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Black As My Soul Chocolate Cupcakes

Enjoy these Black As My Soul Chocolate Cupcakes for your Halloween party, or your Christmas party, or your Nightmare Before Christmas party. This rich dark black chocolate cake is topped with a chemical-free tasting black as night chocolate buttercream.

Black Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Black Chocolate Buttercream

Halloween to Christmas

It is December, Y’all! This year is almost over and I can’t even get over the last month. November? No, I mean the one before that! I will record October 2017 as the month that officially changed everything.

A Month In Review

October Week One

Captain Cupcakeasaurus and I started working on a stepparent adoption for Little Cakeasaurus Rex over a year ago. The adoption was finally completed in September and the new birth certificate was delivered. I am so filled with love that our little cakeasaurus family is complete and all sharing the same last name.

The first weekend of October we celebrated with friends and family and of course cupcakes. There were games that included trivia, baby food guessing, and a beer chugging through baby bottle competition.  It was fun for all but that was just the start of this hectic month.

Halloween Black Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Black Chocolate Buttercream

October Week Two

The very next weekend we were celebrating a very special birthday for a very special woman. My mother-in-law, that we affectionately call Grams Cracker celebrated her 70th birthday!

The party was hosted out in the country and the theme was Wild Woman that fits her cowgirl personality that enjoys roping, riding, shooting, and hunting. This time we celebrated with friends, family, freshly smoked wild hog (shot by Gram’s Cracker herself) and some more cupcakes.

October Week Three

Somewhere between week two and week four, everything started changing.

I registered MsCupcakeasaurus LLC as a Florida business and began working on the transition from full-time blogger to a full-time baker.

MsCupcakeasaurus is now a cottage bakery and I am able to sell cupcakes directly to local customers.

I know! I can hardly believe it myself! I’m a business owner, Y’all! How exciting is that?! You kept telling me that you just wanted the cupcakes and I listened. I’m doing everything I can to get you the cupcakes you want and love. I know you are still waiting for me to be able to ship these beauties out of state. I am working in that direction but right now the cottage bakery regulations allow me to start small and build from there.

In Other News

If starting a business wasn’t enough, I also started a new weight loss plan and we adopted a new fur baby to the family. He is a beautiful brindle hound mix that we call Turret. The pup has been a great addition to our family and quite the motivation to get out walking more.

Brindle hound puppy red collar

Oh, you noticed how I skipped right over that weight loss plan? Yeah, well, I am determined to get my life in the direction I want it to be in. The starting of the business really made me reevaluate my life goals. If I can accomplish one, then why not all of them? What goals have you been putting off that you want to tackle? They don’t have to be New Year’s resolutions if you can start on them right now.

Let me know in the comments below. No, really, I want to know. What are you working on or struggling with or just really want to get ahold of?

Halloween Black Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Black Chocolate Buttercream

October Week Four

The last week of October was swallowed up with Halloween. Typically one of my favorite holidays, the decorations are usually set up all month long. I enjoy decorating the house and spending a full month developing a super awesome costume for myself and really the whole family.

This year, the skeletons didn’t get put in the yard until the week of Halloween. I didn’t decide on a costume until the Tuesday before the party. I jetted to the craft store and spent two days on a crafting binge to throw this idea together at the last minute.

We threw a costume party the weekend before the holiday and celebrated all dressed up with our favorite people, punch, and … you guessed it MORE cupcakes!

Halloween Black Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Black Chocolate Buttercream

Black As My Soul Chocolate Cupcakes

My first order for cupcakes was a custom order to celebrate the Halloween holiday. The client requested “Black As My Soul” cupcakes. Do you have any idea how dark that is? I went for the blackest of black dark chocolate cupcakes with a pure black chocolate buttercream. The client was pleased and shared their “soul” cupcakes with their coworkers.

The cake base is similar to the Kahlua Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes but I subtracted the Kahlua and added a little black dye just to ensure maximum darkness. You can’t really have “Black As My Soul” cupcakes if they turn out chocolate brown.

My Not-So-Chemical Romance

Have you ever had a cake from a grocery store or even homemade that used far too much coloring in the icing? It usually happens with the colors red and black. Inevitably someone is trying to turn a white icing into a deep dark color and they just keep adding food coloring over and over until the desired color is reached. The color might be nice but the flavor is disgusting. So much dye makes the icing taste like chemicals and it can totally ruin an otherwise delicious cake. If you’ve tasted it, you know exactly what I am talking about.

