Mummies’ Fingers and Cobweb Cupcakes

Image of black cat

Obligatory black cat

I had to censor one of the pictures I took for this post. It turns out that from the wrong angle mummies’ fingers can look – how can I put this delicately? – like an entirely different part of a pharoah’s anatomy. You have been warned.

That apart, you can’t go wrong by aiming for shock value when it comes to Hallowe’en party food. The more gruesome it is, the better kids (and some adults) seem to like it.

The cupcakes are made with pumpkin and are lightly spiced. If that’s an idea that really does horrify your children, substitute a chocolate sponge recipe.

Mummies' Fingers

Image of mummies' fingers


12 chipolata sausages

1 sheet of ready-rolled shortcrust pastry

12 blanched almonds

Ketchup, to serve


Pre-heat oven to 400F/200C/Gas Mark 6

Cut thin strips of pastry and wrap, criss-crossed, over the lower half of each sausage. Cut a slit in the other end and insert an almond to look like a fingernail.

Bake on a lightly-oiled tray for 20-25 minutes until the sausages are cooked and the pastry golden. Serve with a gory splash of ketchup. 

Cobweb Cupcakes

  • Servings: makes 24-26 small cakes
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Image of cobweb cupcakes by candlelight

Ingredients  for the sponge:

220g self-raising flour

1 tspn bicarbonate of soda

1 tspn ground cinnamon

1/2 tspn ground allspice

1/2 tspn ground ginger

A grating of nutmeg

The zest of 1 orange

1/2 tspn salt

130g dark brown soft sugar

2 medium-large eggs

Image of cobweb cupcake120 ml sunflower oil

80 ml milk

200g pumpkin purée

For the frosting:

100g cream cheese

50 g butter, softened at room temperature

250g icing sugar

For the cobweb icing:

50g icing sugar

2 tbsp cocoa powder

3-4 tbsp water


Pre-heat oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 and place cupcake liners in 2 x 12 hole cupcake tins.

Sift the flour and bicarb into a large bowl and add the salt and spices. Grate in the orange zest and stir well to mix. In another bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until blended then add the oil, milk and pumpkin purée. Mix well.

Image of pumpkin puree going into batter

Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir until blended but don’t overwork it. It will be quite a runny batter. Spoon it into the cupcake cases so they’re half to two-thirds full.

Place in the centre of the oven and cook for about 12 minutes or until a skewer poked into them comes out clean. Remove to a wire rack to cool.

Image of cupcakes, baked

To make the cream cheese frosting, put the cream cheese and butter in a bowl and sift in the icing sugar. Beat together until smooth.

For the chocolate icing, mix the 50g of icing sugar with the cocoa powder and the water until smooth and thick – it shouldn’t be too runny. Put it into a piping bag with a fine nozzle (or use a plastic bag with the corner snipped off).

Spoon the frosting onto the cooled cakes. Pipe three concentric circles of the chocolate icing onto each cake, then run a toothpick through it from the centre to the edge eight times to give a cobweb effect.

I used cobweb wrappers and plastic spiders to decorate, available online. I don’t need to tell you that plastic spiders are a choke hazard, do I? Nope, thought not.

Image of cobweb cupcakes with cobweb wrapper and spiders

7 thoughts on “Mummies’ Fingers and Cobweb Cupcakes

    • Better that than being stuck in the windpipe, eh? Glad you liked the barley risotto. Thanks for the feedback

      OMG I’ve just re-read this and realised you may not have been talking about the spiders, in which case my earlier response is highly suspect. I’ll get my coat.

  1. Urgh, those mummies’ fingers look quite the part! Scarily authentic, actually. Why not mix them with my witches fingers from last year? That will freak out the kids. And those cobweb cupcakes – stunning.

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