7 wicked baking ideas you need to try this Halloween

25 October, 2016

With Halloween creeping up on us once again, we’ve been on the lookout for some seriously spooky recipes to whip up this October. Whether you’re looking to have a little fun with bewitching designs or want to go all out with rich, delicious flavours, this Halloween, your customers are certainly going to be in for a treat! (Or should that be trick?) To spark your imagination, here are seven wicked baking ideas to celebrate the spookiest night of the year.

1. Wicked witch cupcakes

Witches feet cupcakes

Combining vibrant green frosting with fun, ready-to-roll icing, these fantastic cupcakes are perfect for younger customers! Wonderfully simple, yet terribly effective, why not enhance the effect by flavouring your icing with lime or apple? After you’ve moulded your witch’s legs, finish off your cupcake with black, purple or orange sprinkles.

2. Spider’s web layer cake

Spider web cake

Looking to wow your customers this Halloween? This spider web layer cake may require a lot of patience, but we think the result is definitely worth it! Cover your layer cake in black and orange frosting to create a striped effect, blending the two colours together where they meet. Chill the cake, then use white royal icing to create the spider web pattern. And voilà! One spooktacular Halloween layer cake that’s sure to impress.

3. Perfect pumpkin pie

Pumpkin pie

Let’s face it, Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without a slice of delicious pumpkin pie. Spice your mixture with cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger and cloves for a wonderful concoction of autumnal flavours, and serve with lashings of whipped cream for the perfect Halloween treat.

4. Ghastly ghost chocolate bark

Ghost chocolate bark

One for all chocolate lovers, this ghostly chocolate bark comprises of three layers of dark and white chocolate topped with a haunting design. Set your first two chocolate layers, then while the top dark chocolate layer is still warm, pipe blobs of white chocolate onto the dark chocolate and use a toothpick to drag the chocolate to form this ghostly effect. Think chocolate bark is a bit too simple? Why not apply the same design to millionaires’ shortbread for a more luxurious Halloween treat?

5. Spooky spiced pumpkin cupcakes

Witch’s hat cupcakes

Want to take your spiced pumpkin cupcakes to the next level? This brilliant Halloween-inspired design uses an aromatic pumpkin cupcake base, which is then topped with orange frosting and a carefully crafted ready-to-roll icing witch’s hat. Sure to turn a few heads, these cupcakes certainly won’t be around for long!

6. Chilling meringue bone tiered cake

Meringue bones layer cake

Looking for a more elegant Halloween design? This clever skeletal tiered cake uses meringue piped into bone shapes to create a grisly effect. If you think three tiers screams more wedding than Halloween, why not use your meringue bones to decorate a white chocolate layer cake? For added gruesomeness, whip up a red berry coulis to drizzle down your bones.

7. Eerie salted caramel apple snickers cake

Salted caramel snickers cake

If, for you, Halloween is all about toffee apples and an abundance of delicious, oozing caramel, this cake is one you need to try this October. Because, sometimes, more really is more, this cake is flavoured with spiced apple and chocolate, smothered in a peanut butter and salted caramel snickers frosting, covered in a chocolate coating, and then finally doused in a rich salted caramel sauce. Tempted? Finish this showstopper off with three salted caramel coated apples and a few sinister branches for an epic Halloween extravaganza.

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5 must try delicious salted caramel recipes

19 October, 2016

Gooey, indulgent and oh-so sweet, salted caramel is a syrupy sauce that can turn the most simplistic of desserts into a rich, heavenly treat. Often drizzled over cake, salted caramel is really simple to make and offers a great alternative to frosting. Surprisingly, all you need to create this gooey toffee delight is granulated sugar, salted butter, heavy cream and salt; simple ingredients that produce an immense treat!

Alongside generously pouring this sauce over a rich dessert, you can create a delightful caramel paradise by using it as an ingredient and a flavour. Initially created as confectionery in France, salted caramel has since found itself in all types of desserts, from hearty brownies to light cheesecake. Its unique taste and heavenly thick texture has made it a firm favourite around the world, featuring in a selection of recipes. To show you the true breadth of salted caramel, we’ve found five different recipes that offer you something that little bit different from the sticky treat.

1. No bake salted caramel popcorn

Salted caramel popcorn

Salted caramel popcorn is as delicious as it sounds! Complementing both sweet and salted popcorn, adding caramel offers a fierce kick of toffee in a crunchy topping, combined with the exquisite, soft popcorn centre. To make no bake salted caramel popcorn, simply cover your popcorn with hot, homemade toffee sauce, place in clusters and allow to dry. It’s so simple and doesn’t make use of the oven! Why not serve to your customers as a light, takeaway snack?

2. Salted caramel doughnut holes

Doughnut holes

Little bites of indulgence, doughnut holes are miniature pieces of dough-heaven bursting with a soft, flavoursome centre. We’re loving these delightful doughnut balls glazed with yes, you’ve guessed it – salted caramel! Don’t they look amazing? Try serving with a side of ice cream as a must-try dessert. Why not experiment with a toffee apple centre as a great Bonfire Night themed offering?

3. Chocolate buttermilk pancakes with salted caramel

Salted caramel pancakes

Sometimes, your customers crave a decadent, oh-so naughty breakfast, no? These pancakes, made with scrumptious chocolate buttercream are exactly that. Although, we admit, they would taste great on their own, they’ll be even more scrumptious laden with sticky salted caramel sauce! Why not mix and match with plain pancakes and other flavours, so your customers can choose how light or rich they want it?

