chocolateColoured buttons like Gems , Smarties , M & Ms
Vanilla Cream Oreo Cookies(2 per cupcake)
Chocolate sprinkles, ChocolateCandy Bars , etc
Put the cocoa powder and the coffee powder in a bowl and pour the boiling water over it. Stir well until smooth and keep aside to cool.
In another bowl, using a hand held mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, while scraping down the sides in between. Add the egg and the vanilla extract and beat well. Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt in another bowl and add to the butter-sugar mixture. Mix well and then add the coca mixture (itu2019s alright if it is still quite warm) and beat till smooth.
Divide the batter between 16 muffin cups lined with paper cases so that each one is about 2/3rds full. Bake the cupcakes at 190C (375F) for 15 to 20 minutes till theyu2019re done, springy to touch and a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean.
Cool them on a wire rack, then decorate. This recipe makes 16 cupcakes.
While the cupcakes are baking make the frosting. Put the soft butter and icing sugar in a bowl and beat with a hand held mixer till the frosting is fluffy. Add the vanilla and 1 tbsp hot milk/ water ( more of needed) and beat well till the frosting is of desired consistency. The frosting is ready to use and is enough to decorate the 16 cupcakes.
To make the Owl Cupcakes, using a spatula or spoon, pile about a tablespoon of frosting on each cupcake and smoothen it all over covering the top of the cupcakes completely. You will need two Oreo cookies for each cupcake. Carefully twist open and separate the Oreo cookies so that the cream filling is on one cookie u2013 these will form the eyes. Using a knife cut the cookie halves without the cream into exact halves u2013 these will make the eyebrows.
Take a cupcake and place the two Oreo halves at the top to make the eyebrows. Place two cookies with the cream slightly below overlapping this to form the two eyes. Use coloured or brown chocolate buttons or for the middle of the eyes and press in an orange chocolate button slightly below in the middle to make the beak. Thatu2019s it, and your Owl Cupcakes are ready!
To make the Mummy Cupcakes, you will need a u201cbasket weaveu201d icing tip to form the ribbon-like flat bandages. (watch video below)
Fill your piping bag with the Vanilla Frosting and then pipe the u201cbandagesu201d across the top of the cupcakes, back and forth in a random manner, using coloured chocolate buttons for the eyes. Thatu2019s all there is to this Mummy Cupcakes.
And the Tombstone/ Graveyard Cupcakes are the easiest. Cover the cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting like for the Owl Cupcakes above. Crumble the remaining Oreo cookies (the halves without the cream) left over from the Owl Cupcakes to form the u201cdirtu201d, and sprinkle this over the frosted cupcakes.
You can use any small chocolate candy bar to make the u201ctombstonesu201d. I used the small Cadbury 5 Star bars (soft caramel centred chocolate bars) and cut each in half for one u201ctombstoneu201d. Fill a little Vanilla Frosting into a piping bag with a writing tip and use this to decorate the u201ctombstoneu201d with lettering like u201cRIPu201d or whatever you like. Push this down on the top of the u201cdirtu201d covered cupcakes and your Tombstone/ Graveyardu201d Cupcakes are ready too.