4 Spooky Halloween Recipes

by Barry Lewis


Bleeding Brain Cupcakes

100g self-raising flour

100g sugar

100g butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 eggs


200g softened butter

200g icing sugar

1 tbsp milk

Red food colouring


Raspberry or strawberry seedless jam



Black Cheese Ghost Quesadilla


Black food colouring



Oreo Spiders


Pretzel sticks

Edible eyes

Leftover buttercream from cupcakes (or see above for the recipe)


Fang Cookies

Your favourite cookies


Red food dye

Mini marshmallows


Chloe’s back in a spooky version of the kitchen today to help me with some Halloween treat recipes! We’ve got bleeding brain cupcakes, Oreo spiders, ghost quesadillas and fang cookies – with a lot of food dye and buttercream along the way today!

Now we actually made the first three dairy free Halloween recipes by substituting vegan butter, cheese and milk into the recipes as Chloe is dairy free. They worked just as well using plant based alternatives!

So if you’re looking for some last minute Halloween party recipe ideas, here are the ingredients and steps from today’s video:

Bleeding Brain Cupcakes

This is a nice simple cupcake recipe to start with! First cream together the butter and sugar with Head Whisk (or your electric owl, I mean, mixer of choice!). Add in the eggs one at a time and continue to beat, followed by the vanilla extract. Finally add in the flour and mix gently together.

Spoon the batter into spooky cupcake cases. We could have made the batter green, but Chloe says that would not have helped at all! Bake in a 180C/160C fan/350F oven for around 20 minutes.

While they bake, mix the butter, milk and icing sugar together until you have a beautiful whipped buttercream. Now add in enough red or pink food colouring to make the icing brain coloured – here’s where it gets fun! 

Let the cupcakes cool – we can’t pipe them right away as they’re going to be piping hot! Once cooled, spread a thin layer of the buttercream over the top of each, then add the rest to your piping bag. Make a line down the middle then squiggle over each side one way, then the other way until it looks sufficiently brain-like!

The final step on the journey is…some blood! Mix together the jam and a splash of blood then fill 5ml syringes with the mixture. Stab these right through the top of the cupcake, squirt to fill, and enjoy! These look pretty awesome!

Black Cheese Ghost Quesadilla

Grate the cheese and mix it with a good squidge of black food colouring, it doesn’t need to be fully coated because it’ll blend as it melts.

Now use a piece of A4 paper to cut out a template of a ghost and cut the tortillas out in this shape. If you take your time with this, it’ll come out pretty darn awesome!

Put one tortilla down in the pan, sprinkle the cheese all over. Cut eye holes and a mouth out of the top tortilla then place it down on top of the cheese. Melt it up in the pan, let it brown on one side then flip over and brown the other side too. These look very cool and taste good too!

Oreo Spiders

This is a good simple one for kids! Chop the pretzel sticks into spider leg sized pieces, then stick them into the cream in the Oreo. Use a bit of buttercream to stick the edible eyes on, and there you go!

Fang cookies

Bake up your favourite chocolate chip cookies – here’s our best ever recipe.

While they’re baking, mix up some buttercream (use the recipe above from the cupcakes again) with some red food dye, get this one really bright red and vibrant!

Spread half of the underside of each cookie with the buttercream, spilling over at the front. Layer up the marshmallows as teeth and the almonds as fangs! These look awesome and are really good too!