Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Graveyard Cupcakes

I'm a sucker for a good cupcake, and admittedly, a bit of the macabre. To that end, getting the perfect finishing touch on these particular cupcakes meant scouring the dollar store for cheap plastic dolls that could be easily dismembered for the desired effect.  I felt a little weird at first, but told myself that they fulfilled their ultimate destiny by topping these mini cakes as art.

Moving on.

Once you've tracked those down, the hard part is over, because making these cupcakes is a snap.  I was pressed for time so I just used a boxed devil's food cake, whipped up a simple chocolate ganche (recipe below), and the dirt, well, that's nothing more than some crushed up chocolate wafer cookies.  Speaking of cookies, Pepperidge Farms Milanos make perfect gravestones with a bit of chocolate frosting in a tube to decorate themSome green frosting for grass, and a final smattering of red gel frosting doubles nicely as blood. 

Happy Halloween!

Chocolate Ganache

4 ounces semi-sweet  chocolate, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1/3 cup heavy cream, scalded

In a small bowl, add the chocolate, corn syrup and pour over the scalded cream.  Whisk until smooth.  If for any reason you have a few lumps of chocolate that haven't melted completely, place the bowl in the micorwave in 10 second intervals, whisking until smooth.


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