How To Make Apple Shaped Cupcakes

How To Make Apple Shaped Cupcakes? Apple season is here! This means that it’s time to whip up a batch of apple shaped cupcakes. These cupcakes are perfect for school parties, thanksgiving dinner, or just as an after-dinner treat.

How To Make Apple Shaped Cupcakes

How do you like your cupcakes? How about apple shaped ones? If you are looking for an easy and fun recipe to make with the kids, look no further. This is a really simple recipe that will yield delicious results!

Why are apples linked to fall?

Apples are more than just a delicious fruit. They’re symbolic of the harvest season and a time to share our gratitude for all that we have in life with family and friends.

Apple pies, apple cider, apple crisps….apple everything!

On our main site, we have done recipes like Apple Pie Rolls That are Totally Brunch Worthy, Apple Pepper Jelly Made in the Instant Pot that is amazing poured over cream cheese as an appetizer or used to add a little zip to that ham or turkey sandwich. Beyond Easy Instant Pot Apple Butter is a classic for that fresh-baked bread, and the Apple Fritter Pull-Apart Bread will make you roll your eyes back up into your head when you take that first bite.

Of course, we can’t forget the classic staple: our Rustic Apple Pie Recipe. This screams “comfort food of fall” and is best served with french vanilla ice cream. The real kind that has the little black specks of vanilla bean in it – not the generic store brand poor cousin that is bargain prices. Even better? Cinnamon ice cream. Ahhh…I can taste it now.

Let’s talk a bit about Johnny Appleseed …

You can tie these apple shaped cupcakes into a lesson plan for the kids on Johnny Appleseed! Johnny Appleseed was a real person, born in 1774. His given name was John Chapman. He became known as “Johnny Appleseed” because he planted apple trees everywhere on his travels. He died at the age of 80 years old and his gravesite is located in Fort Wayne, Indiana – who to this day celebrates him with the Johnny Appleseed Festival.

What did Johnny do?

Johnny Appleseed planted apple trees He wanted to make sure the land was ready for people and animals and believed that apples would help lay the way for them.

What kind of apples did he plant?

Johnny Appleseed planted apple trees of many different types. He would plant the seeds and then cover them with dirt or moss to keep out weeds.

Did he just hand-plant these apples?

No, Johnny went all around Ohio planting apple trees – usually by throwing the seeds from his pockets into a hole in the earth – about six inches deep!

He’s become a part of Disney history with this video clip and song – which a lot of churches use with their children’s ministry. Do you think he could envision still being thought of almost 250 years after he was born? What a crazy notion, right?

What did John Chapman do for money?

He made some extra cash selling nursery stock and cidering supplies too. How cool is that?!

Fun Facts: Did you know that there are still over 300 varieties of apples grown in America today thanks to Johnny Appleseed’s efforts? And it wasn’t until 1893 when someone discovered how to get the juice out of them for that fun fall ritual, apple cider!

Now – let’s get back to that cupcake recipe….

How do you store Apple Shaped Cupcakes?

Here is the thing – with the more futzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get-together. The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature.

Granted, they aren’t going to be around that long – my family of three could easily take them out in two to three days. If you are using canned frosting instead of buttercream frosting or fondant, they should be fine for five to six days…but the pretzel stick will get soggy. You can learn more about that in our article How To Frost A Cupcake.

Apple Cupcake Recipe

You can make your cupcake bases as you see fit. I love to use my Best Yellow Cupcake Recipe from Scratch recipe but you could use a boxed cake mix too. They are on sale all the time, always just a buck at your local Dollar Tree store, and super easy to dress up so no one knows you used a boxed mix.

I often keep cupcake bases in my freezer for those times I want to whip up something fun and whimsical – like these Apple Shaped cupcakes or even my Oreo cupcakes.

Apple Shaped Cupcake Ingredients

Apple Shaped Cupcake Ingredients
  • Yellow cupcakes – already and cooled to room temperature
  • Red and green frosting – either homemade or store bought
  • Pretzel sticks

That’s it!

I promise, I will make the next ones a little more challenging for you…

How to make apple shaped cupcakes

Bake cupcakes per recipe and cool completely.

How to make apple shaped cupcakes

Pipe green frosting with Wilton 233 tip to create grass around the outside of the cupcake. This is the same tip I use to make grass or hair on any cupcake.

Pipe red frosting with Wilton 1A tip in a wide round circle in the middle of the cupcake to create the apple.

How to make apple shaped cupcakes

Place a pretzel stick in the center of the apple

Pipe green frosting with Wilton tip 73 to create leaves next to the stem

How to make apple shaped cupcakes

Don’t they look yummy! Perfect for Teacher Appreciation Week!

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How to Make the Best Candy Corn Cupcakes

It is that time of year – the candy corn season! Did you know, however, that it is also the best time to make candy corn cupcakes?

How to Make the Best Candy Corn Cupcakes

Candy corn is one of those nostalgic treats that never go out of style. It’s a classic Halloween candy, and an excellent way to celebrate the season. If you want to make this yummy treat into something delicious to enjoy any time of year, then try these cupcakes!

How to Make the Best Candy Corn Cupcakes

Whether you use a boxed mix or our from-scratch recipe – these candy corn cupcakes are pretty easy to make and impressive to look at with the classic three-colored tradition to be shown off.

The history of candy corn

It is a little fuzzy, but no matter how it came to be – there is something special about this candy that always makes people smile.

It was first invented in the 1880s by a Wunderle Candy Company employee, George Renninger. Wunderle Candy Company was the first to produce the candy in 1888.

Back then, it was originally billed as “chicken feed” instead of “candy corn” but relied heavily on the traditional fall harvest colors of orange and gold.

The company started selling them in bags or boxes like they are now – but originally it was just sold by weight.

Candy corn developed into a fall and Halloween staple around the 1950s when people began to hand out individually wrapped candy to trick-or-treaters. The harvest-themed colors and increased advertising in the month of October also helped candy corn become the fall staple that it is today.

