Halloween Ghost Cupcakes
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Serves: 24
  • INGREDIENTS - Cupcakes:
  • 1⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1½ cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • INGREDIENTS - Vanilla Buttercream:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3-4 cups icing sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk or heavy cream
  • INGREDIENTS - Ghosts:
  • 1 cup white candy melts
  • 1 Tablespoon shortening or vegetable oil
  • 24 large marshmallows
  • 48 candy eyes
  1. Directions for Cupcakes
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with themed cupcake liners.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition, then stir in the vanilla.
  4. Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk; beat well. Fill the muffin cups ¾ full. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
  5. For the frosting and ghosts:
  6. Place softened butter into a bowl and beat in 2 cups of icing sugar. Add 2 Tablespoons heavy cream and vanilla. Add remaining icing sugar ½ cup at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
  7. Spoon the frosting into a piping bag with no tip or a circular tip. Swirl the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes.
  8. Melt the candy melts with the shortening for 25 seconds, stir, and reheat if necessary. Place a large marshmallow in the center of each cupcake and spoon 1-2 Tablespoons of the candy melts overtop. Use the back of a spoon to help the candy melts move if needed.
  9. Repeat with the other ghost cupcakes. After each ghost has dried for about 5 minutes, attempt to attach the eyes - if the candy melts are still too soft, give it another couple minutes before re-attempting.
Recipe by Family Fresh Meals at https://www.familyfreshmeals.com/2016/10/halloween-ghost-cupcakes.html