  • table spoon of sugar
  • 1.5 juice of lemons

Cream Cheese Frosting (half these quantities)*

*as mentioned used LEFT OVER frosting, so half the below should be enough

  • 100g Butter
  • 200g Cream Cheese
  • 400g icing sugar
  • 1tsp of lemon juice

Lemon Drizzle Cake Method

  1. Mix all your cake ingredients with a blender – self raising flour, butter, sugar, baking powder and 4 eggs.
  2. Grate in your lemon. If it is too stiff you can add a splash of milk.
  3. Divide into 3 equal baking dishes.
  4. Place in oven and bake until golden (10-15min). Remove when a knife inserted comes out clean.
  6. Make some holes with a knife and pour over your lemon/ sugar mixtured.
  7. LET COOL. Once cool, put on a rack until you are ready to assemble the cake.
  8. Mix your soft butter, cream cheese and icing sugar + lemon. Then assemble cake. Make sure you leave enough for the top piece.

Easy Yoghurt Pot Muffins – Baking with Kids

The kids love to bake.. and I do let them have a go (and totally mess up our kitchen.. hehehe – but really, the mess is brief and totally worth it in terms of the life skills that they gain from this). Today my kids share with you our Yoghurt Pot Muffin recipe, that is super quick and easy to make. It is a staple in our house that you can easily vary to suit “what you have in”.

Easy Yoghurt Pot Muffin Recipe - fun and easy cupcakes to bake with kids

Easy Yoghut Pot Muffins – Ingredients

  • 1 Yoghurt pot (any flavour approx 125g)
  • 3 pots of plain flour
  • 1 pot of sugar
  • 2/3 pot of vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • OPTIONAL – (frozen) berries, choc chips, nuts… whatever takes your fancy!

Bake at 180C until golden.

Now watch the video and see how my kids make these!

Easy Yoghurt Pot Muffins

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How to Make Easy Jam Tarts with Kids

The kids are at it again – showing us how easy it is to get busy in the Kitchen! Today the boy makes some delicious Jam Tarts and they are SO SO EASY!!!!!!! Really.. take a look.yt2To make these Jam Tarts you will need:

  • Pastry (you can buy it or shortcrust pastry recipe)
  • Jam (use jam, not marmalade.. yuk.. who likes that! Ha)
  • A glass
  • A muffin tin

Preheat the oven to 180C and bake for approx 10-15min

And this is How To make these Jam Tarts:

Aren’t they just yummy?!