How do you store Candy Corn Cupcakes?

Here is the thing – with the more futzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get-together. I will make bases like these in the recipe below and then freeze them until I am ready to make them for an event. I just pull them out the night before so they are totally at room temperature when I assemble them.

The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature. Granted, they aren’t going to be around that long – but you should be good for 6-8 days tops, as these are simply just frosted cupcakes.

How to make white cupcake batter

The ingredients you will need:

  • 1/2 C unsalted butter, room temp
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 C flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 baking soda
  • 3/4 C buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 C sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Sift flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda together in a bowl.
  • Beat butter on high for 30 seconds.
  • Add sugar and vanilla extract to the butter until well combined.
  • Add egg whites, one at a time, mixing after each.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each.
  • Add 1/3 C  flour mixture to the wet mixture followed by adding 1/3  C of the buttermilk; add 1/3 C flour mixture again then add 1/3 C  buttermilk mix on low speed, add 1/3 C of flour and add the rest of 1/3 C of buttermilk mix in low speed until thoroughly blended.

Now, if you would rather use a boxed cake mix, you can do that. You can use a boxed mix for your cupcake base or make them from scratch with the above recipe. Boxed mixes are on sale all the time for roughly a buck or you can simply hit your local Dollar Tree to grab a cake mix.

We like our white cake recipe from scratch and used it. Either way, you need to make you divide your batter evenly between three bowls so you can add the coloring.

How to Make the Best Candy Corn Cupcakes

How to Make the Best Candy Corn Cupcakes

Other Candy Corn Cupcakes Ingredients:

  • Yellow and Red food coloring
  • White frosting
  • Sprinkles of your choice – and candy corn

How to make candy corn cupcakes:

Take your 3 bowls of white cake batter…you will leave one white. On the second one add 6 drops of yellow food coloring to make the yellow layer of the cupcakes. In the third bowl add 3 drops of yellow and 3 drops of red food coloring for the orange cake mix.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and line your cupcake pan with cupcake liners. You are going to fill the liners with the cake batter in layers.

Fill cake liners starting with yellow batter, then orange, then white

Bake for 18-22 minutes, until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean. Let them cool completely before you go on to decorating them.

You can make buttercream frosting or buy a tub of white frosting – either way, divide the frosting into 3 different bowls, like you did the cake mix.

Leave one white. Add 6 drops of yellow food coloring for yellow and stir it in well. Then, add 3 drops of yellow and 3 drops of red for orange frosting, blending it in well.

Fill 3 separate piping bags with each color and frost your candy corn cupcakes by piping a layer of yellow frosting first,

How to make candy corn cupcakes:

then orange frosting,

and then finally the white.

How to make candy corn cupcakes:
As you can see, I love to add sprinkles of matching color on each layer as I frost them.

You can also frost them this way with yellow…

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and orange…

How to make candy corn cupcakes:

and white…

Which way do you like better?

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How to Make Witch Hat Cupcakes the Easy Way

How to make witch hat cupcakes? Making witch hat cupcakes is a fun way to get in the Halloween spirit! These mini cakes are easy enough for kids to make and they’re also delicious.

How to Make Witch Hat Cupcakes the Easy Way

Making witch hat cupcakes for Halloween is surprisingly easy. You don’t need to be a pastry chef or have any fancy kitchen tools to make these fun and festive treats, just a little bit of time! Check out this recipe for how to make witch hat cupcakes with step-by-step instructions and pictures.

Halloween Witch Hat Cupcakes

The witch is certainly a powerful and popular figure, and the witch has appeared and reappeared in myths, cultural stories, legends, and literature through the ages.

In fact, in almost every culture, in almost every period, you can find a witch-like figure. There is Lilith, a female witch-demon who appears in Jewish folklore, as well as Iranian, Christian, Greek, Mexican, and Arab literature.

In recent years, there are the young wizards and witches of J.K. Rowlings beloved Harry Potter series. It is rare indeed to go an entire Halloween night and not see a few dozen Harry Potter Halloween costumes.

So which witch do you want to be for your Halloween costume? Do you want to be a spooky witch, a green-faced witch, or even a good witch? Below I’ve given a brief explanation of three popular witch figures and legends, as well as some suggestions on how to make a great witch Halloween costume.

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I’ll Get You, My Pretty!

Often, the first witch people think of is the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz, with her flowing black robes, pointed black hat, buckle shoes, warty nose, and emerald green skin. Add in a good cackle, maybe even a flying evil monkey and you’ve got a great Halloween costume.

It’s also a good Halloween costume to make at the last minute. You just need some black clothing, green face paint, a household broom, and some brown or black makeup. If you can scrounge up a black hat, you’ll surely be instantly recognized as a witch. Many Halloween costume shops sell or rent out witch costumes, which is often cheaper and less time-intensive than buying all your items individually.

Double, Double Toil and Trouble.

For those Shakespeare buffs out there, why not find two good friends and go as the three witches from William Shakespeare’s Macbeth? Actually, if you have a group of four friends, have one of you dress up as Hecate, the powerful and historic witch of the night.

As Shakespeare does not provide too much detail about the witches’ costumes, you and your friends can let your imagination decide what your Halloween costumes will look like. You could even rent one of the many versions of Macbeth (Scotland, PA is a particularly odd one), and see how other people have imagined the witches.

This Halloween costume gives you a great excuse to dress up as a spooky, dark witch and memorize some beautifully creepy Shakespearean witch lines like Fair is foul, and foul is fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air.

how to make witch hat cupcakes

I Saw Sarah Good with the Devil! I Saw Goody Osburn with the Devil!

My last suggestion for a witch Halloween costume is to do a little research about the Salem Witch Trials and Arthur Millers The Crucible. Most people encountered The Crucible in high school classes.

It is a play detailing a witch-hunt that occurs in a Puritan community. This sounds like an odd lead-in to Halloween costume advice, but Millers’ tale about people accusing others of witchcraft and dancing with the devil in the forest provides a lot of fun possibilities for Halloween costumes.

