If you know me, I am a big lover of all holidays and Halloween is no exception. Now that I am a mama I love holidays even more and want to make them special for our family. It isn't the easiest to celebrate holidays with a tiny baby but we do our best by wearing festive outfits, reading holiday-themed books and making festive foods.
Like many mamas, I was on my phone while feeding the babe and came cross this little idea from Country Living. Cute, so cute. I combined Amanda from I am Baker's amazing chocolate cake + buttercream recipes and these adorable white chocolate spider webs to create the ultimate festive Halloween cupcake. While our little Addie can't enjoy cupcakes quite yet, she did "help" me make them while wearing her festive apparel.
All I have to say about these cupcakes is: holy delicious chocolate heaven. I almost passed out after I tried them but I quickly reminded myself that I have a baby who needs her mama not to pass out from eating chocolate…but I came close.
Let's get this Halloween party started!
I love love love these cupcakes and the recipes while are longer than using a cake mix and tub of frosting have a few steps they are nowhere near difficult to make. That being said, I wouldn't hold it against you to use a boxed cake mix and pre made frosting to get the job done. That would totally work too, I won't judge.
Chocolate Spiderweb Cupcakes
Makes 24 cupcakes
For Perfect Chocolate Cake:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
2 extra large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup strong coffee
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Give it a quick stir and set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the buttermilk, eggs, oil and vanilla. Turn on the mixer, just to combine. With the mixer on low, pour in the dry ingredients. Once you have added the dry ingredients, pour in the coffee and mix just until they are combined.
Scoop or pour the batter (it is very thin, don't worry) into a muffin tin that has been lined with cupcake liners. Fill the liners 1/2 way full and pop the pan in the oven for 12-14 minutes or until a toothpick is stuck in the middle and comes out clean. Mine took exactly 12 minutes. Remove from the oven.
If your cupcakes came over the liner and on to the pan, gently take a kitchen knife and separate the cake from the pan. Let the cupcakes cool in the pan until they are set and easily removable. Take them out and place on a cooking rack to cool.
For the White Chocolate Spiderwebs:
12 oz bag of white chocolate chips
1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil, if needed
Pour the white chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl. Pop in the microwave for 20 seconds, remove and stir. Place back in the microwave for another 20 seconds. Continue to do this. If your white chocolate hardens add a bit of the coconut oil to thin things out. Just keep stirring, and stirring and adding a little coconut oil if needed.
Once you are at a good consistency (not to runny but able to pipe with it) place in a zip top bag and cut the corner out of it or put into a piping bag with a small round tip, I used Wilton 3.
Print off this template and place it on a cutting board that will fit in your freezer. Place a piece of wax paper over the template and trace the template with the white chocolate. Once you have piped all of the spider webs, I did 8 per page by flipping the template around, place in the freezer.
For the Chocolate Buttercream:
1 cup room temperature butter
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk or heavy cream (I suggest heavy cream)
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the butter and vanilla on medium speed for 3 minutes. Scrape the sides.
While the butter and vanilla combine, take a medium, sized bowl and combine the powdered sugar, cocoa powder and salt. Give it a quick stir.
Once the butter and vanilla are done mixing, slowly add in the dry ingredients. Once those are added, pour in the milk or cream and whip for at least 2 minutes on medium high.
That's it! Note that the frosting will darken as it sits.
Take the chocolate buttercream and frost the cupcakes with a knife. Gently place the white chocolate spider webs on top. The spiderwebs are surprisingly more sturdy than I thought they would be!
1. The frosting recipe makes quite a bit of buttercream. If you are simply frosting with just a little foresting like I did in the pictures above with the white chocolate spiderwebs, you can cut the recipe in half and will have enough. If you choose to pipe some and frost some using a knife, you will need a full recipe as piping uses more frosting.
2. The coconut oil does add a little coconut taste to the white chocolate spiderwebs. They taste awesome but I like coconut. If you do not care for coconut, you could use vegetable shortening.
3. These recipes are absolutely amazing but you could totally have the same visual effect by using a boxed cake mix and pre made frosting.
Cake and buttercream recipes from: I am Baker. She is the bomb, check her out.
The template for the spiderwebs can be found here on the Country Living website.