Monster Mini Cupcakes
Mini cupcakes are usually just the right size for most kids. These little monsters are made out of chocolate cupcakes baked from scratch. You will need a grass tip in order to create the fur. You can make them different colors by using other food colors.
- Serves: 24 persons
- ½cup milk
- 1tablespoon white vinegar
- ½cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 10tablespoons white sugar
- 2teaspoons vanilla sugar
- 2large eggs
- ¾cup all-purpose flour
- 1tablespoon all-purpose flour
- ½cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½teaspoon baking powder
- ¼teaspoon baking soda
- 1pinch salt
- 1(8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- ¼cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
- 2drops orange food coloring
- 48small candy eyeballs
- 2pieces dried mango
Step 1Combine milk and vinegar in a bowl. Let stand until milk curdles, about 5 minutes.
Step 2Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 24-cup mini muffin tin or line cups with paper liners.
Step 3Combine 1/2 cup butter, white sugar, and vanilla sugar in a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Step 4Mix 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Alternate adding flour mixture and curdled milk to the creamed butter mixture, mixing until batter is well blended. Spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling each 3/4 full.
Step 5Bake in the preheated oven until tops spring back when lightly pressed and a toothpick inserted in the center of 1 cupcake comes back clean, about 14 minutes. Cool in the muffin tin for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, about 1 hour.
Step 6Combine cream cheese and 1/4 cup butter in a bowl; beat with an electric mixer until well combined. Mix in vanilla extract. Stir in confectioners' sugar gradually. Color frosting orange with a few drops of food coloring.
Step 7Place orange frosting in a pastry bag fitted with a grass tip. Hold the pastry bag at a 90-degree angle 1/8 inch above the surface of a cupcake. Squeeze bag to form orange 'fur' by pulling tip up and away when the icing strand is about 1/2 inch high. Repeat to cover cupcake evenly with fur.
Step 8Add 2 eyes to each cupcake. Cut dried mango into small strips and arrange into the frosting as 'horns'.