The other day I made a first attempt at Chica’s cupcakes from indie horror game Five Night’s at Freddy’s. Chica is an animatronic chicken, similar to something you’d see at Chuck E. Cheese’s, who carries around these delightfully terrifying cupcakes with gaping eye sockets and amazing magenta icing. I got the idea from a Feast of Fiction video, but modified the recipe slightly to make it vegan friendly.
So without further ado I’m going to show you how to make these nightmarish sweets!
So for these creations you will need: an even number of vegan or non-vegan chocolate cupcakes, butter-cream frosting, vegan or non vegan fondant icing in pink, black, and white, and edible marker pens.
Vegan Chocolate Cupcake Recipe:
240 ml soy milk or almond milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar or apple sauce
150g granulated sugar
80 ml canola oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
120g all-purpose flour
40g cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
Cook at 180C for 20 minutes and they should end up looking like the beauties in that picture above .
Leave your chocolate cupcakes to cool and then start on the butter-cream frosting.
Butter-cream Frosting Recipe:
360g icing sugar
80g soya/vegetable butter
1 + 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 to 2 tablespoons soya/almond milk (don’t make it too runny!!)
Half of these cupcakes are going to become one with the other half. By that, I mean you’re going to stick two cupcakes together to provide a solid head structure for the fondant! Sounds complicated but it really isn’t!
Get half of your cupcakes and slice the tops off that are overhanging the cupcake cases to provide a flat surface for your other cupcakes.
Take the other half of your cupcakes, remove them from their cases, and also remove their tops, so you will have two flat surfaces sticking together.
Spread the butter cream icing over the flat top of your base cupcakes, ready to stick on the other ones, or the ‘skulls’, as I like to call them. Once stuck together, round off the top of the skulls with a knife as best you can.
Then cover your skulls in butter cream frosting, so that the fondant will stick to them. Try and do a couple of layers if possible and try and cover every little bit of the cake evenly. It should look something like this.
Put them in the fridge for 10 minutes to chill. Next let’s start shaping the fondant!
So the Feast of Fiction video has a link to an aluminium fondant cutter that they fashioned to cut out the icing to go on the top of Chica’s cupcakes, but I just used a knife to cut the fondant. This way I could tailor them to each individual size of the cupcake.
Roll your pink fondant out and cut a shape that kind of resembled a flower or cloud. Neaten up the edges with your fingers if you feel comfortable doing that.
Take your cupcakes out of the fridge, and carefully layer your fondant over the butter-cream layer. You can always cut bits off that overlap, or merge splits together using a bit of water and your fingertips.
With the back side of a teaspoon, press eye-sockets into the pink fondant skulls. They need to be deep enough to hold two more layers of fondant. The cupcakes should now look like this.
Now get the black fondant, roll it out, and make some small black circles. Try and get these relatively thin, as they will be the eye-sockets for the actual eyeballs.
Ok, now it’s time to make the eyeballs! Get your white fondant and make small balls with it, small enough so they will fit happily in the black fondant eye-sockets. Then get some edible markers and draw pupils. I also drew blood vessels but you don’t have to.
Stick a kid’s birthday candle in each one (I didn’t have birthday candles so I stuck these weird jewels cocktail sticks into them, d’oh!)
And hey presto, your cupcakes are ready! Dare you eat them is a different matter entirely…
I hope you enjoyed this! Keep an eye out on here for more geeky treats soon.