Boo! I did say I was going on a bit of a Halloween kick this week. Did I add that kick might have a little something to do with sugar as well? Don't fret there will still be lots of healthy dishes coming up pronto. But for now, we have these ghoulish chocolaty cupcakes topped off with fudge frosting and a spooky motif to boot!
Before I get into anything today, I want to point out that this recipe came from Joy of Baking. Okay, the decorating no, but the cake and icing recipe, yes. I have been following along on that site for years now and have learnt so much through her extensive baking knowledge. It is an absolute fantastic site with mouth watering treats. If you have never checked it out, head on over here and take a look. Also, she does videos which are great for learning along the way. I have several other recipes on my site adapted from the Joy of Baking and they are always winners. I have never ever had a disaster or mishap. Check it out!
If you were around on the blog yesterday, you would have noticed my love for Halloween. You can read about that here if you so wish. It also has a pretty tasty Pumpkin Spice Square recipe. Oh, this is a food blog after all.
Despite my love for Halloween, I am not necessarily in love with all of the Halloween inspired food. Some of it, just yuck! There is something quite "special" about green devilled eggs. Yes, we have all seen them on the buffet table and kept on walking. Then there is always something with worms, blood, guts and so much more that I honestly can't really seem to look at. Okay, sure it all looks pretty fun and cool when it hits the buffet table by 7:00 pm, but turn the clock forward a few hours and you wish it the goblins would gobble it all up. Yes, the Halloween buffet table.
So, with all the Halloween hosting I have done through the years, you would be hard pressed to find a pumpkin vomiting hummus, a tray of cat litter treats (yes, that's a thing), or a worm graveyard. I kind of stick to more main stream food with a bit of a Halloween twist.
There are so many ways to make Halloween food entertaining, spooky and edible all at the same time. I have done the mummy rolls, witches broom sticks, candied apples, cakes, cookies, fruit pumpkins and so much more. None of which is on the blog. In fact, I am certain this is the first real Halloween recipe I have ever posted. Well then!
All that aside, there are so many great ideas out here in the world wide web. You can search for anything and you will be guaranteed to get it pop up ten fold. Last year the Food Bloggers of Canada had a great selection of Halloween treats. You can see that here if you you like. I am pretty sure they will be posting more treats this weekend as well.
If you are looking for some treats with a bit less sugar, I found this site Super Healthy Kids with some great ideas. You can see all about that here. As well, Pinterest is loaded with every Halloween idea imaginable.
These cupcakes are my attempt at giving a regular cupcake a Halloween twist. All it took was some coloured paper liners and a candy topping. I had the liners for about 8 years now, yes that long. I just never got around to using them. I found the candy the other day in Aldi supermarket. I was surprised how much Halloween stuff they had. I guess Halloween is on the up and up. So as you can see, even the most basic cupcake can turn into a Halloween treat.
As for the cupcakes themselves, they are delicious. I didn't have a full one yet, but a bite. I am saving myself for ore treats next week. They are safely tucked away in the freezer for now. I have made these cup cakes many times though, and they always turn out fantastic. Like I said, the Joy of Baking is where it's at.
Happy Baking and check back again tomorrow for something else on the Halloween "Inspired" track.
Double Chocolate Cupcakes
Makes 12 / Prep time: 20 minutes / Bake time: 15 - 18 minutes
For the cupcakes:
1/2 Cup/50 grams cocoa powder
1 Cup/240 ml boiling water
1 1/3 Cups/175 grams flour
2 Teaspoons baking powder
1/4 Teaspoon salt
1/2 Cup/110 grams butter
1 Cup/200 grams sugar
2 Teaspoons vanilla extract
For the frosting:
4 Ounces/120 grams unsweetened chocolate, roughly chopped
2/3 Cup/150 grams butter
1 1/3 Cups/160 grams powdered sugar, sifted
1 1/2 Teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line with paper liners 12 muffins cups. Set aside.
Combine the boiling water and cocoa powder in a small bowl. Stir to dissolve and leave to cool to room temperate.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat the butter on high for just a minute. Add all the sugar and beat on high until it's pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract.
Add the flour to the batter and mix until just combined, about a minute.
Pour in the chocolate mixture and mix until combined. Again, just for about a minute.
Evenly pour batter into prepared muffins tins and bake for about 15-18 minutes or when a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely.
Make the icing by placing the chopped chocolate in a double boiler set over simmering water. Stir until the chocolate melts and remove from heat.
In a medium bowl, beat the butter on high until smooth. Sift in the powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Beat in vanilla extract. Pour in the cooled chocolate and beat on medium speed until combined. Turn speed to high and mix for a further 2 minutes or so until the frosting is a little glossy.
Put the icing in a piping bag and pipe it on the top of each cupcake as desired. You could also use a small knife or spatula to spread the icing over the top. Finish off the cupcakes with a Halloween decoration of your choice.
Will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for about 3 days.
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