Thursday, October 21, 2010

White Chocolate Frosted Ghostie Cupcakes with Devil's Food Cakes

I keep several bottles of Torani flavoring syrups around for emergency middle of the afternoon latte’s and found they work well for flavoring frostings and other goodies too.

In these cupcakes the white chocolate syrup keeps the frosting light and fluffy, instead of dense and heavy, as real white chocolate tends to do.

Ghostie Cupcakes Printer Version

Devil’s Food Cupcakes
With this one bowl method cupcakes are easier and make for fewer dirty dishes.

1/2 cup shortening
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons cold water
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/4 cups unbleached all purpose flour

1. Place 24 cupcake liners in two cupcake tins. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a stand mixer, beat together shortening, sugar, vanilla extract, and salt. Add eggs and coco powder and beat until combined. Slowly mix in water. Add baking soda and flour and mix slowly at first, then faster until the mixture comes together. Fill tins half full using a cookie scoop.

3. Bake cupcakes for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely on wire racks.

Yield 24 cupcakes. Prep time 15 minutes. Bake time 20 minutes.

Whipped White Chocolate Frosting
Flavoring syrup gives all the flavor of white chocolate without making the frosting too dense.

4 sticks unsalted butter, softened slightly
2 lbs powdered sugar
1/2 cup Torani White Chocolate Flavoring Syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
Wilton Black Sparkle Gel
Wilton tip 1A
Plastic spiders, optional

1. With a mixer, slowly beat together all the ingredients. Once combined, turn the mixer to high and beat for 3 minutes until fluffy.

2. Fit a pastry bag or gallon size bag with a Wilton tip 1A. Fill with frosting and pipe in large spirals around cupcakes squeezing at the top for a head. Let cupcakes set for 15 minutes.

3. Make eyes with sparkle gel by holding the bottle against the frosting. Squeeze gently and release. Slowly pull away from the frosting. Repeat with remaining cupcakes. If using, press plastic spiders into frosting to decorate.

Yield 5 cups. Prep time 7 minutes.

Recipe from Yum Food and Fun for Kids, October 2010 by Laura Flowers.


Levi said...

4 sticks of unsalted butter??
Other than that, these are cute, cute, cute. I wish I weren't so poopy about baking. I'd whipped them up and eat a huge portion of them and then feed the rest to my grand niece and the homeless. Wonderful!

VegeCooking Club said...

Butter or not they sure are cute!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Lol Janell! There are 4 sticks of butter because this recipe needs a ton of frosting to pipe the ghosts. If you're just frosting across the tops cut it in half.


Elisabeth said...

Hi Laura,
These are the darned cutest Halloween cupcakes I've ever seen!
You are not only a supberb photographer, but a talented and creative baker!
Thank you for your kind comment on my blog!

Sue said...

These are adorable, at least the ghosts are! The spiders kind of give me the creeps...I guess that's what Halloween is for:)

Anonymous said...

these look freaking adorable! What an awesome idea, particularly for spooky nights watching horrow flicks ;)

Unknown said...

They are so cute. I love them.

mamtc said...

I juz saw 1 cutie in "Garden of yumm" and here another masterpiece. Love the perfect cupcake for the fall

Veronica said...

These are so cute! I bet all the kids want to come to your Halloween party. :)

Unknown said...

these are just adorable! I wish my girls were still little and into this type of thing

Monet said...

Adorable! Can I please get an invitation to your Halloween party? These would be such a hit! Thank you for are such a creative baker. I need to jump on the Halloween cupcake train!

JehanP said...

These are the most adorable ghosts ever!!!

Carol said...

Laura, those are just too darned cute for me. They make me smile....
I wonder if my daughter is baking for a Halloween party this year? Will have to send her this link so she can take a peek.
Thanks so much! :)

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

I cannot get over how precious these little ghosts are. Another fabulous idea, of course.

blackbookkitchendiaries said...

aww these look so pretty:) thank you for sharing this. have a nice weekend.

Elisabeth said...

Hi Laura,
I'm so happy to hear that we share common things in our lives with our mothers. I almost feel guilty to claim she hated to cook, maybe because my grandmother was a fabulous cook. You and I probably share our independence from our moms'. Thanks for your kind comments!

Anonymous said...

Adorable! I love the ghosts :) And the one bowl recipe...the fewer dishes I dirty, the better!

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

Absolutely adorable! Love those little ghosts.


SashaInTheKitchen said...

Super cute. I make a lot of cupcakes for my blog and I LOVE these!

Jenn@slim-shoppin said...

My office is having a Halloween cooking contest, and I think I just found what I am making for it!

Wish me luck!

Dee said...

Oh, my goodness! These are adorable! What great & sweet little ghostly cupcakes!

marla {family fresh cooking} said...

These ghost cupcakes are so crazy cute!! Love 'em & I bet they taste amazing too.

Petra (Zoom Yummy) said...

Wonderful! :) Petra

Unknown said...

Oh my gosh these are soo cute!!! I think I'm going to have to make them :)

bridget {bake at 350} said...

So, so darling! I saw these on either FoodGawker or Tastespotting yesterday...yay!!!

PS...I just bought my first ENTRY level dSLR. Will you come to TX and give me private lessons? ;) Oh, and feel free to bring these cupcakes!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Bridget my friend I would love to visit and give you camera lessons if you give me cookie decorating lessons!


Anonymous said...

So cute! The spiders are a great touch, too.
The cupcake holders are lovely too- where did you find them?

The Cooking Photographer said...

I found them at Michael's in their cake decorating section. They had all kinds of fun stuff. Ooo now I want to go shopping. Yikes!


Unknown said...

Hi Laura
Thanks for stopping by Welcome To My Kitchen. I would like to feature your favorite recipe with a photo on my site. I will write a post about your blog. you can contact me on my blog if interested by the contact button and it will go to my email.I love your site its great!

Sophia said...

Yum!! These cupcakes look delicious! If you're interested in winning a fabulous prize, you should submit this to Recipe4Living's Ghoulishly Good Halloween Recipe Contest! :)

The Cooking Photographer said...

Sophia thank-you for the contest info. That was really nice of you!


Charisse said...

Absolutely spectacular! L-O-V-E it!! Looks like you are ready for Halloween!!

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