Like the Macbeth witches, this could be a great group Halloween costume idea. Have some bewitched Puritans, have some religious folk, and maybe even a witch or a devil.

how to make witch hat cupcakes

Witch Hat Cupcakes Recipe

You can make your cupcake bases as you see fit. I love to use my chocolate cupcake recipe but you could use a boxed cake mix too. They are on sale all the time, always just a buck at your local Dollar Tree store, and super easy to dress up so no one knows you used a boxed mix.

I often keep cupcake bases in my freezer for those times I want to whip up something fun and whimsical – like these witch hat cupcakes or even my Oreo cupcakes.

How do you store The Best Little Shop of Horror Witch Hat Cupcakes?

Here is the thing – with the more futzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get-together. The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature. Granted, they aren’t going to be around that long – my family of three could easily take them out in two to three days. Since you are using canned frosting instead of buttercream frosting or fondant, they should be fine for five to six days. You can learn more about that in our article How To Frost A Cupcake.

Witch Hat Cupcake Ingredients

Witch Hat Cupcake Ingredients

So, you will need sugar cones for the With Hat Cupcake Toppers. It can be found at your local grocery store- I was lucky to score them at Kroger but they always have a 12-count box at your local Dollar Tree store.

For Witch Hat Cupcakes you will need:

  • Chocolate cupcakes, cooled are ready to decorate.
  • Sugar ice cream cones, 1 for each cupcake
  • Any round, flat cookie, 1 for each cupcake
  • Green and purple frosting
  • Sprinkles – again, you can get these at the Dollar Tree.
  • 10-12 oz chocolate
  • 1-2 tablespoons of vegetable shortening

Witch Hat Cupcake Toppers

The first thing you will want to do is to make the witch hat cupcake toppers. They need a little time to set up before you fully assemble your Halloween Witch Hat Cupcake creations.

Melt chocolate and shortening together to make the chocolate thin enough for dipping the cookies and cones.

how to make witch hat cupcake toppers

Dip cookies and cones in chocolate and set aside or place in refrigerator to set

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How to Make Witch Hat Cupcakes

Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes, alternating colors as you wish

how to make witch hat cupcakes

Pipe a line of frosting around the opening of the cone and place it in the center of the cookie to create the witch hat.

how to make witch hat cupcakes

Pipe frosting all the way around where the cookie and cone meet and pour on sprinkles to create a hatband.

how to make witch hat cupcakes

Place the hat on top of cupcake.

how to make witch hat cupcakes

Pipe a thin square shaped buckle in the center front of the hat band.

how to make witch hat cupcakes

Your witch hat cupcakes are ready to entertain your spooky guests with!

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How to Make the Best Apple Pie Cupcakes

Apple season is in full effect, and what better way to enjoy the fresh fruit of the moment than by baking? If you are like me and love the classic American apple pie but find the task of making the perfect pie crust tedious, then or Easy Apple Pie Cupcakes may just be your solution!

How to Make the Best Apple Pie Cupcakes

This recipe is easy and will take no time at all to whip up. Plus, there are so many ways you can dress them up with different toppings that everyone will be sure to find their favorite flavor.

How to Make the Best Apple Pie Cupcakes

The apples for this recipe should be tart and crisp. I recommend Granny Smith or Jonathan Apples, but feel free to use whichever you like best!

Pick your own apples!

Picking apples with your kids gives them the opportunity to see firsthand where their food comes from. They get a sense of excitement and accomplishment when they find a perfect, ripe apple on our walk through the orchard.

Apple Pie Cupcakes

I learned the 3 simple steps to plucking an apple off a tree from an old farmer:

  1. Gently lift the apple up to you -so it is horizontal from the branch
  2. Twist it three times on the stem
  3. Give it a gentle tug

It should come off in your hand and you never damage either the apple or the tree.

Most apple orchards also have fun things like pumpkin spice or apple cider donuts – make sure you take the time to indulge in their wares.

Apple Pie Cupcakes with apple pie filling

Just like any of our cupcake recipes, you can make the cupcake bases in advance. I actually have some chocolate cupcakes in my freezer right now for Labor Day. Generally, the rule of thumb is that if you plan to frost and enjoy them within a couple of days you should be storing your cupcakes at room temperature.

If you do not plan to frost or enjoy them within a couple of days then it’s best to freeze them. You can learn more about Batch Baking During the Winter Months in my other post if you want to, but batch baking and freezing are some of my trade secrets. Rarely would I pop them in the fridge – the constantly circulating air dries them out too much.

This should go without being said – do NOT cut them open and stuff with apple pie filling before freezing them. Just the plain cupcake bases.

How do you store Best Apple Pie Cupcakes

How do you store Best Apple Pie Cupcakes?

Here is the thing – with the more futzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get-together. The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature.

Between the buttercream frosting and apple pie filling, they should be fine for five to six days. They will tend to get soggier as time goes by. You can learn more about that in our article How To Frost A Cupcake.

Easy Apple Pie Filled Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting

You can use a boxed yellow cake mix to whip up your cupcake bases or use our recipe to make them from scratch. Best Yellow Cupcake Recipe from Scratch

Apple Pie Cupcakes Ingredients:

After you have the cupcake bases taken care of, you need to make the filling and also the frosting before you assemble them.

Apple Pie Cupcakes Ingredients

Apple Pie Cupcakes Filling Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 medium green apples, peeled and diced small
  • ¾ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water

Apple Pie Cupcake Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1½ teaspoons cinnamon

How to Make Apple Pie Cupcakes

Bake cupcakes per recipe, let them cool completely.

Spoon out an opening in the center of each cupcake.

Make your apple pie cupcake filling:

In a skillet over medium heat cook butter, apples, and brown sugar for 10-12 minutes.

Apple Pie Cupcakes with buttercream frosting

Mix cornstarch and water until fully combined and then stir it into the apple mixture.

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Boil until thick, remove from heat and allow to cool fully.

Spoon filling into the middle of each cupcake.