4. Salted caramel and praline macarons

Salted caramel macarons

Ethereal, tasty and attractively bite-size, macarons have secured their reputation as one of the tastiest treats to come out of France, alongside the world-famous éclair. Made from meringue, with a hard exterior and soft centre filled with flavour, these French fancies are a sophisticated sweet, and classed as the next ‘big’ food craze. Salted caramel and praline macarons contrastingly combine the sticky, messy sauce with chic meringue and subtle home-made praline, creating a delightfully tasty, unique macaron. Why not give this recipe a whirl?

5. Salted caramel pretzel snaps

Salted caramel pretzel snaps

A popular snack in Germany, pretzels’ flavouring makes them extremely versatile and a great food to experiment with. Made simply from dough and twisted into their legendary shape, mini pretzels create little bites of crunchy, tasty food. Instead of opting for the simple salty mini pretzels, why not create these chocolate and salted caramel pretzel snaps? With a soft base of chocolate and a kick of salted caramel candy, these little bites make a great, mouth-watering takeaway treat.

Perhaps you’re inspired to try one of the recipes above or tackle your own salted caramel creation? If so, don’t forget to share your images with us via Twitter!

10 stunning autumn pie crust designs you need to master

11 October, 2016

For us, autumn marks the start of pie season. Slow cooked meats, tangy fruits and vibrant spices, all encased in delicious, golden pastry. However, when it comes to sweet pies, there’s definitely scope to get a bit creative with your crusts. To provide you with a little inspiration as to exactly what you can achieve when you put your mind to it, here are 10 stunning autumn pie crust designs to try this season.

1. Floral lattice

Floral lattice

A fantastic pastry design for autumnal pies, this pretty creation encases a nostalgic rhubarb and custard filling in sweet shortcrust pastry. After creating a lattice using unevenly sized pastry strips, decorate the crust with an assortment of leaves and flowers. If you don’t have a pastry leaf cutter to hand, an easy way to create the foliage effect is to make a leaf-shaped template, then use a sharp knife to cut out each one.

2. Perfectly plaited lattice

Elegant weave

So simple, yet undeniably effective, this perfectly plaited lattice is a fantastic way to give your pies an edge. After delicately plaiting three strands of pastry, repeat the process until you have 10 neat braids. Carefully weave the plaits to create a rustic lattice effect and then bake until golden. Why not use this traditional design on an all-time classic recipe, such as spiced apple pie?

3. Autumn leaf crust

Autumn leaf crust

A great pie design for time poor bakers, this no-fuss pie crust is incredibly easy to perfect and a brilliant way to add a little seasonal twist to your bake. Use a mix of different leaf pastry or cookie cutters to quickly form your pastry leaves, then use a sharp knife to add the detail. For an added autumnal feel, finish your crust with a few acorns to enhance the effect!

4. Leaf, lattice and braid

Lattice and braid

A wonderfully intricate design, this stunning pie crust is sure to turn a few heads! After carefully weaving strips of pastry to form a lattice centre, plait four braids to create the circular edging. Bend each plait into a semi-circle, joining two together to produce a full ring. Place the pastry leaves over the joints to complete the effect.

5. Layered cherries

Layered cherries

If you’re stuck for pie crust design inspiration, why not try mirroring your pie filling with your pastry? A beautifully elaborate pie crust, this show-stopping cherry pie is surprisingly easy to assemble once you’ve delicately cut out your pastry cherries. Scatter your shapes so they roughly cover the whole of your pie, ensuring you completely cover the outer crust.

6. Delicate rose bed

Rose bed

If you’ve got a bit more time to spend over crafting your crust, this design is sure to be a customer pleaser! Created by carefully constructing each rose out of four pastry circles rolled into a log, then cut in half, this pie crust is one for the more patient baker. Surround your pastry roses with overlapping leaves and bake until the pastry roses are cooked through.

7. Simple stencil

Simple stencil

This pastry effect may look tricky, but it’s actually one of the simplest to master. All you need is a pie top cutter to press on your rolled out pastry, then carefully lay the design over your fruit filling. Leave a fair amount of excess on your pastry base, then fold the edges back over the design and crimp to seal them together.

8. Stamped flowers

Wild flowers

Another beautiful, floral design, this pie crust uses the vibrant colour contrast of the rich, fruity filling to enhance its finish. If your customers prefer more pastry on their pie, this crust ensures they won’t miss out on the delicious outer layer! Use a cookie cutter to cut out the shapes in your pastry lid, then use the off cuts to decorate the outer crust. Why not experiment with different cutters to create your own signature design?

9. Alphabet pie crust

Alphabet pie crust

A wonderfully simple, yet incredibly fun pie crust, this ingenious design could also be used to decorate both sweet and savoury pies. Use an alphabet cutter to shape your letters, arrange them in two circles to cover your pie, and voilà! You have one impressive pie crust to tempt your customers.

10. Autumn leaf vines

Autumn leaf vines

Finally, it’s safe to say this elaborate pie crust is certainly a showstopper! Intricate vines and leaves entwined to create a rustic, natural looking crust, this pastry design is definitely one to try this season! Complete the effect by using a triple berry filling you can show off in the open centre.


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