Thursday, October 11, 2012

Black & Orange Velvet Halloween Cupcakes

Black and Orange Velvet Halloween Cupcakes Recipe | Carla's Confections #halloween #cupcakes #recipe
Can you believe Halloween is a meager two (okay really almost three) weeks away??

And what's more unbelievable than that, is I have no idea what I am going to be for Halloween this year!

And what's more unbelievable than that is that stores are already tearing down Halloween stuff and bringing out the Thanksgiving and Christmas stuff! (I feel like we may have already had this talk...)

And what's more unbelievable than that is I hear people talking on twitter about already having Christmas shopping done!!!

Ill stop now.

Last year for Halloween, we were in New Zealand.

New Zealand doesn't know Halloween the way we do...

Until Matt & I showed them how it was done, that is. We (along with some friends from Matt's work in New Zealand) threw a Halloween bash that that country has never seen. Matt and I made a pretty awesome Halloween costume for us. We were pretty adorable, and this happens to be where the pink hair trend started for me, just in case you were wondering ;) I figured streaks would be better than doing my whole head pink... but what do you think?

Black and Orange Velvet Halloween Cupcakes Recipe | Carla's Confections #halloween #cupcakes #recipe
I am not sure what I will be for Halloween this year (it will definitely take some thinking to come up with something better than last year), but I do know, that these cupcakes will be a part of our Halloween traditions.

If you are looking for something really easy do make that doesn't require a lot of time and energy, these really are the perfect dessert. They have the great Halloween feel without having to buy a lot of crafty ingredients. Just orange and black food coloring is all you need for these, along with any Halloween-ish cupcake liners, and you can go simple with the basic orange and black sprinkles like I did, or go whatever direction you would like with these.

Black and Orange Velvet Halloween Cupcakes Recipe | Carla's Confections #halloween #cupcakes #recipe
You could even go as far as to say the frosting on top may look like witches hats (especially the black ones), so you could take that theme and run with it too. These cupcakes are so versatile and most of all, so easy! And what fun would it be to have the kiddos helping out with decorating these.

If you're looking for something easy to bake this Halloween, but still fun and super tasty, then you have found it with these Black & Orange Velvet Halloween Cupcakes.

The only issue I found was with the orange coloring going into the cake batter. It took a lot of coloring and it still ended up a bit of a reddish color. Next time maybe I would change the color scheme a little to go with a darker color. The cocoa powder really makes lighter colors hard to cover it up. But I was really in love with the orange frosting on top. Just run with it and have fun. And if you're curious, this is the coloring I used for both the cake and frosting, in orange and black.

Black and Orange Velvet Halloween Cupcakes Recipe | Carla's Confections #halloween #cupcakes #recipe
Black & Orange Velvet Halloween Cupcakes | Printable Recipe
makes 10-12 cupcakes (5-6 of each color)

  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (if you don't have buttermilk you can combine 1/2 cup milk with 1/2 Tbsp vinegar or lemon juice and leave 5-10 minutes before adding to recipe)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tsp distilled white vinegar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • orange and black food coloring, or icing coloring, to get desired vibrance of color (darker tones of coloring would be more desirable, such as purple or green instead of orange I think)
basic cream cheese recipe:
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 oz (226 g) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 lbs powdered sugar
  • orange and black food coloring, or icing coloring, to get your desired vibrance of color
  1. Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Line a 12-cupcake pan with Halloween themed liners.
  2. In a stand mixer, with setting on medium speed, combine sugar and butter until creamy.
  3. Add in the egg, and then the vanilla, buttermilk and vinegar and mix until well combined.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, salt, baking soda and cocoa powder.
  5. Turn the stand mixer to low, and slowly add in the flour mixture, mixing until well combined.
  6. Divide the batter in half in two separate bowls. Using the stand mixer or an electric hand mixer, add in your food colorings until you get the desired colors in the two separate bowls of batter.
  7. Fill cupcake liners 1/2-2/3 full and bake 20-25 minutes, until the tops of the cupcakes spring back when you lightly press on them.
  8. Remove and let cool completely while you make your icing.
  9. For the icing, combine the butter, cream cheese and vanilla on medium speed in a stand mixer.
  10. Turn the mixer on low and add in the powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, until fully combined.
  11. Splash in some milk if you need to thin it out at all, otherwise divide the icing into two separate bowls and using the stand mixer or a hand mixer, add in your food or icing coloring until you reach the desired color of icing.
  12. Once cupcakes are fully cooled, add your icing into two separate piping bags fitted with a round tip (I used Wilton tip #12), and pipe, keeping centered on cupcake, fill, then pull up slightly keeping some pressure, then give a pointy "witch hat" top by lessening pressure and pulling up.
  13. Decorate as desired with Halloween garnishes.
  14. Double the recipe for a big party.
Adapted from The Comfort of Cooking

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  1. I love these Carla! They turned out super super cute! The black ones look really cool! And I love the simple sprinkles! Sometimes less is more :) I love your pink hair too! xxx

  2. these jump starts on holidays is killing me! i haven't been to target or the such lately cause i'm kind of avoiding all that madness! these cupcakes look beautiful and so cute! love that orange frosting!

  3. So cute! And that's a great shade of orange. I have to mix my colors to get orange and never get it right. And they don't know Halloween here either. Or fall baking. I celebrate anyway. :)

  4. I was looking for orange velvet cupcakes, and came across your blog on Google. Will definitely be using this recipe to make some Halloween treats this year...thanks!

  5. Great Halloween dessert. I like orange and black combo!

  6. These are so cute! Perfect for Halloween....speaking of which, how is it already almost Halloween!?!? ;D


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