Something that many home bakers don’t know is food dye, especially red and black, needs to rest for awhile to deepen the color. If you are mixing up a black buttercream and it is looking more gray than black, before adding any more dye, cover your bowl and put it in the refrigerator a while.

Now, the first time I did this two things happened. One, the icing in the frig was STILL gray! Two, I learned that sometimes it takes resting a few rounds before becoming the right color.

After two rounds of adding dye and refrigerating, I was still worried when the icing was gray toned instead of a beautiful rich black color. But, never fear, the icing started thawing as I was working with it. As it warmed, it became the truest blackest icing I have ever seen. The best part? It tasted like delicious chocolate icing and not some chemistry experiment went wrong.

Nightmare Before Christmas

Is it weird to talk about Halloween in December? A little. But, a very favorite Christmas movie is The Nightmare Before Christmas and I believe it straddles the two holidays quite nicely. I am sure these cupcakes would be Jack approved. So, if you want to try these awesome cupcakes in the off-season, you have all of my permission.

Halloween Black Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Black Chocolate Buttercream

What was that again?

Let me recap a bit. In one month, we completed a stepparent adoption, celebrated a birthday, started a business, started a diet, adopted a puppy and hosted a Halloween party. I know you probably get all that done before breakfast, but I was a little overwhelmed, to say the least. There are so many things to be excited for and I can not wait to share all of them with you!

I hope you love these cupcakes as much as my client did. Make sure to share your creations in the Cupcakeasaurus Cupcake Community on Facebook.

Today we are making life taste sweeter by bringing a little darkness to December.

Black As My Soul Halloween Cupcakes
Print Recipe
This rich dark black chocolate cake is topped with a chemical-free tasting black as night chocolate buttercream.
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20-25 minutes 2-4 hours
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20-25 minutes 2-4 hours
Black As My Soul Halloween Cupcakes
Print Recipe
This rich dark black chocolate cake is topped with a chemical-free tasting black as night chocolate buttercream.
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20-25 minutes 2-4 hours
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20-25 minutes 2-4 hours
Ingredients
Black Chocolate Cupcakes
Black Chocolate Buttercream
Servings: cupcakes
Instructions
Black Chocolate Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brew coffee and set aside to cool to room temperature.
  2. In a large mixing bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachement, beat eggs and sugar on medium speed.
  3. Add vegetable oil to sugar mixture and mix in thoroughly.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients of flour, cocoa, baking soda, bakind powder, and salt.
  5. Alternating between the dry ingredients and the Greek yogurt, add about a third at a time to the sugar mixture, starting and ending with the dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly on medium speed after each addition.
  6. Add coffee and black dye to batter and mix until well blended and color is mixed throughout.
  7. Using a spatula, fold in vanilla extract.
  8. Fill cupcake tins two-thirds full. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before icing.
Black Chocolate Buttercream
  1. In a large bowl of an electric mixer with the whisk attachment, cream butter on high speed for about four minutes.
  2. Add sifted powdered sugar to the butter one cup at a time, mixing thoroughly between each addition.
  3. Add cocoa powder and salt to butter mixture and beat on medium speed.
  4. Add in one ounce of black dye and mix thoroughly until the dye is mixed evenly throughout the icing.
  5. Refrigerate icing for about two hours to let the dye deepen in color.
  6. Remove from refrigerator and beat on medium speed until icing warms to room temperature. Add additional ounce of black dye. Mix the dye thoroughly throughout the icing.
  7. If icing still appears gray, place in refrigerator to sit another one to two hours. The color deepens as it sits.
  8. Remove from refrigerator and allow icing to warm to room temperature to ensure desired color is achieved. Ice completely cooled cupcakes.
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Halloween Cupcake Bouquet Tutorial

A step by step guide to creating a frightfully ghoulish Halloween cupcake bouquet centerpiece on the cheap.

I was compensated for this post. This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Halloween Cupcake Bouquet

Hey, guys!

It is now my favorite time of year!

Fall? Pumpkin spice? Baking season? Well, yes to that last one but it is always baking season around here. If you haven’t grabbed your copy of my free baking conversion cheatsheet, now is the time to do it. Pretty soon all of those baking feels are going to hit you just before the holidays. Make sure you have the right measurements and can easily convert those favorite recipes.

Free Baking Conversion Cheat Sheet

It is Halloween season!

