Last weekend, I went away for a quick spa trip with some friends, and consequently, someone was very mad at me for several days. Things turned around yesterday when I offered to make cupcakes with her. This kid loves chocolate.
(Ellie now says, “Cheese” when you take her picture. From now on, I suspect all photos of her will look something like this.)
I had been wanting to create a Halloween inspired treat for the blog and was struggling a little. I’m not the best crafter or cake decorator, but I wanted something that fit the season and was kid-friendly. Finally, I landed on the idea of Trick-or-Treat cupcakes. Basically, each of these little goodies has a candy treat inside – except for two that are just plain cake. That’s the trick part. Sneaky, huh?
Here I am with a “treat” cupcake. You’ll be pleased to know Ellie’s was also a treat, but she thought the peanuts from the Snickers were “bees,” and I was promptly tasked with removing them from the cupcake.
I should warn you. These cupcakes can be dangerous. Ellie got her finger stuck in one and was sure she couldn’t get it out. Luckily, help arrived quickly, and it was removed. No fingers were harmed.
These cupcakes have the texture of a brownie, as opposed to a traditional cupcake. The chocolate flavor is intense, and they are really dense. The flavor is great, but don’t expect a light crumb, like you’d find in a cupcake.
That being said, if you have a favorite chocolate cupcake recipe, you could easily swap it here (or use a box mix). (I will never tell a soul.)
The cream cheese icing is lightly sweet and tangy. I could have eaten a gallon of it, but quickly put it in the sink and filled it with water after frosting the cupcakes to avoid disaster.