Happy Halloween! Mini- Cupcakes and More!
Ok so it goes something like this- what's cuter than a cake?
A cupcake, right?
What's cuter than a cupcake?
A mini- cupcake, right?
I made these adorable little mini-cupcakes using Martha Stewart's recipe for One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes. I had never used her recipe before and I was very impressed with the results. The cupcakes were light and airy and had a very chocolaty flavor. I can't say that I like them more than Dorie's cupcakes though, because the chocolate didn't have as much depth. These made a lovely little shiny dome at the top- and doesn't that shape just scream cupcake?
The pitfall was when I whipped up the buttercream frosting for the tops. Against my better judgment , I used a buttercream recipe that called for shortening as well as butter. I don't know why I did it, but I can assure you that I will never do it again! The frosting looks pretty and it was easy to work with but when I took a bite of it the consistency was so greasy and the flavor was just not as good as it could have been. Anyway- live and learn. I do need a good buttercream recipe though so if anyone has suggestions please leave me a comment!! I've always used a really basic one with butter and confectioner's sugar and a bit of vanilla and milk- the taste is very nice but it doesn't hold up that well for decorating. They still turned out darn cute so I sent them to school with my high school junior of a sister.
So, what could possibly be cuter than a mini-cupcake?