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Ghoulish macadamia cupcakes

The ghoulish and crazy macadamia eyeballs on these cupcakes will induce squeals of spooky delight! They look a little scary but don’t be tricked, they still taste an absolute treat for Halloween.
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Servings 8
Course Dessert
Preference Vegetarian
Perfect for Celebrations
Skill level Easy

Ingredients
  

Cupcakes

  • 2/3 cup macadamias
  • 1 1/3 cups plain flour
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp beetroot powder
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 60 g butter melted and cooled
  • 2 tbsp macadamia or vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup milk

Icing

  • 180 g cream cheese
  • 1 cup thickened cream
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

To decorate

  • 8 whole macadamias
  • A black, blue and red food decorating pen
  • A tube of red edible write-on gel

Instructions
 

Cupcakes

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C. Place Halloween coloured paper liners into an 8-cake capacity muffin tin. Place the macadamias, flour, sugar, beetroot powder and baking powder into the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the mixture becomes a flour-like consistency. Do not over-process or it will start to stick together. Coarse macadamia pieces are ideal. Place the flour mixture into a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, lightly whisk together the eggs, butter, oil and milk. Add to the dry ingredients and stir to combine, taking care not to over-mix. Spoon into the cupcake liners so that they are ¾ full. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until puffed and cooked through when tested with a skewer. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Icing

  • Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and beat on a medium speed until the mixture is combined and stiff peaks form, about 3 minutes. Do not overbeat or the cream will curdle.

To decorate

  • Use the food decorating pens to turn each whole macadamia into a bloodshot eyeball – black for the pupil, blue for the iris and red squiggles for the bloodshot veins. Pipe icing onto each cake and drizzle over some red write-on gel. Top with a macadamia eyeball and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 508kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 7gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 16gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 110mgSodium: 278mgPotassium: 199mgFiber: 2gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 848IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 195mgIron: 2mg

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