Sunday, October 4, 2009

Halloween: Jack O'Lantern Cupcakes

I recently bought some Halloween-themed peanut butter cups (with Jack O’Lantern faces) and today I fused them with cupcakes. Following the flavors of chocolate and peanut butter, I decided to use a peanut butter cake recipe and chocolate frosting. I could have done them the other way round (chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting), but I’m not too fond of chocolate cupcakes so this seemed like the best option. I really love the combination of the savory cake with the sweet chocolate. Plus they look so adorable! Rating: 4 out of 5.

Peanut Butter Cupcakes recipe: Martha Stewart - Living

Ingredients: Makes 18, I halved the recipe and got exactly 12
- 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ tablespoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 6 ounces (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1/3 cups sugar
- 2/3 cup natural, creamy peanut butter
- 3 large eggs
- ½ cup sour cream
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Whisk dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda & salt) in a large bowl. Cream butter and sugar with a mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition.
- Add dry ingredients to butter mixture in 3 additions, alternating with wet ingredients (sour cream & vanilla) and ending with dry. Reduce speed to low and add the peanut butter. Scrape sides of bowl. Divide batter among muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full.
- Bake cupcakes until testers inserted into centers come out clean, about 20 minutes. Let cool in tins on wire racks. Cupcakes will keep, covered, for up to 3 days.

Chocolate Frosting recipe: my own

- 1 ½ cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
- 3 ounces chocolate, semisweet or milk
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 3 tablespoons milk, room temperature

- Above a double boiler, melt the chocolate.
- Put the remaining ingredients in a medium bowl, and mix to combine. Add the melted chocolate and mix again. Use immediately.

Peanut Butter cupcakes, pre-oven.

Post-oven. I love the light brown color of the cupcakes, against the orange Halloween wrappers.

Halloween-themed peanut butter cups.

I used the orange and chocolate as inspiration to decorate the cuppies with.

So they came out looking like this:

So much orange & brown, it almost hurts your eyes.

I'll have you as my first!


apparentlyjessy said...

I love those Halloween cupcake liners and peanut butter cups! Makes for some super adorable and yummy looking cupcakes!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

I love all the orange and brown - very appropriate for the season. These are so fun!

ABowlOfMush said...

These are so adorable! I'm all excited for Halloween now!

Eliana said...

These look adorable indeed. Great job.

Miss Dot said...

I didn't realize they made halloween-themed peanut butter cups. How cute!

Heather said...

I read every post but rarely [okay, never] comment. These are pretty cute and you really do a great job.

Anonymous said...

They look so cute - I wish we had things like that here in Australia :(

Paris Pastry said...

Thank you for commenting Heather :D

Ingrid said...

I hadn't seen those. I don't like chocolate cupcakes either but then again I really don't care for chocolate.

LOL, that is a lot of orange and brown!

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

I love Halloween and pumpkins and Martha Stewart and cupcakes! :D :D