Apple Pie stuffed Cupcakes

Apple Pie Cupcakes Frosting

Apple Pie Cupcakes with box cake mix

Mix butter, powdered sugar, heavy cream, vanilla, and cinnamon until light and fluffy.

Apple Pie spiced Cupcakes

Place it in your piping bag with a star tip and frost each cupcake.

Apple Pie Cupcakes yellow cake mix

I like to garnish them with a little fresh sliced apple – just to give them a little pop of color and crunch.

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Apple Pie Cupcakes yellow cake mix

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Apple Pie Cupcakes

How to Make Magical Halloween Unicorn Cupcakes

It’s that time of year again! The leaves are changing, the air is getting crisper- and you know what that means: it’s Halloween season. This recipe for Magical Halloween Unicorn Cupcakes will be sure to delight your guests this holiday season.

How to Make Magical Halloween Unicorn Cupcakes

This recipe is not only for unicorn lovers but for anyone who wants to make a magical dessert! These cupcakes are surprisingly easy to make and the hardest part might be waiting for the cupcakes to cool before you can decorate them with your favorite colors!

Magical Halloween Unicorn Cupcakes

The Halloween season kicks off with October 31st being All Hallow’s Eve which means “the eve of all saints.” This was also known as Samhain in Celtic culture. The night before this day marked the beginning of winter (a time where many crops died.)

It became connected to ghosts and spirits since people would go door-to-door looking for treats while wearing masks like mischievous goblins on November first!

Halloween Unicorn Cupcakes

So they were honoring their ancestors who had passed away during the previous year by giving them food offerings from their harvest so they could take care of them in the next world.

Basically, Halloween is all about things we can’t see or understand.

Why are unicorns so popular?

The unicorn is a symbol of purity and it’s easy to see why they’ve been used for centuries in religious iconography as symbols of Christ, mainly because the single horn on their foreheads.

In medieval European legend, unicorns are said to have healing powers if you can kill them but this story has its roots back in Indian mythology where people believe that only virgins could capture these spirits!

Yes, I use a boxed mix to whip up these treats, but you can make our vanilla cupcake from scratch recipe follow along too.

Magical Halloween Unicorn Cupcakes

We use a traditional Halloween candy as an inspiration for the cupcake base – the candy corn.

Halloween Unicorn Cupcakes

History of candy corn

Candy corn is a popular Halloween treat consumed by children and adults alike, but the history of this sweet confection goes back to when it was created in the 1800s.

Candy Corn History: The original recipe for these candies consisted primarily of sugar, corn syrup, butter, or coconut oil along with vanilla extract and food coloring.

They were then shaped into crescent-shaped pieces that resembled Indian war clubs called “maces” (the shape resembles teeth marks). These sugary treats became an instant sensation because they looked similar to real ears of corn that had just been harvested from fields nearby.

The colors alone scream fall harvest and make for a fun pallet to work with.

Candy Corn Cupcakes Ingredients

white cupcake liners

Vanilla Frosting

  • 1 1/2 C unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 3 C powder sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-5 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • purple, orange, and green gel food coloring

You will also need:

  • 1 disposable piping bag fitted with a #22 tip
  • 1 large piping bag fitted with a large star frosting tip
  • Wilton Candy Corn Unicorn cupcake decorations (Found at Walmart in the Halloween department)
How to Make Magical Halloween Unicorn Cupcakes

How to Make Halloween Unicorn Cupcakes

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and place cupcake liners into the cupcake pans. Follow the directions on the back of the box to make the cupcake batter. Divide the batter evenly into 3 bowls. In one bowl, mix in a few drops of the orange gel food coloring, in the second bowl, mix in a few drops of the yellow gel food coloring and leave the third bowl color-free (white).

How to Make Magical Halloween Unicorn Cupcakes

Using a spoon, scoop some orange cake batter into the cupcake liners, enough to cover the bottom.

How to Make Magical Halloween Unicorn Cupcakes

Scoop some yellow cake batter on top of the orange batter. Then scoop some white cake batter on top of the yellow layer.

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove from over and let set in the pans for 5 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack.

Frosting directions

Using a standing mixer, beat together all ingredients except the food coloring, beating together until creamy and smooth and stiff peaks form.

Scoop 2 C of frosting into the large piping bag

Divide the rest of the frosting into three different bowls. Mix in one color each into each bowl; purple, orange, and green.

Scoop the purple frosting into one side of the disposable piping bag, scoop the orange frosting into another side of the disposable piping bag, and then scoop the green frosting into the last side of the disposable piping bag.

Some people find that confusing and like the saran wrap tick. Just check out this video –

The cling wrap tip is about five minutes into the video – but she shares a lot of fun other tips too!

Frost the cooled cupcakes with the white frosting

Place the horn into the middle of the frosting

Place ears on either side of the horn

Place the “Eyes” below the horn, and then, using the colorful frosting, pipe the unicorn mane around the top and along the side.

How to Make Magical Halloween Unicorn Cupcakes

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How to Make Spider Web Cupcakes

These spider web cupcakes are a must for Halloween! You can make them with any flavor of cake and frosting to match. They’re perfect as an individual treat or in a batch as part of your Halloween party spread.

The Most Delicious Spider Web Cupcakes Recipe

Now here is the thing – these are DIFFERENT from a lot of the spider web cucpakes out there in recipe land. It is all in the cupcake topper and cute candy spider that we make to keep it company.

Why spider web cupcakes?

First of all, they’re perfect for Halloween – that is just a given, right? You can make them with any flavor of cake and frosting to match. We love two combos here: Chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream and yellow cupcakes with chocolate frosting. We chose the former for this recipe.

Now, you can make these ANY time of the year, especially if you want to dig a little more into spiders. After all, they say you are never more than 6 feet away from a spider, at all times!

They really are fascinating little critters.

Fairytale Inspired Spiderweb Cupcakes

I am not exactly thinking about Little Miss Muffet but more like how these would make for such a great treat to have when reading even Charlotte’s Web to the kids.

