Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes
Note from The Girl in The Apron:
Happpppyyyyyy Halloween! There's always a joke in my house that Halloween is the first day of the beginning... Let me explain! It's the first day of the beginning of the holiday season! My favorite time of year! I smell turkey roasting in the oven, jingle bells ringing and feel that oh so incredible baking fever! So of course we have to start the holiday season off right with some Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes! If you're looking for a great and easy party treat, these are the ticket! They'll be a show stopper (second to your costume of course!)! Wilton Cakes makes some of the best and cutest decorations! I use their decorations and kits every year! They have everything from liners to edible toppers to "fake blood" gel! They make baking fun and easy! I hope you'll try out this spook-tacular recipe this Halloween!
1/2 cup butter softened
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate morsels, melted
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup sour cream
1 cup hot water
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Whipped Buttercream Icing (See recipe)
Garnish: Wilton Cupcake Decorations
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
With an electric mixer, beat together butter and brown sugar at medium speed until well blended and light in color, about 3 mins. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until just blended. Add melted chocolate, beating until just blended.
With the mixer on low speed, gradually add flour to chocolate mix alternately with sour cream, beginning and ending with sour cream. Add baking soda, beat until just blended. Gradually add hot water in a slow and steady stream to chocolate mixture. Mix in vanilla extract.
Spoon batter into lined cupcake tins, filling 3/4ths of the way up.
Bake for 15-20 mins, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before icing and decorations.
Lizzy’s Whipped Buttercream Icing
1 cup shortening
1 cup butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
1/8 tsp. almond extract or vanilla extract
In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter and shortening together until smooth. Add powdered sugar, mix at low speed until combined. Add extract. Beat icing at medium-high speed for 5 mins, icing should double in size and be lighter in color.