29 Oct 2014

3 Easy Halloween Recipes | Video

Oh yes, I have ventured into the world of Youtube in my new video 3 Easy Halloween Recipes.  I absolutely love the creative aspect of food where you can transform it to look like something completely different.  This has been something I've enjoyed doing from a young age, which even inspired my final project for my Illustration degree 'The Little Book of Creative Cooking', which is a cookery book for children.

The next natural progression seemed to me, to try and create a video in which I could include a selection of recipes which use this idea of creative cooking.  If you hadn't guessed already, Halloween is one of my favourite times of year, so I thought why not combine the two, it just seemed right!

Below are the full recipes from the video:

Spooky Spiders


1 pack of Oreos
1 pack of strawberry laces
Red and yellow writing icing


1.  Cut the laces into 8 equal pieces per spider.

2.  Carefully separate one of the biscuit pieces from an Oreo and arrange the laces 4 on each side, carefully pushing the ends into the white Oreo filling.  Replace the biscuit you removed.

3.  Create 8 eyes using the red writing icing by gently squeezing blobs onto the Oreo.  Start with larger blobs towards the centre of the biscuit and get smaller towards the top (see video).

4.  Using the yellow writing icing, squeeze another two blobs into the centre of the two largest red eyes.

5.  Create two fang shapes below the eyes, using the yellow writing icing.

Freaky Fingers


4 frankfurters
Olive oil
A squeeze of tomato ketchup
8 flaked almonds


1.  Rip each frankfurter in half to get a rough edge.

2.  In the middle of each half, use a knife to make three shallow slits to create a knuckle joint.

3.  Using a knife again, cut the end that wasn't ripped to create a nail bed shape.

4.  Fry the frankfurter pieces in a splash of olive oil in a frying pan over a medium heat for about 4 minutes until browned.  Turn frequently to avoid burning.

5.  Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly.

6.  Add a small amount of tomato ketchup to the nail bed area of each frankfurter and then stick a piece of flaked almond to the ketchup to create a nail.

7.  Dip the end of the finger in more ketchup to create a bloody look.

Mutant Monsters


12 chocolate cupcakes* (my gluten-free recipe here)
1 batch buttercream icing* (my dairy-free recipe here)
Green food colouring
Peppermint extract (optional)
36 mint imperials
Red and Black food colouring

*Shop bought is also fine.


1.  Mix a few drops of green food colouring into the buttercream icing along with a few drops of peppermint extract to taste (optional).  This should create a light green shade.

2.  Spread a small amount of icing onto each cupcake using a palette knife.

3.  Use a small, clean paint brush and the red food colouring to create an iris on the mint imperial 'eyes'.  When that has dried slightly, use the black food colouring to create a pupil in the centre of each red iris.

4.  Place your mint 'eyes' onto each cupcake.  I used 3 per cupcake.

I hope you enjoyed my first Youtube video and first animation in a good few years.  I had such a fun time making it.  Let me know in the comments or tweet me if you give any of these recipes a go.  Happy Halloween!



  1. all of these are so cute for halloween! I wish I had munchkins to create these with. though, who am I kidding? I would probably create them just for me, as well. thanks for sharing, anya!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

    1. Thank you! They're definitely for big kids too ;) x

  2. Wow that video is ridiculously cute! What fun ways to make everyday food kinda scary. Those fingers were particularly gross xo

    1. Haha thank you! Gross is what I was aiming for :) x

  3. Oh gosh I'm not sure I could eat those fingers somehow :)

    1. Haha! Just think of them as a very deconstructed hot dog x


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