It would also make for a great addition to any unit study on spiders – like these that I found:

Have the kids help you with this too – they can make the cupcakes, make the spiders, assemble the cupcakes — even try their hand at the webs!

Kids learn SO MUCH in the kitchen! Just check out this article that tells you more on that: 7 Ways Kids Learn From Cooking

Spider Web Cupcake Topper

These are pretty simple to make – the details are all in the topper. It takes a little bit of time but really makes the difference. They will totally stand out over the spider web cupcakes where the webs are simply etched into the frosting.

You are going to need to print off my spider web template for these.

Chocolate Spider Webs ingredients

  • 1 C of Ghirardelli melting chocolate chips
  • 1 disposable piping bag
  • 1 cookie sheet
  • 1 sheet of either waxed paper or parchment paper

How to make chocolate spider webs

Put my template under a sheet of either waxed paper or parchment paper. Melt chocolate until smooth. Pour melted chocolate into the piping bag. Cut the tip of the piping bag. Pipe out a line and trace the web designs on the template. Place into the fridge overnight.

Fondant candy spiders

NOW, it is time to make the spiders! The candy spiders are optional but they look so cute on top!

Can you make your own fondant? Absolutely!

With only 4-5 ingredients, and in about 15 minutes, you can make a great version that is easier to work with than what you buy at the store.

Making homemade fondant with marshmallows is easy — so easy, in fact, you can do it in the microwave with just four ingredients!

You will need:

How to make candy spiders

Pinch off different sizes of fondant balls. Make sure they are no bigger than 1/4 tsp and 1/2 tsp in size. Roll that fondant into balls. Dip your finger lightly into the water and rub your finger onto the backside of the small ball. That is going to act like “glue” and connect them when you place the larger ball to connect it to the small one.

Place your little spiders onto a cookie sheet, making sure they are still connected. The water will continue to act as glue while the fondant dries overnight.

Repeat steps to make 11 more spider bodies.

Chocolate Spider Web Cupcake Recipe

Yes, you can make these chocolate cupcakes from scratch – and do only a small batch. You could use any boxed mix instead, should you so choose to, like I did. Even the frosting colors and flavor can be altered, but I suggest sticking with a light color to make your chocolate webs and cute candy spiders really stick out.

How small a batch does this cupcake recipe make? This recipe will make 12 Spider Web Cupcakes – that are ready to decorate as soon as they are cool.

Spider Web Cupcake Ingredients

Directions

Just so you know – you are NOT going to follow the instructions on the back of the box. We are tweaking that boxed cake mix to make it yummi-fied.

Preheat oven to 350. Line cupcake pan with the black cupcake liners.

In a medium bowl, add the cake mix, butter, milk, and vanilla extract and stir until combined. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 of the way full. Bake in the oven for about 21 minutes. Pull out the cupcakes and allow them to cool before frosting.

Simple Buttercream Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 C unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 C powder sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3-5 TBSP heavy whipping cream
  • 1 disposable piping bag with a star tip

How to make frosting

Using a stand mixer, combine all ingredients and mix on medium speed. Mix until you see stiffed peaks in your frosting. Mix in a few drops of the green food coloring and continue to mix until fully combined. Scoop frosting into piping bag. Frost cooled cupcakes.

Spider Web Cupcakes Decorating Directions:

Frost the cooled cupcakes by piping it onto the top of the cooled chocolate cupcake bases. Carefully peel the chocolate web off of the parchment or waxed paper and place into the frosting.

Place a spider body in front of the web. Using the icing, pipe out legs. Allow icing to harden for 10 minutes

Just look at them! Aren’t they just so stinkin’ cute?

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28 of the Best Boozy Margarita Cupcakes and More!

Boozy Margarita Cupcakes and more? The booze-infused cupcakes are a great creation albeit they are only for adults due to the content. The liquored desserts are extremely popular these days and we have crafted an amazing collection of boozy cupcakes for you along with the most frequently asked Boozy Cupcakes questions.

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28 Boozy Cupcakes to Spice Up Your Celebration

While I have an incredible collection of boozy margarita cupcakes and more for you, it can be confusing for people. Some call them boozy cupcakes while the terms “cocktail cupcakes” and “drunken cupcakes” seem to be the occasional substitution. Whichever term you use, these are alcohol-infused cupcakes that we are talking about, not boozy cupcakes with pipettes.

When talking about cupcakes with pipettes, it is a plain ol’ alcohol-free cupcake that has all the booze in the pipette. Just before ripping into that cupcake, squeeze the contents of the pipette into the cupcake.

Do boozy cupcakes get you drunk?

They could. There are several factors here to consider. First of all, after baking cupcakes with booze in them for 30 minutes, roughly 30-40% of the booze content has NOT baked out. If you overindulge, you could get tipsy! People like me, who have had gastric bypass surgery, gets tipsy after just one or two sips of wine. 1-2 cupcakes could make us legally drunk! So, for all of those people who want to know “Does alcohol bake out of cupcakes?” the answer is both yes, and no. MOST of it will bake out.

One other thing to consider: what proof is your alcohol? The higher the alcohol content of your choice of mix-in could result in a higher-proof finished product.

Can you replace water with alcohol in cake mix?

Yes. Do not replace ALL of the water with the booze – I suggest only using 1/2 a cup of booze for a boxed cake mix. It the cake mix calls for 1.5 cups of water, use 1 cup of water and half a cup of the booze. Since over half of the alcohol/booze bakes out, you will have a drier cupcake if you substitute much more than that.

How do you add alcohol to cupcake mix?

I’m going to go right to Betty Crocker for the answer on this one – I LOVE the tip about substituting booze for the extract in a recipe! Extracts have a lot of alcohol in them normally so it would be a fair swap out. Just think of Amaretto in chocolate cake or Malibu in peach cupcakes!

When adding liquor to your baking, start with a little and work up to your taste level. Allow enough cooling time to remove the alcohol’s harsh taste. You can substitute alcohol for extracts called for in recipes if you desire. In fact, this could open up a whole new world of flavors to try!