Yes, that means I am begging my LulaRoe Lady for leggings covered in bats, cats, skellies, and skulls. I am also hunting down all the best Halloween themed decor around town.

I always try to snag awesome Halloween finds on clearance after the holiday is over but I am telling you, those are some slim pickings.

This year I have decided to dress up my table decor with a Halloween Cupcake Bouquet!

Halloween Cupcake Bouquet

In all honesty, I have been seeing these cupcake bouquets everywhere but had not had an appropriate occasion to create one until now. I think it will be a unique way to display the holiday treats and add to the overall creepy ambiance.

If you have seen the cupcake bouquets around town or across the internet, then you may know that small bouquets usually run upwards of fifty-five dollars or more. Crazy, right?

It isn’t crazy. When you purchase from a professional baker, you are purchasing their time and expertise. So often, art and especially food art is undervalued. Many potential customers will complain about pricing and suggest that they can get a cheaper product from a chain store.

Though I understand the plight of the baker I also understand what it is like to be on a budget. One of my greatest thrills is making twenty dollars look like sixty.

How do I do this?

One way to stretch my dollar is that I do a lot of DIY. Of course, there are some limitations to my abilities but I LOVE learning new skills along the way.

The second way I make that twenty dollars look like sixty is by shopping at the Dollar Tree. I can find a variety of products at a low price and love that I am not spending more than a buck.

Almost all of the materials used in this tutorial were purchased at the Dollar Tree.

Materials Needed:

A Halloween Bucket: There are several styles. Choose the one that best fits your party theme.

Three dry floral styrofoam blocks

A large knife

Two bags of colored crinkle cut paper shreds: I used one bag of black and one bag of purple. You can pick whichever colors best match your decor.

Plastic wrap

Colored tissue paper

Scotch tape

One glow in the dark skull head

Toothpicks

Halloween Cupcake Liners

Undecorated cupcakes refrigerated

Halloween Roses

Decorator’s Icing or your icing of choice

Food Dye to color the icing: I used red but again use what best fits your color scheme and decor.

Halloween Cupcake Bouquet

How to Put It All Together

The cupcake bouquet is created to make cupcakes look like flowers coming out of a vase. Flowers have the benefit of stems to keep them standing upright. Cupcakes do not.

To keep our cupcakes vertical, we will need to attach them to the styrofoam.

Halloween Cupcake Bouquet Tutorial

Step One:

Sizing the Styrofoam

Your bucket size and shape will determine how much of the styrofoam blocks you will need. The mouth of my bucket was quite wide so I need three styrofoam blocks to fill the space.

Place the styrofoam blocks side by side on a flat surface. Flip your bucket over so that the mouth is facing down and place on top of the styrofoam blocks. At this point, you can either draw or etch around the shape of the bucket to create an outline of where we will be cutting.

Halloween Cupcake Bouquet Tutorial

Move the bucket out of the way. Using a few toothpicks, connect the styrofoam blocks together. With a large knife, cut around the outline previously drawn. The styrofoam should be circular to match the mouth of the bucket. Troubleshoot to make sure styrofoam snuggly fits into the top of the bucket.

Halloween Cupcake Bouquet Tutorial

No one wants to have styrofoam on their cupcakes. Ew! Use the plastic wrap to completely wrap around the styrofoam. After wrapping the styrofoam in plastic wrap, I also wrapped it in colored tissue paper. This gives my bouquet a base color so the ugly green styrofoam is not showing. I used the Scotch tape to adhere the colored tissue paper to the bottom side of the styrofoam.

Step Two:

The Filling of the Bucket

Halloween Cupcake Bouquet Tutorial

If step one was troublesome, this is by far the easiest step of them all. Open the bags of crinkle cut paper and dump them into the bucket. Since I was using two colors I swirled them around a bit to mix the colors.

Place the covered styrofoam in the top of the bucket and push down until snug. You only want about an inch or so sticking out of the top of the bucket.

Halloween Cupcake Bouquet Tutorial

I created a decorative center for my bouquet by placing a skull head in the center and securing it in the styrofoam. Make sure to keep the skull a bit taller so it does not get in the way of the cupcakes.

Step Three:

Placing of the Cupcakes

The cupcakes work best when they have been refrigerated so they hold better on the toothpicks. We will start by placing the outer rim of cupcakes first and working our way to the center.

