This googly-eyed dessert looks like a silly cartoon monster! Serve these Halloween cupcakes at your costume party this year for a treat that's as festive as your apparel.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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Credit: Jason Donnelly

Recipe Summary

prep:
40 mins
bake:
18 mins
cool:
45 mins
total:
1 hr 43 mins
Servings:
24
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line twenty-four to thirty 21/2-inch muffin cups with paper bake cups.

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  • In a medium bowl stir together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl beat butter with a mixer on medium 30 seconds. Gradually beat in sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, until combined. Scrape sides of bowl; beat 2 minutes more. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Beat in vanilla. Alternately add flour mixture and milk to butter mixture, beating on low after each just until combined.

  • Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each about two-thirds full.

  • Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in pan 5 minutes. Remove from pans; let cool on wire racks.

  • To decorate, tint frosting blue. Using a pastry bag fitted with a medium star tip, pipe short spikes on cupcakes as desired. Attach candy eyeballs while frosting is still moist.

Creamy White Frosting:

In a large bowl beat 1 cup shortening, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla, and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract with a mixer on medium 30 seconds. Gradually add 2 cups powdered sugar, beating well. Add 2 tablespoons milk. Gradually beat in 2 cups additional powdered sugar and 1 to 2 tablespoons additional milk to reach spreading consistency. Makes 3 cups.

Nutrition Facts

335 calories; fat 16g; cholesterol 40mg; saturated fat 6g; carbohydrates 48g; mono fat 5g; poly fat 3g; trans fatty acid 1g; insoluble fiber 1g; sugars 38g; protein 3g; vitamin a 243.8IU; thiamin 0.1mg; riboflavin 0.1mg; niacin equivalents 0.7mg; folate 23.9mcg; vitamin b12 0.2mcg; sodium 180mg; potassium 115mg; calcium 39mg; iron 1.1mg.
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