Betty Crocker

Can cupcakes be made the night before?

Yes. We have talked about this before. Generally, the rule of thumb is that if you plan to frost and enjoy them within a couple of days you should be storing your cupcakes at room temperature. If you do not plan to frost or enjoy them within a couple of days then it’s best to freeze them. You can learn more about Batch Baking During the Winter Months in my other post if you want to, but batch baking and freezing are some of my trade secrets. Rarely would I pop them in the fridge – the constantly circulating air dries them out too much.

Can I sell alcohol infused cupcakes?

This is challenging as many people are selling baked goods, that they make from home, thanks to the cottage laws. Are you planning on buying the alcohol in bulk? You may need a special license or permit to be able to buy wholesale.

Are you using it as an INGREDIENT? You should be OK. That is if your booze is mixed into the batter and then baked. If you are planning on going the pipette route? You are considered to be selling alcohol and need the liquor license from your state.

The Foodpreneur Institute has this to say:

All you lovely bakers who want to stick a miniature bottle of liqueur or other alcoholic beverage in the top of a cupcake or other food product, beware! Follow your state law. Not sure about the size of the miniatures? They are the 50 ml bottles often used as gifts, samples, or for promotional purposes. But this requirement is for all alcoholic beverages.

Are you planning to sell on Facebook Marketplace? It is a hard “no” on the Facebook Terms of Service. Sweet Fest did the research for us.

According to CNN, a spokeswoman from Facebook explained that “the new policy will prohibit all private sales, trades, transfers and gifting of alcohol and tobacco products on Facebook and Instagram…Any brands that post content related to the sale or transfer of these products will have to restrict that content to adults 18 or older.”

So, if you DO plan to make boozy margarita cupcakes and more for a profit, make sure you are checking with all of your local regulations to prevent the added expense of unwanted fines or fees.

Boozy Margarita Cupcakes and More

  • Champagne Cupcakes

The champagne cupcakes are easy to make and the champagne frosting makes them truly irresistible.

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  • Bourbon Eggnog Cakes

You might think that the recipe is for a dense cake but when you mix eggnog, you get fluffy and delicious cupcakes.

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  • Margarita Cupcakes

These boozy margarita cupcakes are delicious and soft. These cakes have a fresh lime flavor, and the tequila lime frosting makes it a popular choice for desserts.

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  • Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

The Guinness cupcakes can be cooked any time of the year and the chocolate flavor in them is moist and intense. Many people prefer to make this recipe for St Patrick’s Day.

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  • Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes Bourbon Frosting

The hazelnut cupcakes have a rich chocolate taste, and they are topped with bourbon meringue frosting that makes them hard to resist.

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  • Chocolate Stout Pretzel Cupcakes

The chocolate stout pretzel cupcakes are easy to prepare and is an immensely popular decadent treat.

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  • Mexican Fiesta Margarita Cupcakes

The margarita cupcakes are vanilla cakes infused with tequila and lime and topped with a tequila-infused buttercream frosting.

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  • Boozy Oreo Cupcakes

The boozy Oreo cupcakes are a perfect after-dinner treat. These are basically chocolate cupcakes that have a rich flavor of coffee and vanilla-cream ale and topped with Oreo frosting.

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  • Vanilla Bourbon Bacon Cupcakes

The bourbon vanilla cupcakes are easy to prepare and they are an instant hit with everybody. The surprise bacon topping makes it extra delicious.

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  •  Mulled Red Wine Chocolate Cupcakes

These chocolate cupcakes are small but sweet to taste and made with red wine. The topping of orange ganache frosting is an exciting flavor combination that imparts a delicious taste to the cupcakes.

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  •  Coconut Margarita Cocktail and Cupcake

If you like coconut and margaritas, then you will have to try this cupcake which combines the flavor of the two with the help of coconut tequila. The cakes taste awesome and give out a great smell too!

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  •  Classic Daiquiri Cocktail and Daiquiri Cupcakes

The lime cocktail-inspired cupcakes are a great way to kick off the summer months. The recipe can be used in any celebration.

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  •  Champagne Cupcake Recipe

These champagne cupcakes are moist and have a superb champagne flavor. It is a perfect treat for any special occasion or any adult party.

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  •  Chocolate Champagne Cupcakes

The chocolate champagne cupcakes are great for any occasion. These classic cupcakes have a hint of champagne in each which makes them unique and extraordinary in taste.

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  •  Gin and Tonic Cupcakes

The gin and tonic cupcakes are soft and delicious. The gin and tonic buttercream frosting make it look so delicious. No wonder, it is regarded as a perfect boozy treat for parties.

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  •  Irish Cream Tiramisu Cupcakes

The Irish cream tiramisu cupcake is a perfect treat for St Patrick’s Day. The Irish cream is loved by all adults as it has a delicious and mild flavor.

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  •  Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

The chocolate stout cupcakes can be enjoyed on St Patrick’s Day. The best part of this recipe is that they can be made in advance and stored in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to a day ahead.

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  •  Baileys Red Velvet Cupcakes

The red velvet sponge cake has a creamy cheesecake center topped with Bailey’s frosting. It tastes delicious and a popular mouth-watering treat for adults.

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  •  Bourbon Chocolate Cupcakes

These cupcakes are soft and delicious that has a hint of bourbon and loads of chocolate flavors. You can make this dessert on Father’s Day and surprise him.

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  •  Brown Butter-Pumpkin Cupcakes

This is for you, bourbon lovers. These perfectly spiced, tender pumpkin cupcakes come with a rich bourbon caramel filling and frosting that are absolutely divine.

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  •  Margarita Cupcakes

Fluffy lime cupcakes topped with a rich tequila lime buttercream. If you like boozy margarita cupcakes, you will love these cupcakes!

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  •  Fireball Cupcakes

Boozy chocolate cinnamon cupcakes topped with a fluffy Fireball buttercream. If you like Fireball, you’ve got to try these cupcakes!

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  •  Crown Royal Butter Pecan Cupcakes

 A Butter Pecan cupcake made with Crown Royal? Yes, indeed! And you’re going to love it!

