MUNCH RATING: 5/5
With Halloween this Saturday I thought I’d play around with some icing and decorate my remaining cupcakes with some spider webs. I had normal white icing and chocolate icing, but you can use food colouring to make your icing whatever colours you want. I did a white base with a brown web and a brown base with a white web and I think I prefer the latter is it’s a bit more striking.
To make the glace icing, just put a few tablespoons of icing into a bowl and add a few drops of water and mix until you have a fairly thick icing, but runny enough so that it will fall off your spoon in a stream.
I made the piping bags to pipe the spirals out of greaseproof paper. There is a good video on the BBC Good Food website on how to do this, but you won’t need a nozzle for these spirals, just snip off a tiny bit at the end to make a hole. The triangle doesn’t have to be massive either, the longest edge only needs to be about 2 hand-spans long.
Here’s my mini piping bag:
Directions (click on the photo to enlarge):
- Spread your main colour icing over your cupcake - using a palette knife dipped in water is the best tool.
- Pipe a spiral of different coloured icing on top, starting from the centre. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect!
- Drag a toothpick from the centre through the spiral outwards, about 8 different times. You must do this when the icing is still wet, otherwise when you drag the toothpick you will get indentations in the icing and not the feathered effect.