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Black Magic Halloween Cupcakes


Your eyes might be deceived that they are burnt but they are not. They are filled with (good) black magic, topped with ghostly buttercream, bugs, bones, pumpkins and specs of witches dandruff.


Today when I made these cupcakes I had three little devils help me mix the batter and also decorated some of them, my niece Lady Bug and nephew Mikey and Bodean.

I used a black cocoa powder for these to give them the spooky dark cupcakes.  The black cocoa powder is not bitter at all, its actually a sweet chocolate flavor. I used black cocoa powder in a different post, Black Magic Sauce.


These are kid approved, after the decorated their cupcakes they ate them up.

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Black Magic Halloween Cupcakes

Time

Prep: 20 minutes for Buttercream
        20 minutes for Cupcakes

Baking: 15 to 20 minutes

Yields: 30 cupcakes


Ingredients

Vanilla Bean Buttercream
1 cup (2 sticks) Unsalted Butter, softened
1/2 cup Vegetable Shortening
1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
8 cups Powdered Sugar
4 Vanilla Bean
6 Tablespoons Milk, I used Almondmilk

Black Magic Cupcakes
2 1/2 cups Unbleached All Purpose Flour
1 cup Black Cocoa Powder, can use Unsweetened Baking Cocoa with black food coloring
2 cups Granulated Sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Sea Salt
1 Tablespoon Cold Brew Coffee or instant coffee
1 1/2 cups Buttermilk, room temperature I used Almondmilk Buttermilk
1 cup Vegetable Oil, can use any unflavored oil
2 eggs, room temperature
1 egg yolk, room temperature
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract, I used Homemade

Optional
Sprinkles
Halloween Candy Pieces
Decorations
Gel

Buttercream
1. In a stand mixer or hand mixer, cream softened butter, vegetable shortening and sea salt for 5 minutes or until light and fluffy.
2. Add scrap the insides of the vanilla beans with a knife and blend with butter and shortening. Slowly add one cup at a time powdered sugar. After the four cups of sugar add in 3 tablespoons of milk. Slowly add in the last of the powdered sugar and milk. Store in the refrigerator. I made this ahead of time.

Cupcakes
1. In a medium size bowl, combine flour, black cocoa powder, sea salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine vegetable oil, sugar, coffee, buttermilk, whole eggs, egg yolk, and vanilla extract. Slowly add in the flour cocoa mixture and mix with a hand mixer or a stand mixer for 5 minutes on a medium speed then bump up the speed on high for 2 minutes.
3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place cupcake paper into cupcake pans. Scoop out batter with an ice cream scoop 2/3 full.
4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
5. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and let cool completely on a wired rack before decorating.

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Comments

  1. These sound amazing! I'll need to make them asap!

    Antonia | www.TheMidwestWife.com

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  2. These look adorable! Love all the sprinkles on top!

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  3. These are so much fun! I love all the decorations :)

    Sues

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  4. Looks delicious! Love that you called the sprinkles "witches dandruff." It sounds like your niece and nephews had a lot of fun making these!

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  5. That black cocoa sounds interesting! Loved how you described the cupcakes! I love chocolate cupcake they are so good!

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  6. They look perfectly, ghoulishly gruesome :)

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  7. These look great fun to make! I can imagine the kids faces as they help decorate with bugs, bones and witches dandruff! Lol!

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  8. These look so decadent! My nieces and nephews would LOVE this. Thanks for the recipe!

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  9. Very cool! I didn't realize you could buy cocoa powder in a black color. I'll have to check it out!

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  10. My daughter would love all of the colors of these. Simple, yet super festive. Thanks!

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  11. YUM! These sound unbelievably delicious!! I'm not the best baker but I may need to give these a whirl! (or share the recipe with my baker friends!)

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  12. These look lovely! can't wait to try something like this with my little one this halloween!

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  13. Homemade cupcakes are the best! We always made festive Halloween cupcakes growing up too and it was fun because it was something that I remember and I always looked forward to each fall. Its great to establish traditions.

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  14. These look great! Homemade cake batter is always the best. My kids would enjoy making these.

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  15. Those look pretty yummy and so festive! I'll have to see if I can "veganize" them :) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. They are so easy to do that. I've seen a lot of egg replacements.

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  16. Omg I would do anything for a cupcake right now. They look amazing and they make me wish we had Halloween here

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  17. THey look even yummier when they are that dark black!

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  18. they look delicious, I'd be abel to do something like this

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  19. Black cocoa powder? I haven't ever heard of that, but I definitely love the impact!

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  20. These Halloween cupcakes looks so delicious. I am pretty sure that kids will love this black magic cupcakes.

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  21. Perfect treat for all the Halloween parties. Not sure who would love these more...the BIG kids or the little kids. Yum!!

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  22. Halloween is such a fun time. I am thinking about making these now for my kids and for the neighbour kids. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Very colorful cupcakes! :-) I've never heard of black cocoa - does it taste like dark chocolate, the healthier kind of chocolate? I have a recipe for a very dark, moist chocolate cake that is simple but delicious, and I'm wondering if this black cocoa would work for that.

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    1. It doesn't have a bitter taste like dark chocolate taste. The black cocoa doesn't change the texture of the cakes so you can use it for any recipe.

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  24. I love cupcakes. I hope you enjoyed making these with family.

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  25. These are so cute! Perfect for a halloween party!

    XO-Lisa
    www.thatssodarling.com

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  26. These look like such a wonderful spooky treat for Halloween! I love all the colors too!

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  27. Aw those are so cute and they look so easy to make :)

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  28. Ok, these cupcakes look sinfully good! :) xo, Suzanne

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  29. You have the cutest recipes! My kid would love these. We also like take sugar cookies and make monster cookies!

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  30. These look absolutely fantastic and easy to make! I love good black magic!

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  31. Cupcake decorating sounds fun I may try this with my mini this weekend!

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  32. TOO CUTE! I love halloween and cupcakes! Perfect combo <3

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  33. How cute! I love the color of these cupcakes. So perfect for Halloween and they would be a hit with my family.

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  34. My favorite holiday is Halloween. I love enjoying all kind of treat and blame it on Halloween. Great cupcake idea. Thanks for sharing

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  35. Love the name! What an original idea for Halloween! Here at home we love creepy and scary things so this will be awesome any time of the year!

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  36. Ooooh, I bet the kiddos LOVE these! Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. Lots of scary decorations and scary (but delicious) things to eat!

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  37. Oh my! I have no control over myself when there are cupcakes around me. I could probably eat all of these cupcakes by myself smh.

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  38. You can never go wrong by making cupcakes for the kiddos....for any occasion! Too cute!

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  39. I need to try this type of coco. It's been on my list to get.

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