Candy Corn Hi-Hat Cupcakes

I was so inspired by these Mardi Gras Hi-Hat Cupcakes that transitioning them into a Halloween treat seemed right.   More than right.  Necessary even.

Surprise Inside Hi-Hat Cupcakes from iambaker.net!  #cupcakes #chocolate #surpriseinside

 

There is a very special surprise inside these chocolate hi-hat cupcakes.

Its a candy corn inspired treat and if you want to see hop on over to the Food Network!

Chocolate Hi-Hat Cupcakes with a #surpriseinside ! from iambaker.net

Candy Corn Hi-Hat Cupcakes

I hope you will check them out and leave a comment… tell me what you think!

Neapolitan Cupcakes

We have discussed my Neapolitan obsession right?

I needed to make some cupcakes for a special event last night, and you just know I have to had a Neapolitan twist!

Neapolitan Cupcakes! from iambaker.net

 

These were actually really, really simple.

Make your favorite chocolate cake recipe.

Make your favorite Vanilla Buttercream.

Make some chocolate coating. (recipe below)

Sprinkle with some chocolate jimmies.

Neapolitan Cupcakes!

Strawberry Chocolate Dip Coating

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pink candy melts
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (or shortening)
  • 1-3 drops of candy flavoring (oil based)

Instructions

  1. In microwave safe bowl (preferably with high sides) place candy melts and vegetable oil.
  2. Heat for one minute and then stir thoroughly.
  3. Keep heating in 30 second increments until chocolate is completely smooth.
  4. Add in flavored oil, 1 drop at a time, until you reach desired flavor.
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Tips for Success:

Allow cupcakes to cool completely before piping on buttercream.

I used a 1M tip to achieve soft billowing ruffles of frosting deliciousness. :)

After you have frosted the cupcakes, place in freezer for at least 15 minutes.

I used a spoon to drizzle the chocolate over the frosting.  If you find your chocolate is too thick and doesn’t spill over, add 1/2 teaspoon more vegetable oil and mix thoroughly.

Add sprinkles to the chocolate immediately.  (If you wait until the chocolate hardens, the sprinkles wont stick)

You can get the Strawberry Oil here.  I have only found it at specialty stores and online.

Consider calling up a dentist and getting on an affiliate program. (These suckers are SWEET!)

Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream and Strawberry Chocolate Candy Coating!  (Neapolitan Cupcakes)

Enjoy!

Chocolate Cupcakes {contest closed}

This was the most fun post to do. I get to make something delicious and talk about one of my favorite people!

I dont know if you heard, but today Amy Atlas’s book Sweet Designs,  is available to purchase!!  Its fabulous.

She has so many tips and tricks, I think she can turn anyone into a professional stylist!  Its easy to read, the pictures are stunning, and the ideas are SO creative!

I wanted to make her Chipper Chocolate Cupcakes. (They are in her ‘Perfectly Preppy’ chapter… my favorite!!)

And I am so glad I did!  Amy offers up a unique version of chocolate cake that is delectable.  (You have got to get the book just for that recipe… I have made LOTS of chocolate cake in my day, but never one like this!)

The cupcakes in her book are covered with and surrounded by the funnest pretty pink sprinkles.

I totally did not have pretty pink sprinkles on hand.

So I just made some!

Paired with Amy’s delicious buttercream and it was a win-win.

Actually, its win-win-win.  Know why?  Because YOU have a chance to win too!  One lucky reader is going to win a copy of Amy’s book!

Its easy!  Just tell me, What is your favorite cake flavor?

If its chocolate you gotta get her book and try these cupcakes!

For an additional entry you can tweet:

I want to win a copy of @amyatlas ‘s amazing new book  #SweetDesigns  from @iambakertweets! http://bit.ly/JBRxee 

You can also earn an addition entry by sharing this post on facebook! (You can just click the share button under my facebook post)

Please leave a separate comment for each.

I have even better news.  A few other amazingly talented bloggers got together to help spread the word about Sweet Designs!

You have GOT to go and see what they made!!!

Tidymom  Honey Panna Cotta

Sweetapolita  Pink Eclairs

My Baking Addiction  Banana Whoopie Pies

Two Peas and Their Pod  Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Bake at 350  Hazelnut Truffles

Sweetopia  Chocolate Beehive Cupcakes

Bakingdom  Mini Strawberry Trifles

The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle Amy Atlas Cookbook Giveaway

Not only did they make something sweet from the book, they are also giving away one copy!  So you have NINE chances to win!!

This giveaway is open from April 24th through midnight on April 30th.  You must be 18 years old to enter and live in the United States.

Please see official rules HERE.

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The winning comment was #368

Amy who likes “lemon cake with lemon icing”

I am sending you an email Amy!  Congrats!