Starring Mrs Lovett’s Meat Pies – as Cupcakes!

mrs lovetts meat pies fom sweeney todd cupcakes made using chocolate chunks red icing and painted fondant topping in silver cupcake foil case

Last weekend Rob and I were invited to a fabulous “Musicals and Theatre” themed fancy dress party. You may have already seen the Sound of Music cake pops I made for the party as well. My biggest challenge, and on request from the hosts, was to create some ‘meat pies’ for Mrs. Lovett’s kitchen, from Sweeney Todd. Never one to refuse a request I spent the past couple of weeks scheming to come up with these baked beauties!

I wanted the base of the cake to be dense and chocolatey, with different textures to give the effect of a chunky pie filling. I started off with 2 whole bars of milk and white chocolate, bashed and broken into thick chunks.

milk and white chocolate chunks home baking cupcakes

The main sponge of the cupcake was a rich chocolate, and they baked up beautifully with chocolate oozing out of the top. (I coated the chunks in a little flour before mixing in so they didn’t all sink to the bottom).

chocolate cupcakes with white chinks freshly baked oozing

Next up – a gooey ‘meat juice’ – aka a thick, sticky red velvet buttercream, lightly flavoured with chocolate and vanilla, and coloured a gross blood red!

blood red icing buttercream meat juices for mrs lovetts meat pies sweeney todd

I used this to fill the cupcakes…

chocolate cupcake meat pie chunks oozing red red blood meat juice icing halloween

… and cover the tops:

chocolate cupcake in silver foil pie case blood red icing topping sweeney todd mrs lovett meat pies

Any good pie needs a pastry lid, and these were certainly no exception… or were they? This pie was covered in a coloured fondant, using a highly technical mix of yellow, orange, peach, ivory and even black food colouring.

making a cupcake look like pastry pies fondant topping silver foil case

To get the proper meat pie look, the edges were crimped with the edge of a fork, and little pastry leaves added to the centre.

mrs lovett meat pies from sweeney todd fondant pastry crimping edges with a fork leaf decoration

Fresh meat pies, ready to ‘bake’!

fresh pastry meat pies actually are chocolate cupcakes with fondant topping and silver foil case

And bake they did – with the careful help of my lovely painter and decorator Rob. He used brown food colouring diluted with water, and stippling with a paint brush to create a fantastic baked pastry crust to the pies.

meat pie cupcake for musical theme sweeney todd mrs lovetts meat pies entirely edible and sweet

Get them while they’re hot!

freshly baked meat pie lookalike cupcakes made with chocolate and fondant topping paint effects and pastry

And Mrs. Lovett’s pies wouldn’t be complete without a few (fondant) extras:

mrs lovetts meat pies from sweeney todd for musical theme party fondant topping and gory body parts eyes nose bloody finger halloween cupcake baking ideas

We arrived at the party to find the kitchen amazingly transformed into Mrs Lovett’s pie shop, completely bedecked with fake brickwork all around the normal white walls. And, as the birthday boy works down in Leicestershire, he’d picked up a huge haul of pork pies from Melton Mowbray. My how this confused people!

mrs lovetts pie shop musical themed party singing in the rain pork pies cupcakes that look like pies brickwork background

fleet street bloody sign against brickwork mrs lovetts pie shop sweeney todd musical theatre fancy dress theme party

We gave them half a chance by putting the cupcake ‘pies’ on cake stands, but there was still a lot of surprise when they bit in! I didn’t get to try one (don’t worry I stocked up on birthday cake), but received a rave review that they tasted “like a bite of a dream”. Result! Look gross but taste great 🙂

mrs lovetts meat pies kitchen baking cupcakes on stand fondant made to look like pastry nose

I couldn’t help but share some more photos from the party as so much effort had gone into decorating the house.

The conservatory morphed into The Little Shop of Horrors, complete with a handmade Audrey 2:

little shop of horrors front audrey 2 plant built at home musical theatre fancy dress theme party

Recognise the chandelier from Phantom of the Opera? Again, all handmade!

phantom of the opera chandelier built at home gold beading white half face mask and rose musical theatre fancy dress theme party

And the pièce de résistance – a giant Clock of the Time Dragon from Wicked. Complete with moving clock hands and smoke from the dragons mouth. AMAZING!

wicked musical clock of the time dragon built at home fancy dress theme party

To finish – my rock star and I in our costumes!

mamma mia abba and beatles costumes musical fancy dress theme party jen and rob electric guitar


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