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Because it’s not all about the ghoulishness…

October 31st, 2006     by Catherine Hayday     Comments

…it’s also about the candy.

This recipe is very compatible with vegan substitutions - a little soy milk, sweetener, and egg replacer and they turn out beautifully. They’re also particularly tasty if you’re using organic and fair trade ingredients. An organic fair trade cupcake is an empowered cupcake.

Halloween Cupcakes 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tbsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 cup soft butter or margarine 1 & 1/3 cup sugar (divided) 3 eggs 2/3 cup milk 1 tsp vanilla chocolate chips

  • combine flour and cocoa
  • add baking powder and salt
  • in a separate bowl, cream butter and gradually beat in 1 cup of the sugar
  • beat in 1 egg and add remaining 1/3 cup sugar
  • add remaining 2 eggs one at a time — beat well after each
  • sift dry ingredients into wet; alternate with milk
  • combine lightly after each addition (about 3-4 mixings)
  • include vanilla with the last of the milk
  • divide batter among lined muffin pans (1 recipe == approx. 12 large cupcakes)
  • bake at 375 for 15-22 minutes (until done)
  • cool completely
  • frost 1/2 with ‘fudgey’ icing and 1/2 with orange (recipes below)
  • decorate to your liking with chocolate chips

Fudgey Frosting 3 tbsp soft butter or margarine 4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder 1 pinch salt 1/2 tsp vanilla 2 cups icing sugar 1/4 cup milk

  • melt butter
  • stir in cocoa, salt and vanilla
  • alternately mix in the icing sugar and the milk
  • beat well

Creamy Orange Frosting 4 tbsp soft butter or margarine 2 cups icing sugar 2 tbsp orange juice, mixed with 1 tsp grated orange rind

  • add 1/3 of the icing sugar to the butter
  • alternate mixing in the remaining icing sugar and the orange juice

Devour cupcakes with friends and loved ones. Repeat until full of cupcakey goodness.

And if you are doing something more on the ghoulish end of the spectrum, remember, it’s Vatican approved!: “Most Christians ascribe no doctrinal significance to Halloween, treating it as a purely secular entity devoted to celebrating imaginary spooks and handing out candy. Fr. Gabriele Amorth, the senior exorcist of Vatican City, said in an interview with London’s The Sunday Telegraph, ‘if children like to dress up as witches and devils on one night of the year that is not a problem. If it is just a game, there is no harm in that.’” ~from wikipedia

Happy Hallowe’en!!

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