Day 90 – Spooktacular Chocolate Cupcakes

29 Oct

With Halloween only a couple of days away, I am allllll over the Halloween-themed cupcakes (and Halloween candy, but that’s an entirely different subject…).  Today will be no exception.  Spooktacular Chocolate Cupcakes (recipe below from Hershey’s Kitchens).  And, check back later today for more adopt-a-shelter-dog fun!!

Chocolate-cupcake     Mini-Chocolate-Cupcakes

The cupcakes are very soft and delicate. Moist but not sticky.  They have a nice, soft chocolate flavor, not too rich, but not too light.


The frosting is very creamy and smooth.  It’s a very light, sweet peanut butter flavor. Not too strong of peanut butter or of cream cheese flavor.

Spooktacular-Cupcake     Mini-Spooktacular-Cupcake

They definitely taste like a Reese’s peanut butter cup in cupcake form. Very accurate to that flavor.

Notes: recipe doesn’t call for how long to bake. I baked the full-size for about 20 minutes and the minis for about 10 minutes. Filling the full-size as directed worked perfectly, but not for the minis – they just split when filled, so I’d just top them with frosting if you want to use the minis.

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 4
  • Frosting Taste: 4
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 3
  • Ease of Making: 4
  • TOTAL: 19


Spooktacular Chocolate Cupcakes (recipe from Hershey’s Kitchens)

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Assorted candies
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk or sour milk
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar


  • 2 packages (3 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup REESE’S Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

For directions visit Hershey’s Kitchens.

*Tomorrow: Vampire Cupcakes*

2 Responses to “Day 90 – Spooktacular Chocolate Cupcakes”

  1. tinkerbelle86 October 29, 2013 at 10:42 am #

    what a great challenge, I would love to do one like this. I made Halloween cupcakes a while back, would love to know what you think

    • My Year of Cupcakes October 29, 2013 at 10:46 am #

      Thanks! I enjoy a good decoration challenge. The black lagoon ones from yesterday and the Vampire ones tomorrow are gonna prove to challenge my decorating skills! Ha!

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