Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

A Scary Good Chocolate Cupcake Gets Dressed Up Mummy-Style

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

A Scary Good Chocolate Cupcake Gets Dressed Up Mummy-Style

Article excerpt

If you have kids, chances are pretty good you'll find yourself needing to bake something for a Halloween event. Or maybe you got invited to an adult Halloween party and you volunteered to bring a dessert. Either way, this is the recipe you need for a fast, easy and delightfully spooky party treat.

These adorable little mummy cupcakes don't take much more time than frosting a bunch of regular cupcakes, but the fun/cool factor is extremely high. If you do have kids, grab them and ask them to help. So what if one or two of the mummies looks like they are unraveling a little bit? That's part of the charm of bringing a homemade item that it looks a little homemade.

My older son, Jack, pronounced these the best chocolate cupcakes I've ever made, and I've made a lot of cupcakes. So speaking of plain old cupcakes, think of these even after Halloween has come and gone, and skip the mummy frosting part for a delicious, basic chocolate cupcake recipe. You can use any frosting you like, including this one, and just give them a good smear for other occasions. I clearly will be making them for Jack's birthday in January.

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MUMMY CUPCAKES

Yield: 24 cupcakes

For the cupcakes

1 cups water

1 cup cocoa powder

2 cups granulated sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon kosher salt

4 large eggs, room temperature

cup vegetable or canola oil

cup sour cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the marshmallow frosting

cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

7-ounce jar marshmallow spread (such as Marshmallow Fluff), about 2 cups

3 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 to 3 tablespoons milk, half-and-half or heavy cream

48 M&Ms or other small, round colored candies

1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 24 muffin tins with paper liners, then mist the liners with cooking spray. …

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