Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Halloween cupcakes

I love baking cupcakes.  You can do so much with them!  This time I baked Halloween cupcakes :)

Halloween cupcakes
24 servings ~ 172 calories each

1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist German Chocolate Cake Mix
1 1/4 cup water
1/4 cup light or fat free sour cream
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
4 egg whites

4 reduced fat Oreo cookies
1 package Pocky chocolate cream covered biscuit
12 pieces white fudge covered pretzels
24 Marshmallows
melted chocolate

2 cups Confectioner's sugar
2 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 325F, line a standard muffin pan with cupcake liners, set aside.
2. Prepare cake mix by mixing cake mix, water, egg whites, applesauce and sour cream. Beat mixture on slow speed for 30 seconds then switch to medium speed for 2 minutes.
3. Pour batter into muffin tin 3/4 full and bake for 20-22 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool completely.
4. Prepare frosting: in a medium bowl, cream butter with an electric hand mixer, add Confectioner's sugar, coco powder, vanilla extract and milk, beat until it is the right consistency for frosting.
5. Frost cupcakes, try to make a dome shape.

6. Remove the cream filling from Oreo cookies, crash the cookies in a food processor, then dip the frosted cupcakes into Oreo cookie crumbs.

7. Dip marshmallows with melted chocolate, let dry, then draw faces on them with edible markers. Cut each pocky chocolate stick in half, insert the stick into the marshmallows then to the cupcakes.

8. Cut pretzels in half, place them on the cupcake as "bones".

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