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Place two toothpicks into the bottom of the cupcake about halfway. Using the toothpicks like prongs, stab them in at an angle into the styrofoam. If the toothpicks push through to the top of your cupcake, just push them back in with a gloved finger.

You do not want your cupcake to be perfectly perpendicular to the table because then your icing will want to slide right off. No one wants that! 

Halloween Cupcake Bouquet Tutorial

Leave about an inch or so of space between each cupcake as you place them around the outside.

As filler and to add to our bouquet, I cut off a few sprigs from the Halloween roses and tucked them between each cupcake. The idea is to cover up the colored tissue paper base and to make the bouquet look full and beautiful. I tucked leaves and petals around the cupcakes to make sure they would not get in the way of icing.

Halloween Cupcake Bouquet Tutorial

Once the outer row is complete, then you place the inner row. I try to alternate my cupcakes so they look more like a natural bouquet. The inner row is placed similarly to the outer row. Fill in the spaces with sprigs of Halloween roses or leaves.

This is the time to get creative. You can stick leaves and sprigs throughout the bouquet. I love that the Dollar Tree Halloween Roses have little spiders attached. What a cute way to amp up the creepiness of this cute bouquet!

Halloween Cupcake Bouquet Tutorial

Step Four:

Icing the Cupcakes

This is the fun part! Now it is time to make those naked little cupcakes turn into beautiful flowers fit for your ghoulish bouquet.

Halloween Cupcake Bouquet Tutorial

To keep things easy, I decided to just do simple rosette flowers and only two colors. Depending on your bouquet and color choices, you can do as many color and flower combinations as you can dream up. I went with a simple white rose and a deep red rose color.

Halloween Cupcake Bouquet Tutorial

I find that using either a Wilton 1M Open Star Piping Tip or a Wilton 2D Decorating Tip creates the best rosettes.

Carefully swirl your icing onto each cupcake keeping the leaves out of your way. Alternate colors so the bouquet looks even and full.

Step 5:

Finishing Touches

To finish off this creep-tastic and yet beautiful Halloween Cupcake Bouquet, I had to add a few drops of blood!

Halloween Cupcake Bouquet Tutorial

I create edible blood with chocolate syrup and raspberry preserves to drip over the white roses. You can read more about this technique and other Halloween ideas in my Halloween Spooktacular Disaster.

Now, you have a display that will both wow and delight all of your guests.

The best part about this edible arrangement? You didn’t have to spend lots of money to achieve such tasty results. Just remember to shop the Dollar Tree Online to get all your party decor and more.

Let Me Know

As we prepare for Halloween, I want to know how you decorate. Will you be making one of these Halloween Cupcake Bouquets? Will you be throwing a party or taking the kiddos trick-or-treating? Let me know in the comments below!

Today, we are making life taste sweeter with the Dollar Tree.

 

Halloween Spooktacular Disaster

A Spooktacular Disaster to add humor and gore to your favorite Halloween treats.

Hey guys!

This weekend is Halloween and all the ghosts and goblins are going to be out Trick or Treating. Since it falls on a Saturday this year I imagine many of you will be headed out to parties as well.

Here is where I have to get really honest with you.

I had planned to make some truly Halloween inspired treats for you guys so you had something fun to bring to all of those Halloween parties this weekend. Well, I had some techniques in mind to share but the cupcakes I made were lacking the most important ingredient of all: Love.

In a rush, I used a box mix (what?! I know. I know.) and by the time I got to icing them, I was just depressed with the whole mess.

Hiding the Evidence

I had every intention of not sharing my failure with you and just sweeping everything under the rug. But, part of my charm is my ability to screw things up. No, really, I am constantly telling Captain Cupcakeasaurus that I’m The Ruiner. It sounds like a pretty awesome arch nemesis or villain name, doesn’t it?

So with the included disclaimer, I’m going to show you the monstrosity that was my Halloween Cupcakes. Compared to the Caramel Cinnamon Apple Pie Cupcakes last week, these sad little puppies looked like the bargain bin ones that the new cake decorator screwed up on at the grocery store.

Okay, that may be cruel but I don’t mean it to be cruel toward the new cake decorator as much as I mean it as cruelty to myself. I’m ashamed but I’m going to share anyway. Why? Because I promised to be honest and maybe my failures can be someone else’s successes or maybe we can find solidarity in cake failure together.

