Aren’t they a adorable? They are a scrumptious, chocolate, moist cupcake that is topped with a sweet buttercream frosting and decorated for Halloween. The decorations are very easy to make too. I love that about them. Let me share with you the making of these Halloween gems.
The first thing I do is gather all of my ingredients together. It makes it so much easier when putting everything together. Here are the ingredients for the cupcakes. I used Dixie Crystals Sugar, a Southern favorite brand that has been around since 1917. Plus, I used an egg, milk, melted butter for moisture and of course flour, salt and baking soda. For a little bit of flavor, I used vanilla extract. Love my vanilla extract. Gives it such a nice flavor in chocolate.
I used just a mixing bowl, and whisked everything together. I did all I could to keep my fingers out of the bowl. The chocolate is so rich and decadent and with Dixie Sugar it added a very nice sweetness to the cupcakes. Here are the cupcakes before going into the oven.
The cupcakes take about 15 minutes to make. They smell amazing. While the cupcakes were cooling I used the time to prep for the decorations. By the time I was done the cupcakes were cool enough to frost. For the decorations, I used a Chocolate Sandwich Cookies for the dirt. I scraped out the frosting in the center of the cookie and pulsed the wafer portion of the cookie sandwich in my mini food processor to make it look like dirt. I used oblong cookies for the tombstone. I used a serrated knife to trim the bottoms of the cookie and with a black frosting pen I wrote RIP. Pretty cool. Then I used Gummy Sculls and Pumpkin Candies for extra decorations. I love the look of the little pumpkins.
The next step was to make the frosting. I used 2 sticks of softened butter, 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract and 3 1/2 cups of Dixie Crystals Powdered Sugar. For the green color, I used a few drops of green food coloring. I used green to look like grass. I beat everything together until was the consistency that I wanted.
I got my assembly line all ready to go. I frosted 3 cupcakes at a time and then added my decorations. I found it easier doing it this way. Decorating was easy. I frosted the cupcakes with a thin layer of frosting. I didn’t want to make it to high, since I was adding decorations to it. I made a slight slit in the back of the cupcake to fit the tombstone, added a little bit of pulsed cookies for the dirt and then added my pumpkin or scull next to the tombstone and put in a Happy Halloween sign. It was really fun to make.
This would be a fantastic recipe to make with kids. they would have a blast decorating the cupcakes. You can find more fun ideas on Dixie Crystals Sugar website Kids in the Kitchen section. They even have recipes on how to make homemade colored bath crayons. I don’t think you need to have kids to make these? I want to make them. You should check it out!
I have to say I am really proud of these cupcakes. I am not a food decorator person. I am not good at frosting or decorating. I try and it comes out messy. So with these cupcakes, I am proud to say I made them. They are so pretty I don’t even want to eat them.