By Anne B
HAPPY HALLOWEEN Ramblers! I wish you lots of frightful fun, spooky cocktails, cool costumes, and, of course, lots of delicious candy! Speaking of delicious things, here is a recipe for some fun and easy Halloween cupcakes!
Time: ~1 hour
Level: Easy/ Medium
Servings: 24 cupcakes
Cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 325 F (160 C) and line two 12-cupcake tins with paper or silicone liners (or 1 24-cupcake tin).
Over low heat, melt the chocolate and butter in a saucepan, stirring until smooth. For best results, do this using the bain-marie method by putting the chocolate and butter in a glass or metal bowl and then putting the bowl over a pot filled with water. As the water heats up, it’ll melt the chocolate and butter. However, if you don’t have the time for this, it’s ok if you just do it in a saucepan. When everything is melted and smooth, take the mixture off the heat and let it cool.
While that’s cooling, mix the sugar, egg, flour, cocoa powder and baking powder in another bowl. Then combine with the chocolate mixture until smooth.
Spoon (or scoop with an ice cream scoop) into the liners, filling only about halfway, and bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cupcake comes out clean. Take them out of the oven and let cool completely.
Frosting: Cream the butter and powdered sugar until the mixture is smooth with an electric beater or in a stand mixer (whisk attachment). Then, add the vanilla and mix until it is fully incorporated.
To make the frosting orange, add a few drops of orange dye until the color is how you want it. If you don’t have orange dye, mix equal amounts of red and yellow dye to get a pure orange color. You can get different shades by changing the ratio of red to yellow dye.
Place the frosting in a piping bag and pipe it onto the cupcakes. I used an open star pastry tip for these cupcakes and changed how I piped so that they weren’t all the same.
Decorate with some Halloween-themed sprinkles and googly eyes. I liked changing the number of eyes to make them more fun!
Note: at some point in the creaming process, the frosting may look like it’s curdled and not mixing. Just keep whisking and after a couple of minutes, the frosting should come together and look smooth.
I hope you liked these monster cupcakes! This recipe can also be used for normal occasions - just add different decorations and change the color of the frosting!
If you make these, post a picture and tag us (@HBramblings)!