Monday, October 21, 2013

Boo! Chocolate Cupcakes with Creepy, Cute Decorations

When it comes to Halloween, I like cute decorations as opposed to creepy and scaary.  I have never liked scary movies, books, or haunted houses.  It's just the way that I am wired.  So when it comes to Halloween cupcakes, cute it is for me.  I know that there are others, who embrace the dark side, and that's fine for them. If you want to see really frightful treats go to see, if you are really brave.  I know, I'm a wus, and I startle easily.

Back in the day, I had taken my kids to the the Batman movie, and we got a shopping bag size popcorn.  I was the one holding the popcorn, and when the music got louder, you guessed it the gigantic bag of popcorn went up in the air, and all over the floor.  I was so embarrassed.

These are my "frightful" decorations. The cupcake wrappers, pics, and bones are from Gina, to make sure that I have a Happy Halloween. I made Chocolate cupcakes, and Chocolate Butter Cream frosting to complete the picture. Boo! Are you afraid?? 

Chocolate Cupcakes Adapted from Joy Of Baking

1/2 cup (50 grams) Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1 cup (240 ml) boiling hot water
1 1/3 cups (175 grams) AP flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter room temperature
1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

 Pre heat oven to 375 degrees F). Lightly butter, or line 16 muffin cups with paper liners.
In a small bowl mix the boiling hot water and the cocoa powder, until smooth Let cool to room temperature.

In another bowl, whisk together the flour baking powder, and salt. 

Then in the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in the vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture and beat only until incorporated. Then add the cooled cocoa mixture and stir until smooth.

Fill each muffin cup about two-thirds full with batter and bake for about 16-20 minutes or until springy to the touch, and a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean.  Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. 

Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting.

1 stick butter, room temperature
1/2 cocoa
4 c. confectioner's sugar
1/4 c. milk, more or less

1. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy
2. Add cocoa and 1c. sugar to butter mixture and beat until incorporated
3. Add half of the milk and remainder of sugar and beat until incorporated.
4. Continue to add milk until you get desired consistency


  1. I'm afraid! I think these look cute, not too frightful. One year I put up my decorations and walked by them one night with the lights off and kind of forgot they were there and well let's just say I had to make an emergency sprint for the bathroom. He he. I like cute decs too, now that the kids are older they want scary. Wish I had one of those yummy cupcakes for breakfast. I hope you had a great weekend. Can you believe I still haven't started on my costume and I'm starting to stress over it.

    1. Gina,
      You better get going on your costume. I can't wait to see a picture of you in it;)

      Scott will tell you that I get startled at the least noise, so scary isn't for me.
      I had fun making these "creepy" cupcakes.

      Have a great week!

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks, Kayle! You can't go wrong with chocolate!

  3. Becky, they're clever cool fun cupcakes. And delicious too, for sure! Too funny with the movie, I can totally relate to your reactions.

    1. Pam,
      These are cute and a little reepy, but they would be perfect for children.

  4. Beautifully spooky cupcakes Becky! sinfully delicious
    mary x

    1. Mary,
      these cupcakes are a little on the spooky side, and delicious, too.

  5. Hi Becky, love your spooky cupcakes, look cute and awesome. Love the chocolatey frosting.

    Have a nice week ahead.

    1. Amelia,
      Thank you! Glad that you like the cupcakes. especially the chocolaty frosting.

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