Spooky Cupcakes

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To say we are a “girly” household is an understatement.  Luckily my hubby is secure in his masculinity or he might begin to have a facial twitch from all the pink around here.  My girls don’t like anything remotely scary so these are the closest to spooky cupcakes you’ll see me making 🙂  Make your favorite chocolate cupcakes and frosting to begin.

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The trees are made by simply piping or even spreading chocolate on wax paper.  I wish I had thought to take a picture at this point, but basically you are making a spiky T shape (the bottom line will be inserted into the cupcake for stability and the top of the T will be roots resting on top of the cupcake), with a tree on top of the T.  Separately Make 2 small triangles so that when you place the upside down T into the cupcake you can place a small triangle on the front and back to look like roots and also support the tree a little.  While the chocolate is wet sprinkle with orange sugar and some black pearls.  You could also use cake or cookie crumbs for dirt around the base.  I used some chocolate jimmies.

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For the towers cover a sugar cone with chocolate and place a whopper on the top.

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For ghosts, pipe white frosting, then insert chocolate coated sunflower seeds for the eyes.

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In the book they stacked smaller cupcakes on top of larger cupcakes so it ended up looking like a haunted house. I thought they would look good placed on and around a small tiered cake, but this is what happened in the end.  None of the kids seemed to care. 🙂

Adapted slightly from  “What’s New, Cupcake?” by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson

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