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what you need:

4oz /110g  butter or margarine, softened
4oz/110g caster sugar
2 medium eggs
110g  self-raising flour, sifted
4oz /15g cocoa powder
2-3 drops of vanilla extract
4oz /110g butter or margarine, softened
4oz /110g  caster sugar
2 medium eggs
4oz /110g  self-raising flour, sifted
15g cocoa powder
2-3 drops of vanilla extract

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 180C /350F /Gas Mark 4.

Place the baking cases into a 12-hole fairy cake baking tray.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Gradually beat in the eggs and the vanilla extract. If the mixture starts to curdle, add a little flour.
Fold in the remaining flour and cocoa powder with a large metal spoon.
Place spoonfuls of the mixture into the baking cases and bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 mins until well risen and firm to the touch.

Remove the fairy cakes from the oven and leave to cool on a cooling rack.

For the decoration:

Choose your desired colour of fairy cake icing, massage the pouch for 1 min to loosen the icing, then snip the corner off the pouch and pour a small amount of icing over each cake. Using a knife, spread the icing thickly over the fairy cakes.

Decorate the cakes using the writing icing and sprinkles to make scary faces.

Make them as scary as you dare!

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What you need:

Chocolate cake
115g slightly salted butter, softened
115g  Caster Sugar
1 tbsp Golden Syrup
2 medium Eggs
115g self- raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp cocoa powder
Frosting
75g full-fat cream cheese
2 tbsp Golden Syrup
125g  Icing Sugar
Cake pop sticks
Decoration
200g plain chocolate, melted
200g white chocolate, melted
Sprinkles of your choice

What you do:

For the cake pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F /gas 4.

Grease and base line a 20cm round cake tin.
Put all of the ingredients for the cake in to a large bowl and beat until smooth. Transfer to the cake tin and level, then bake for 20-25 minutes until springy to touch and a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the centre of the cake.

Leave to cool in the tin for 15 minutes then turn our and cool completely. Best left for a day before making the cake pops.

Mix the frosting ingredients together until smooth. Crumble the cake into fine crumbs into a bowl, add the frosting and mix together to make a moist textured mixture that sticks together. Cover with cling film and refrigerate until firm about 1 hour. (you can leave this mixture in the fridge for up to 3 days at this stage).

Take rounded tsps of mixture, and roll into a firm balls with your hands. Place on a sheet of greaseproof paper on a flat plate or tray. Makes about 20 balls. Put into the freezer for about half an hour to firm.

Have ready a polystyrene block or a florist block (oasis). Take a pop stick and dip into one of the cooled melted chocolates, about 2cm deep. Insert immediately into a cake ball, about halfway through. Now dip into the chocolate, making sure the cake ball is coated all over then gently tap the cake pop over the bowl to remove excess chocolate. Place in the block and scatter sprinkles before the chocolate sets, which will be quite quick as the cake is cold from the freezer.

Repeat with the rest of the cake balls using both of the melted chocolates. The pops will keep for a week in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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