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RECIPE- Bat Bogie muffins, perfect for Haloween....

Posted by bakinglady on October 3, 2009 at 2:35 PM


It is my mission in life to get kids to eat more veggies and this recipe is a perfect way of doing that...

Bat bogie muffins are the lightest, moistest little cakes you will ever munch on and no one will guess the secret ingredient that makes them that way.... Courgettes!

with a squidgy cream cheese topping and spooky coconut spiders or ghoulish pumpkin heads they are sure to go down an absolute treat for haloween. Happy haloween baking ghouls and gals!


You need to make the coconut ice spiders at least 4 hours before you need them to allow them time to dry.



Coconut ice

340g dessicated coconut

340g icing sugar

398g can of sweetened condensed milk

red and orange food colouring, paste is best but liquid colour will do

100g plain chocolate

100g liquorice laces


250g butter

450g caster sugar

4 eggs

350g self raising flour

Juice and zest of 1 orange

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon mixed spice

400g courgettes, grated

100g ready to eat apricots, chopped nice and small



100g cream cheese

250g butter

500g icing sugar

zest of 2 oranges


Start with your coconut ice.

Place the icing sugar and coconut into a large bowl and pour the condensed milk over, you can use a spoon to mix it all up but I prefer to use one hand, its so much easier and quicker and you get to lick your fingers at the end, divide the mixture into 2 equal portions and colour one half red and the other orange, divide each batch into 24 equal sized balls. Place them well apart on silicone or baking paper.




Using a 1 1/2" cutter, push each ball flat with your fingertips, making the edge thinner and giving the centre a slight dome shape. The red will be the spider bodies and the orange will be the pumpkin heads.

Next, indent the orange discs with the edge of the cutter to make them look like the ridges of the pumpkin and using your thumb and forefinger squash the top and bottom of each one to give them a pumpkin shape



Cut the liquorice laces into 1" lengths, you will need 8 per spider so don't eat any or you will have mutant creepy crawlies!

Melt the plain chocolate in a small bowl either in the microwave or over a pan of hot, not boiling water,

and spread a little over the base of the red ones, a few at a time, and place them on the arranged liquorice 'legs'



Allow to set before piping the details with the remaining chocolate.




Spooky spiders....



Petrifying pumpkins.... Allow at least four hours before baking the muffins to allow the coconut ice to harden and dry a little but keep them away from little hands ( and big hands in our house)


Then get your baking apron on and Pre- heat the oven to 180c


Beat the butter and sugar till light and fluffy, add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Sieve the flour, cinnamon and mixed spice together in a seperate bowl.

Fold in the orange juice and zest to the butter mixture, then the courgettes and chopped apricots, finally fold in the sieved flour and spice mixture.

Divide the mixture equally between 24 large muffin cases and cook for 30-35 minutes, the muffins should be well risen, golden brown and spring back lightly when pressed with the fingertips

Leave to cool.

Prepare the topping, beat the butter, icing sugar and orange zest together in a bowl till light and fluffy, add the cream cheese and beat gently until well combined

Pipe the cream cheese topping on top of the cooled muffins and add a coconut spider or pumpkin for decoration.



Now go get your best vampire costume on and get out the bats blood and witches brew for its party

time and these little treats will be disappearing in the blink of an eye!!!!!




Mwa.... Ha...Ha...........

Categories: Seasons eatings...., Cupcakes