These mini Halloween cupcakes by Cookie & Cups are such a fun and naughty Halloween recipe to make with your little ones. The perfect size to hand out to any passing trick or treaters!
(makes 48 mini cupcakes)
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 Tbs cocoa
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cups oil
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 Tbs vinegar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 2 Tbs (1 oz) red food coloring
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Line your mini muffin pans with cupcake liners.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, salt and baking soda.
- In a large bowl, whisk together egg, oil, buttermilk, vinegar, vanilla and red food coloring. Slowly add in dry ingredients and whisk until just incorporated. Fill liners about half full. Bake cupcakes for approximately 9 minutes, or until they have just set. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes before moving them to a drying rack to cool completely.
Frosting – Vanilla Buttercream Cupcakes
- 1 1/2 cups room temp salted butter (3 sticks)
- 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
- 7-8 cups sifted powdered sugar (2 lb)
- 1/2 cup milk
How to Make:
- Cream butter and shortening together until smooth, approx 3 minutes using a paddle attachment.
- Slowly add sugar, once all added crank up the speed on mixer to med-high and whip it up for approx 1 min.
- Add milk, depending on your liking: stiffer~ less milk, creamier ~ more. If you add too much just sift in a little more sugar.
- Only add vanilla extract if you’re colouring the frosting, otherwise, it is just as tasty without and the extract tends to make it a little tan, unless you use clear vanilla. This will frost 24 cupcakes (piped on) or cover 9″ round cake.
- Take out one cup of the frosting and save that for later. Then divide the remaining frosting in half.
- Colour half yellow and half orange.
- Then using a piping bag, put approximately 1 cup of the yellow on one side of the bag and the same amount of orange on the other.
- I used a Wilton Decorating 1m tip on my bag.
- You’ll need to refill the piping bag when you run out, and just do it the same way as the first time. Avoid overfilling the piping bags.
- Pipe the frosting on the cupcake, just a quick swirl.
- With the reserved frosting, go ahead and colour that green.
- I filled another piping bag with the green and attached a Wilton Round 12 Decorating Tip, but any medium round tip will be fine!
- Next grab some mini peanut butter cups and pipe on some frosting like this, to look like bubbly witches brew!
- To make a little “spoon” for the cauldrons I grabbed some black candy melts and melted them in a zip-top bag.
- I cut off a tiny corner and piped lines onto a piece of parchment paper (you could also just use melted chocolate). You could easily use black liquorice for this too.
- As soon as they set up I broke them into small pieces and placed it in the green frosting…
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