HALLOWEEN CUPCAKES with Dark Chocolate

I am wishing everyone a spooky Halloween night. With these dark chocolate cupcakes, I am prepared for “Trick or Treat”  – Hopefully this spooky treat will bring a smile to some children`s eyes.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!   

Ingredients (Servings: 18)   

  • 3/4 cup natural cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 3/4 cups (280g) flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 12 tbsp. (185 g) butter
  • 250 g sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

halloween-bakingInstructions

Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). In a bowl, whisk the cocoa powder into the boiling water. When it has cooled to lukewarm, add the buttermilk. In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda & salt.

Beat together the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well and finally add the vanilla extract. Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the cocoa mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. The consistency of the dough should be pretty liquid (don`t add additional flour).

Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups, filling each almost full. Bake for about 15-20 minutes until the cupcakes are puffed, a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake should come out clean. Let the cupcakes completely cool and use a knife to spread the cream cheese frosting on top of the muffins. Get creative with the Halloween decoration, using Oreo Cookies, candies and icing.

Happy Halloween!