Halloween is knocking on the door and even though we don’t really celebrate it here in Finland I felt like a halloween themed post is a must have. So what would be nicer than share a little recipe of easy halloween cupcakes. Okay yes that was a lie. They are not easy, of well the muffins were piece of cake but the frosting. Just wow my back still hurts. But what wouldn’t I do for you lovely bunch.
And by the way before we start, these are also gluten free yay!
Carrot and cocoa cupcakes: (makes about 14 small or seven big cupcakes)
- 2 carrots
- 3½ dl gluten free flours (all-purpose-flour works just fine too)
- ½ dl unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilja sugar
- 1¼ tsp baking powder
- 3 eggs
- 1 can (150g) of crème fraiche
- 1½ dl rapeseed oil
dl = Desilitre tsp = teaspoon
Orange flavored frosting:
- 75g unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 500g icing sugar
- 1 can (200g) of orange flavored cream cheese
- Black, yellow and red food coloring
1. Grate the carrots. In a small bowl combine flours, cocoa powder, baking powder and vanilla sugar and gently mix using a spoon. In other bowl whisk (gently) the eggs and sugar, just breaking the structure of the eggs. Then add the crème fraiche and rapeseed oil.
2. Mix grated carrots to the egg mixture. Then add the flours etc. using a big spoon to stir and combine the dough. When the batter is smooth divide it to the cupcake liners. Bake in 200 degrees for about 20 minutes.
3. For the icing whisk (again gently) the softened butter until smooth. Add icing sugar whisking all the time with the lowest power of your electric mixer. When all the icing sugar is added, turn the power up a little and whisk until smooth. At this point the mixture should look like flours. Then add the cold cream cheese and whisk until the batter is smooth but thick.
4. Separate the frosting into a two bowls. For orange color, mix the red and yellow food coloring together. Be really careful to not add too much red. When you have orange color mix it with one of your two frostings. Mix black food coloring with the other frosting.
5. Put your desired tip to a piping bag (I recommend one with star tip). And now this is where it gets hard. So I would say all’s fair. First spoon the orange frosting into the piping bag. I laid the bag to the table and filled half of it with the frosting so it was ‘easier’ to add the black frosting on top of it. Make sure the tip is filled with half of the each frostings too. When you are done with both of the frostings one side of the piping bag should be filled with orange frosting and the other side with black. If you completed, congratulations. If this all sounds too hard you can just simply pipe the cupcakes with orange and black frostings separately.
Good luck with decorating, hope you don’t hurt your bag like I did hehe.
So that’s my little recipe for halloween. Hope it made you crave for some delicious cupcakes and maybe even want you make these. I mean they really do please the aesthetic eye!!