Haunted Brownie House

I’ve been wanting to make something like this for a while but always shied away from it. I’ve been worried it wouldn’t look “professional” or look as good as some haunted houses I've seen online but then I remembered…I don’t make things on here to look professional or compete with anyone else online, I made this haunted house because I wanted to, it was something I've never done before and a new challenge! I ended up decorating it with my partner so it was even more fun than I thought it was gonna be and although I know it looks nowhere near as good as some amazing haunted houses I've seen online, it was fun, silly and best of all it tasted good too. 

Serves 10-12 

For the brownie:
150g Butter
200g Caster Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
150g Plain Flour 
3 Eggs  
4 tbsp Cocoa Powder 
1 tsp Baking Powder 
Sprinkle of Sea Salt  

For the decoration:
1 pot of Chocolate Frosting 
2 bags of Mini Chocolate Buttons
1 box of Mint Chocolate Sticks 
1 pack of Green Fondant Icing 
Black Cake Writing Gel 
Red Cake Writing Gel
Edible Googly Eyes (optional) 

We’ll start by making the brownie itself. Preheat the oven to 200C/ 180 Fan/ Gas Mark 4 and in a large bowl cream together the butter, sugar, and vanilla until it's smooth. 

Add in the flour, eggs, baking powder, cocoa powder, and sea salt, gently whisk this together until you have a thick brownie batter with no lumps. 

Spread the batter into a greased brownie tin making sure you evenly distribute the batter to each corner. Bake the brownie in the oven for 20-30 mins until it’s risen slightly and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. 

Once baked, take the brownie out the oven and allow it to cool fully for around an hour before flipping the tray upside down and gently tapping all over the bottom of the tray to unstick the brownie. Once your brownie is free from the tin, put it on a plate or large tray ready for decorating! 

Now we want to form the rough shape of our little creepy house. With a sharp knife make two verticals cuts, one approx 3 inches long about 1 cm in from the corner and another 2 inches long next to the first one, this will help to make roofs, don’t throw away the brownie you cut either, we’ll need that next. 

Using your cut-offs, slice them diagonally to form triangles, place the triangles back to back on top of the edges of our brownie, to create a roof. 

Now, here's the fun bit, using a knife, spoon, or spatula, spread a thick layer of chocolate frosting all over the cake, make sure to glue the roof to the brownie edge with frosting to keep it all together, don’t be afraid to use lots! 

The next bit is up to you, you can decorate it any way you like but I'll explain how I did mine. Using the chocolate buttons I created a pyramid on the roof to look like roof tiles then used the chocolate sticks down the middle as a drainpipe, creating a second roof halfway down using the chocolate sticks like thatched roofing. I then made the door out of chocolate sticks too. 
Using a circle cookie cutter, I rolled out some of the green fondant, cut a circle, and placed this as the top window, I then cut out some longer rectangular windows free-hand and placed them on the bottom, as well as a little square one on the top left of the house. I then got my black writing gel and iced some window panes onto the windows and my partner used the red writing gel to ice the number “666” on the door, I also rolled a small ball of green fondant for the door handle. Then finally, I stuck a pair of googley eyes on the top round window! 

This was so much fun to make and I hope you can see that from the outcome! Although like I said at the beginning, it’s not professional looking or “perfect” it was fun, we had a great evening working out where to put all the little bits of chocolate, and then eating it afterward was very tasty! I would say this is a great recipe for anyone looking to spice up their Halloween baking a bit, you don’t have to be a star baker to do this (just look at mine) but I think the brownie recipe is easy enough to put together where you can let than cook and then really let your imagination run wild on the decoration, I think its great for young and old alike and ill be interested to make another next year and see if my skills have improved at all! But for now, I hope you find some time this Halloween month to make your own Haunted Brownie House. 

23 days until Halloween! 

H x