Since these cupcakes did not come out as planned, I will still be sharing a cupcake recipe tomorrow with you but it is not a batch I made this week. They are a family favorite that I think you will enjoy regardless.

Vampire Bites

On previous Halloweens, I have made cupcakes and tried to be creative with different spook inspired decorating. One of my favorites is the Vampire Bite Cupcake. You can use any of your favorite flavors of cake and still make them into Vampire Bites. Like I mentioned above, I used a basic white cake mix this time around.

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Then using the Wilton 230 tip, I inject “blood” into two parallel holes like a vampire bite. The blood is a mix of strawberry preserves (raspberry works too), chocolate syrup and 2-3 drops of food coloring. The ratio is about two parts preserves to one part chocolate syrup. I like using the preserves because it even adds a little chunkiness to the blood which I think is disgustingly awesome.

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Slime

The Wilton 230 tip is also great for injecting other types of fillings into your cupcakes. I also injected a few with green “slime”. I used the Wilton Slime Green Sparkling Decorator’s Gel for the slime both in and on top of the cupcakes.

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BRAINS!

I am always a fan of zombies. Just think about it. Any cool costume can be made cooler by being a zombie. What’s cooler than dressing up as a ballerina? A ZOMBIE ballerina. What’s cooler than dressing up as a doctor? A ZOMBIE doctor.

What do all your zombie friends want to eat? BRAINS!

Another fun technique for Halloween is to make brain cupcakes. They can be filled with blood too for extra gross factor. Using a brain colored frosting —Wait! What color are brains anyway? This is kind of artist’s choice because fresh living brains are pink but the formaldehyde brains look more gray.

Brain Cupcakes

Anyway, first you’ll do a flat base icing on top of the cupcake.

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Then, using Wilton size 10 tip draw a straight line slightly right of center and moving out to the right edge curl the icing around and make a zigzag motion all the way back to your starting point. Using the same technique, you will do the left side of the brain. For added depth and icing, I like to add another swivel of icing on top of the zigzags on both sides. It gives your brain more of a 3D effect as well.

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Monsters

While you are creatively making ghoulish cupcakes, you may also want to throw in some monsters as well. A few candy eyeballs can go along way. My color of icing here is not ideal but the possibilities are endless. I used the Wilton 233 tip to make the monsters look furry. Just squeeze the piping bag with the tip on the cupcake and then pull upwards to create those long stringy hair looking pieces.

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While I was playing with slime and blood and whatnot I got the idea to try something else out too.

Experiment Time

Peeps learned awhile ago that Peeps didn’t just have to be a treat for Easter. They are now sold in the shape of pumpkins and ghosts for Halloween. Peeps aren’t the only ones to catch on to this marketing potential. Cadbury eggs aren’t just for Easter now either.

Cadbury makes a Screme Egg that is a Cadbury Egg with green slimy insides. Still just as sweet and delicious as ever, just green.

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Well, I wondered what would happen if I baked a Screme Egg into a cupcake. My hopes were that you could bite into a cupcake and get a mouthful of chocolate and green Cadbury goo.

As it so happens, things didn’t quite go as planned. The Screme Egg was still relatively intact but the ooze had oozed itself out of the cupcake made the wrapper difficult to remove. It also didn’t do much for the flavor of the cupcake so I will mark this down as a failure and a lesson learned.

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Ghouls, Goblins and Ghosts: Oh My!

There are so many fun things out there now to help with decorating Halloween party cupcakes. There are candy bones, candy knives, and candy tombstones. You can turn Oreos into bats or licorice into spiders or melted white chocolate into spider webs.

With all the different options out there, try not to get overwhelmed. Getting overwhelmed leads you to where I was last night: burnt out and not feeling the love. If you don’t love the food you’re making, it shows in the taste and presentation of that food.

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Towards the end, I realized what was wrong and had to call time of death on my cupcaking debacle. I let Little Cupcakeasaurus Rex take over and he enjoyed decorating them with bones and blood.

There’s no harm in letting the little ones do their thing, especially for Halloween cupcakes. I’m pretty sure kids know more about what is scary than we do.

Go wild! If there is ever a holiday to make not so pretty cupcakes, I think Halloween would be it. 

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Life isn’t perfect. Things don’t always go as planned. Cadbury Eggs should really not be baked into a cake. Have fun and be safe this Halloween. Make life taste sweeter by not forgetting the most important ingredient of baking: LOVE.