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?



Helene said...

That baby is so cute! Happy Halloween!

Cristine said...

Cute cupcakes and cute kid!!!! Happy Halloween!

Emiline said...

AWWWWW!!!! SO cute! I'm dying!

The cupcakes are cute also. I did the same thing recently, with using shortening in a frosting. I went ahead and used it, but yeah - did not like it.

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Ok, I thought your mini cupcakes were cute, but your baby "takes the cake"!

Wandering Coyote said...

Yeah, shortening-based buttercreams are no good at all; they are used very frequently in grocery store products because shortening is much cheaper than butter and less finicky when it comes to storage. But I don't touch the stuff anymore at all - butter all the way!

Dana Treat said...

The cupcakes are cute, but your baby is far cuter!

Bridget said...

She is SO sweet!!! Helen Mae looks like such a happy little candy corn!

Adventures in Gluttony said...

oh my golly! that has got to be the cutest custome ever! You're daughter is adorable!!! The cupcakes are cute too.