Since it’s right around the corner, I’m popping in quickly today with these incredibly easy, (100% suitable for last minute baking) chocolate monster cupcakes.
Despite the fact that these fun chocolate treats are totally outside my usual wheelhouse – the decorating part anyway – I’m caught up in the spooky, trick-or-treating spirit.
The hubby’s been out of town for work the past couple of weeks, so I’ve had more time to myself at night recently to scroll through Pinterest inspiration and play around with holiday-themed cupcake decorations while binge-watching childhood Halloween movies on Netflix (here’s looking at you, Hocus Pocus!).
The chocolate cupcakes themselves are so, so simple – only one bowl required. They bake up to an even dozen, and they’re gently domed, with a moist crumb, and packed of course, with flavorful chocolate-y goodness.
The buttercream frosting on top is about as easy as cupcake decorating gets. It’s endlessly customizable, and no particularly fancy or advanced frosting or piping skills are necessary.
You’ll just need a star tip and a bit of patience to pipe on the monstrously neon fuzz. Imperfection only adds to the wild factor, here, and I found myself quickly getting into a rhythm, starting in the center of each cupcake, and slowly making my way outwards in a loose spiral until the tops were covered.
Of course use any color frosting you’d like, but be sure to grab some of the little candy eyes to add on top. I found mine at Target and Michael’s in the baking sections. They come in a few sizes, and whether two-eyed, three-eyed, or eighteen-eyed… it’s those googly eyes that make these monster cupcakes really come to life.
Have a safe and delicious Happy Halloween!!