What would a Halloween be without cupcakes? I made a one-bowl cupcake recipe, and as the other two I’ve posted here (Grandma Lucy’s Apple Cake and Easy One Bowl Chocolate Cake) this one was a breeze to make. The only thing I added extra to the recipe was Black food coloring. Last year we used Wilton’s black coloring gel, but since we got Blueish cookies, this year we went on the look for the Americolor Black. In the US, you can find it at your local baking shop or Amazon, and in Guate we got ours at Blossom Cakes. We also got Halloween Sprinkles and little ghosts and bats. The black food coloring makes the batter darker and will make the cupcakes appear black. For decoration, as I didn’t want an overly sweet cupcake, I made a Cream Cheese Frosting with a little bit of orange color gel added to it, so it pops!
This recipe is definitely one that you can make with your kids, as you whisk the ingredients together, and it’s a recipe that is easy for a quick bake on a Halloween afternoon!
Black Halloween Chocolate Cupcakes
A Foodies’ Kitchen Original Recipe
Yield: 12 cupcakes
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup sugar
4 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa
2 large eggs
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla extract
black food coloring
- Preheat oven to 350º F.
- Line 12 cups from a 12 cup muffin tin with paper cups liners.
- In a medium bowl, sift and whisk together flour, baking powder, cocoa, sugar and salt.
- In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, vegetable oil, buttermilk and vanilla extract.
- Pour in dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
- Add the black food coloring to make it darker. It will still look brown because of the chocolate, but you’ll notice it turning darker.
- Evenly distribute batter into prepared pans.
- Bake for about 15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Cool cupcakes on a wire rack before frosting.
Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting
Enough to heavily frost 12 cupcakes
½ cup butter, room temperature
½ cup cream cheese, room temperature
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
orange food coloring or red and yellow food coloring to mix
- Sift the confectioner’s sugar.
- Using a mixer, blend the butter and cream cheese together until well combined.
- Gradually add in the confectioners’ sugar until fully incorporated.
- Finally mix in the food coloring until you get the desired color. If you’re using gel, add it by bits as a little colored gel goes a long way.
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