Happy almost-Halloween! ;) For this week's TWD, the cupcake-loving Clara from i heart food4thought picked Dorie's lone cupcake recipe, the Chocolate-Chocolate cupcakes — with the suggestion that we decorate them for Halloween! (I was very excited to use my little pumpkin again!)
I loved all holidays growing up, but Halloween definitely held a special place in my heart. I was, no doubt, a candy addict. Excepting the chalky stuff like Neccos (blech!), I quickly chowed down my entire stash every year until my parents hid it from me ;) So, I was excited to bake a special "grown-up" Halloween treat this year.
These cupcakes came out very tasty, with a rich chocolate glaze and a deep chocolate cake flavor, coming from the use of both cocoa and chocolate in the batter.
I used my #16 disher and got 15 cupcakes out of the recipe. I also committed baking sacrilege (unneccesarily opening the oven door during baking!) to get the photo below ;)
Like last week, a lot of the bakers had trouble with dryness in the cakes. I pulled mine at 18 minutes instead of the suggested 22, so mine ended up being light and still fairly moist in texture.
I got my chocolate brown liners from Confectionery House. Cute, but expensive, so I use 'em sparingly.
The glaze was easy, just some melted chocolate with butter and powdered sugar mixed in. Dorie's proportions ended up giving me a good consistency.
I started scooping with the spatula, but eventually I just poured the glaze on top of each cupcake, and spread at the end.
I found some really cute Halloween-themed sprinkles to use on top! A. is not a fan of sprinkles, though ("You'll ruin it with those stupid things!!"), so I only put them on half of the cupcakes. SOMEONE is not very festive. ;)
A. and I both thought they were actually better the next day. I don't really know why this happens sometimes with cakes, but it does!
Many thanks to the lovely Clara for choosing this recipe! Go get the recipe on her blog, and check out the other TWD blogs for their takes on this yummy dessert. Remember, if you want to bake with us, you have until Halloween to join!