31 October 2010

Halloween Cupcakes

This is the first year I have actually made anything for Halloween.  My 4 year old got really excited about Halloween for the first time this year.  Even though Halloween isn't big here in Australia yet, children are starting to get into the holiday.  Deanna dressed up as witch tonight when we went over to my parents place for our weekly Sunday night dinner. 

So here it is, my Halloween cupcakes.  It's chocolate cupcakes with body parts and marshmallow ghosts.  It was Deanna's idea to make these, so she helped me decorate them.

  • 100g good quality dark cooking chocolate, chopped
  • 100ml milk
  • 30g (1/4 cup) cocoa powder, sifted
  • 100g butter, at room temperature, cubed
  • 115g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 150g (1 cup) self-raising flour, sifted
  • * Chocolate glaze *
  • 210g (1 1/3 cups) pure icing sugar
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder
  • 2 tbs boiling water

  1. Preheat oven to 180c. Line 12 medium (80ml / 1/3cup) muffin pans with large paper cases or use non-stick muffin pans.
  2. Place the chocolate, milk and cocoa in a medium heavy-based saucepan. Whisk constantly over low heat for 3-4 minutes or until smooth. Remove from the heat and set aside until the mixture is lukewarm.
  3. Meanwhile, use electric beaters to beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl until pale and creamy. Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating after each addition until well combined.
  4. Add the chocolate mixture to the butter mixture and mix well. Use a metal spoon to fold in the flour, in 2 batches, until well combined.
  5. Half fill each muffin pan with the mixture. Bake in preheated oven for 18-20 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centres of the cupcakes comes out clean. Cool the cupcakes in the pans.
  6. Meanwhile, to make the chocolate glaze, sift the icing sugar and cocoa into a medium heatproof bowl or the top of a double saucepan. Add the water and mix to a firm paste. Place over a saucepan of simmering water (make sure the bowl doesn't touch the water) and stir for 2-3 minutes or until warm and runny.
  7. Remove the cakes from the pans and use a small pallet knife to spread the warm glaze over the top of each. Set aside for 15minutes for the glaze to set before serving.
  8. Decorate with gummy body parts and marshmallow ghosts.

Bon Appetite,


/* */ msihua said...

Oooh... those little touches of organs and body parts are the real "icing" on the cake *ahem*.. well done!

/* */ A cupcake or two said...

Cool cupcakes Cherrie. I think Halloween is starting to get a little more popular here in Australia. I remember years ago, they didn't have decorations. Its a fun little holidays, and its really the only time kids can go and gorge themselves of yummy treats. ehehehe

/* */ penny aka jeroxie said...

So many good ideas this year... Im stealing them all for next year!

/* */ cusinera said...

Beautiful cupcakes...love the toppings=) I'm really glad that Australia is catching up with the Halloween festivities=) My kids adore dressing up for Halloween (our 3rd year now) and we just had our first party this year...can't wait for next year;)

/* */ Celeste @ Berrytravels said...

I think in a few years, halloween is going to be big in Australia! I just started celebrating it this year as well.

Love the toppers - the eyes espeically!

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