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  •  Guinness Cupcakes with Sweet Cream Chocolate Frosting

These cupcakes are so decadent and delicious! Featuring Guinness Stout in the cupcakes, they’re topped with chocolate buttercream frosting. We added a St Patrick’s Day topper, but these are great for any day of the year!

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  •  Boozy Strawberry Cupcakes

The boozy strawberry cupcakes are super easy to make and they taste delicious. Bets enjoyed in the summer months, these cupcakes taste much better than the plain old cupcakes.

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  •  Boozy Andes Mint Cupcakes

 The Andes Mint cupcakes are a perfect addition to any party. They look so bright and fun.

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  •  Strawberry Margarita Cupcake with Liquor Recipe

 These Strawberry Boozy Margarita Cupcakes with Liquor recipe is so easy to make. The perfect treats for Cinco de Mayo!

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  •  Bourbon Spice Cupcakes

Bourbon Spice Cupcakes topped with vanilla bourbon buttercream are moist, decadent, and deliciously indulgent. These bourbon cupcakes are a perfect way to enjoy dessert and bourbon cocktail, all in one.

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The Best Little Shop of Horror Cupcakes

I love the 1986 American horror black comedy musical film directed by Frank Oz that is based on the 1982 off-Broadway musical comedy of the same name by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, which in turn was based on the 1960 film The Little Shop of Horrors, directed by Roger Corman, about a geeky florist shop worker who finds out his Venus flytrap has an appetite for humans. These Little Shop of Horror Cupcakes are a nod to both Seymor and his plant Audrey II.

Granted, a plant that kills humans probably isn’t the thing to idolize, but I have seen a ton of older movies and musicals, thanks to a year of quarantine. Just check out my favorite song of the show:

Now, I know this recipe only makes 12 cupcakes – that is because the actual cupcake making time may only be 10 minutes, with a bake time of 21-24 minutes, but the actual decorating time is over 1 hour. You can use a box of red velvet cake mix to make the chocolate cupcake bases or use our Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe to make them from scratch. I talk about starting with a cake mix below – to account for the long decorating time.

The Best Little Shop of Horror Cupcakes

Just like any of our cupcake recipes, you can make the cupcake bases in advance. I actually have some chocolate cupcakes in my freezer right now for Valentine’s Day. Generally, the rule of thumb is that if you plan to frost and enjoy them within a couple of days you should be storing your cupcakes at room temperature. If you do not plan to frost or enjoy them within a couple of days then it’s best to freeze them. You can learn more about Batch Baking During the Winter Months in my other post if you want to, but batch baking and freezing are some of my trade secrets. Rarely would I pop them in the fridge – the constantly circulating air dries them out too much.

How do you store The Best Little Shop of Horror Cupcakes?

Here is the thing – with the more futzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get together. The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature. Granted, with 12 cupcakes, they aren’t going to be around that long – my family of three Red Velvet lovers could easily take them out in two to three days. Between the buttercream frosting and fondant, they should be fine for five to six days. You can learn more about that in our article How To Frost A Cupcake.

Where to get Your Fondant for our Little Shop of Horror Cupcakes

I have had mixed reviews with purchased fondant. Getting fondant off of amazon has led to me trying to work with a dry product. That was beyond frustrating and had be taking a trip to Michaels’ craft store with my handy-dandy coupons. It really is super easy to MAKE fondant yourself. From scratch and without marshmallows. Just check out this video:

That being said, let’s get started on the cupcakes! You will need both red and white fondant for this project.

Little Shop of Horror Cupcake Bases

You will need:

  • 1 box Red Velvet cake mix
  • Ingredients as listed on the back of the cake box
  • Electric mixer/bowl
  • Cupcakes liners
  • Cupcake pan – I can’t rave about this one enough!

Directions:

Preheat the oven as per directions on the back of the box. Line the cupcake pan with cupcake liners. Fill in each of the cupcake liners 3/4 of the way with the batter. Place in oven. Bake following the directions on the back of the box. When the cupcakes have baked, remove them from the oven. Set aside for at least 30 minutes to cool by removing the cupcakes from the pan and transfering them to a cooling rack. Allow them to cool completely before frsting and decorting them.You will only need 12 of these, so feel free to pop the rest into the freezer for a future project.

Let’s Decorate them!

For the frosting you will need:

  • 2 C unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 5 C powder sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla 
  • 6-10 TBSP heavy whipping cream
  • Green gel food coloring
  • 1 disposable piping bag with a leaf tip
  • 1 disposable piping bag with a star tip

Using a standing mixer, combine all ingredients and mix on medium speed. If your frosting starts looking like powdery rocks, add another tablespoon or so of heavy whipping cream. Mix until you see creamy stiff peaks starting to form.

Decorating directions

Sprinkle the powder sugar onto the cutting board. Roll out your red fondant to 1/8 inch thickness. Use the 3 inch round cookie cutter and cut out 12 red circles.

Little shop of horror cupcake fondant project

Using the knife, cut out a triangle on one side for the mouth.

Audrey little shop of horror fondant decor

Place onto a cookie sheet fitted with parchment paper. Roll out the white fondant to 1/8 thickness. Using the knife again cut out 24 thick strips.

Cut small triangles out of the strips to make it look like teeth. Using the smallest cookie cutter you, poke out little circles. Flip the red circle over.

Dip your finger in water a place one strip on the bottom of the “Mouth”

Audrey little shop of horror cupcake teeth

Allow it to sit for a few minutes before doing the top. The water will act as a magic glue to make it stick together. Cut off excess pieces of the white fondant.

Flip back over, lightly dip your finger into water and drop some water onto the little fondant dots. Place the circles randomly throughout the red.

Scoop the green frosting into the piping bag with the round star tip. Scoop about 1/4 C of frosting into the one with the leaf tip.

Frost cooled little shop of horror cupcakes with the round tip and then place your little fondant Audrey piece in the middle of the frosting.

