Witch's Cauldron Chocolate Cupcakes
 
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Moist and chocolatey witch's cauldron cupcakes topped with chocolate and vanilla frosting. Secretly stuffed with a homemade orange "scream" filling!
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Yield: 18 cupcakes
Ingredients
  • ¾ c. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1½ c. all-purpose flour
  • 1½ c. granulated sugar
  • 1½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¾ tsp. baking powder
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 c. TruMoo chocolate milk
  • ½ c. buttermilk
  • 3 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • Orange Pastry Cream:
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • ½ c. TruMoo Orange Scream milk
  • 8 tbsp. (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ c. granulated sugar
  • Chocolate frosting:
  • ½ c. (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1¾ c. powdered sugar
  • ¼ c. unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1.5 - 2 tbsp. TruMoo chocolate milk
  • Vanilla frosting:
  • 1 c. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 - 4½ c. powdered sugar
  • ¼ c. whole milk or cream
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • Green food coloring
  • Garnishes:
  • black licorice
  • gummy worms
  • candy eyes
  • candy bones
  • green sprinkles
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 cupcake pans with 18 liners, set aside.
  2. In a medium size mixing bowl, whisk or sift together flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine the eggs, chocolate milk, buttermilk, butter, and vanilla, whisk together until smooth. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing just until combined.
  4. Divide batter evenly among cups, filling ⅔ of the way full. Place in oven and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the tops spring back when touched and a cake tester comes out clean. Be careful not to over bake!
  5. Remove from oven, allow them to sit for 3-4 minutes in the pan, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  6. Meanwhile, to prepare the cream filling- in a small saucepan set over medium heat, cook the flour and milk until a thick paste forms. Stir constantly! Remove from the heat, pour into a bowl and press a piece of plastic over the surface to prevent a skin from forming. Allow to cool completely. In a large mixing bowl or the bowl or a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add cooled flour/milk mixture and continue to beat for 5 minutes on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy.
  7. To prepare the chocolate frosting- in a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter until smooth and creamy, about 2-3 minutes. Turn mixing speed off, add the salt and the vanilla extract. Turn mixing speed on to low, then gradually add the powdered sugar and cocoa. Beat for 2 minutes, then turn to low and add the chocolate milk. Turn the speed up and beat for 2 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  8. To prepare the vanilla frosting- in a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter until smooth and creamy, about 2-3 minutes. Turn mixing speed off, add the salt, vanilla extract and food coloring. Turn mixing speed on to low, then gradually add the powdered sugar.. Beat for 2 minutes, then turn to low and add the whole milk or cream. Turn the speed up and beat for 2 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  9. To assemble the cupcakes, (core if desired and pipe the pastry cream into the centers). Pipe a border of chocolate frosting around the top edges of the cupcakes. Then fill in the centers with the remaining green frosting. I would suggest decorating each individual cupcake directly after piping the centers in- that way your frosting doesn't set or harden. Store covered cupcakes at room temperature for 2-3 days.
Notes
-Eyes, bones and bubble sprinkles are all Wilton (I found them at Jo-Ann crafts)
-You can always use a boxed chocolate mix, just swap out the water for chocolate milk!
-The pastry cream is totally optional (you can omit it), as is the chocolate frosting. You can use vanilla frosting (dyed black) for the edge of the cauldron.


Recipe source: Life Made Simple
Recipe by Life Made Simple at https://lifemadesimplebakes.com/2014/10/witchs-cauldron-chocolate-cupcakes/