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Bloody Halloween Eyeball Cupcakes

Swah
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Servings 24

Ingredients
  

Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 1⅔ cups plain flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 cup brewed coffee
  • ½ cup flavourless vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Icing

  • Cream Cheese Icing
  • 4-5 cups sifted icing sugar
  • 100 g butter at room temperature
  • 250 g cream cheese at room temperature

Strawberry "blood"

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar
  • ¼ tsp corn starch

To decorate

  • Gummy eyeballs

Instructions
 

Chocolate Cupcakes

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line 24 muffin tins with cupcake papers.
  • Sift flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl and set aside.
  • Combine the milk, vinegar, coffee, oil and vanilla extract in another bowl. Beat in the eggs one at a time until well combined.
  • With the mixer on low, carefully add in the dry ingredients. Mix until combined (the batter will be very thin).
  • Fill cupcake liners about ⅔ full with mixture and bake for 25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool in the tin for 15 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

Cream Cheese Icing

  • Cream the butter and icing sugar together until well mixed.
  • Add the cream cheese in cubes slowly until incorporated. Continue mixing for 5 minutes until the icing is light and fluffy.
  • Smooth icing onto to the top of each cupcake with an offset spatula.

Strawberry "blood"

  • Puree strawberries in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  • Push through a strainer to separate seeds from liquid.
  • Over a medium heat, bring strained strawberry liquid to a boil, add icing sugar and corn starch and stir until thickened for around 2 minutes.
  • Allow to cool completely.

To decorate

  • Pour a small spoonful of the strawberry blood over each cupcake, letting it drip down the sides.
  • Top each cupcake with a gummy eyeball.