Using the leaf tip, pipe some leaves onto the bottom of the art piece and you have your work of art ready to impress:

LIttle Shop of horror cupcakes ready to serve

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Chocolate Mousse Cupcakes for Your Chocolate Lover

I know this Chocolate Mousse Cupcakes recipe starts with a boxed cake mix – but you could use my Best Chocolate Cupcake Recipe instead. If you use the boxed mix, you should get 22 cupcakes.

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Once you have made the actual cupcakes, it doesn’t take long to whip up the chocolate ganache or the chocolate mousse that you will need for your finished masterpieces. Even the vanilla frosting is pretty quick to make. It is all worth it though, these are not only show stoppers, but a party in your mouth if you love chocolate.

Chocolate Mousse Cupcakes

You will need:

  • 1 box of Triple chocolate cake mix
  • 3 large eggs room temp
  • 1/2 C of softened unsalted sweet cream butter
  • 1 C whole milk
  • cupcake liners
  • cupcake pan

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pan with the cupcake liners. In a medium bowl, add the cake mix, butter, milk, stir until combined well. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 of the way full. Bake in the oven for about 21 minutes. Pull out the cupcakes and allow them to cool.

Chocolate Mousse

  • 3 large Egg yolks
  • 6 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 ⅔ Heavy Whipping cream
  • 1 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 5 crushed Oreos
  • 3 tbsp whole milk
  • 1 medium piping bag with a star tip
  • 1 C mini chocolate chips for topping

Directions

Using a medium saucepan, mix together the egg yolks, powdered sugar, and ⅓ heavy whipping cream and place over low heat until it starts to thicken and almost is doubled in size while continuing to whisk consistently. Remove from heat and stir in the chocolate chips until melted. Allow it to cool to room temperature.

In a large bowl, beat the 1 ⅓ C heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Whisk ¼ C of the whipped cream into the melted chocolate to lighten it. Pop a piping bag into a drinking glass and fold the edges over the side. Scoop ¼ C of the whipped cream into the piping bag and set aside.

Scoop the rest of the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture and fold gently until combined. Fold in the crushed Oreos.

Ganache Ingredients:

  • 1 C heavy whipping cream
  • 2 C semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 large ice cream scooper

Chocolate Ganache directions

Using a small pot, bring the heavy whipping cream to a slow boil. Place the chocolate chips into a heat proof bowl. Pour the hot heavy cream over the chocolate chips. Let sit for 1 minute before whisking until smooth.

Decorating directions

Scoop about ¼ a cup of the mousse onto the top of the cupcake and spread evenly.

Drizzle the gnache onto the mousse.

Vanilla frosting

  • 2 C unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 ½ C powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 – 6 Heavy whipping cream
  • 1 large piping bag with star tip
  • 1 C mini chocolate chips

Directions

Using a standing mixer, beat together the butter, powdered sugar, heavy whipping cream, and vanilla until smooth and stiff peaks start to form. Scoop frosting into the piping bag with the little bit of whipped cream.

Decorating directions

Pipe a dollop of frosting on top of the ganache and sprinkle some mini chocolate chips on top of it right away.

chocolate mousse cupcakes ready to eat
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A Pumpkin Mocha Cupcake Helps You Welcome Fall

I don’t have that Seasonal Affective Disorder, but go crazy during the longer, colorless cold days of the Wisconsin winter. This simple Mocha Cupcake recipe gives me a little pick-me-up in the middle of a long week. Accrding to the dictionary – Mocha is a high quality type of coffee made from a specific coffee bean. It’s easily confused with the flavored drink also called a mocha, which combines coffee and chocolate. Well, these Mocha Cupcakes refer to the latter; the combination of coffee and chocolate. Throw in a bit of pumpkin? That makes for an amazing pumpkin mocha cupcake.
 
 

Refresh Yourself with a Pumpkin Mocha Cupcake

This recipe makes 12 cupcakes – I share how to use a box of cake mix instead of making them from scratch, but that will double your recipe. Just make sure to double the frosting too!

You will need:
1 C flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp instant espresso powder
1/2 C hot water
1/2 C cocoa powder
6 TBSP unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
3/4 C sugar
1 large egg
1/4 C vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp Pumpkin pie spice
 
Cupcake Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line your cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, pie spice and salt until combined.
Using a small bowl, combine the water, espresso powder, cocoa, and whisk until combined.
Using a standing mixer, cream together the sugar and butter.
Beat in the eggs, oil and vanilla until combined.
Alternating between the espresso mixture and flour mixture, gradually mix in both until combined.
Scoop batter into cupcake liners filling about 3/4 full.
Bake in the oven for 21 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Allow to cool completely on the counter before frosting.
 
Refresh Yourself with a Pumpkin Mocha Cupcake
 
***If you want to use a boxed mix to speed things up? Use a box of Devil’s Food Cake Mix instead of the flour, baking soda, salt, sugar, and cocoa.

You would still need: 2 tsp instant espresso powder, 1 C hot water, 2 large eggs, 1 C vegetable oil, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 4 tsp Pumpkin pie spice

 
Box Mix Cupcake Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line your cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
In a medium bowl, empty the boxed cake mix.
Using a small bowl, combine the water, espresso powder, and whisk until combined.
Beat in the eggs, oil and vanilla until combined.
Alternating between the espresso mixture and cake mixture, gradually mix in both until combined.
Scoop batter into cupcake liners filling about 3/4 full.
Bake in the oven for 18-21 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Allow to cool completely on the counter before frosting.
 
Pumpkin Spice Frosting:
1 C unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
1 C shortening
1 C canned pumpkin puree
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
5 C powdered sugar
1 large piping bag fitted with a star tip
1 container of chocolate curls
 
Directions:
Using a standing mixer, beat together the butter and shortening until smooth. Mix in the pumpkin puree and the pumpkin spice.
Gradually mix in the powdered sugar until combined. Continue to mix until smooth and creamy. Scoop into piping bag and frost the cupcakes.
Sprinkle some chocolate curls onto the frosting.

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