Day 92 – Healthy Halloween Cupcakes

31 Oct

Halloween is finally here!! I hope you enjoyed the candy all month long, as well as the pumpkins (check those out below the cupcake as well as the website I got the ideas from!) To finish off October, I decided on these Healthy Vegan Halloween Cupcakes (recipe below from Kiran Tarun). Let’s see if it holds up to the Trick or Treat test…but first, enjoy the Tip Thursday video!

Now, on to the cupcakes!

Chocolate-Cupcake     Mini-Cupcake

The cupcakes are dense and moist. Almost like a devil’s food cake.  The pumpkin flavor is slightly more apparent in the full-size, but you wouldn’t know it was there if you didn’t know it was in the batter. They’re not overly chocolate or overly sweet, but not bad either.

Chocolate-Ganache

The ganache is thick and creamy.  It has a semisweet flavor. Almost a little nutty hint to it, I’m guessing that’s the earth balance, cause it’s not the chocolate.

Halloween-Cupcake     Mini-Halloween-Cupcake

Together they really surprised me! The flavors balance each other so well, they bring out the strong-points from each other. That nutty hint in the ganache brings out the light pumpkin-spice in the cupcake and gives it a nice balanced flavor. The crunch of the non-pareils is nice too, just to break it up.

Notes: This is a tasty combination whether you’re looking for a cupcake, a healthy cupcake or a vegan cupcake. All your friends and family could enjoy these and NEVER have to know that they aren’t bad for them!!

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 2.5
  • Frosting Taste: 3.5
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 3
  • Ease of Making: 4.5 (no mixer required for either part)
  • TOTAL: 17.5

RECIPE

Healthy Vegan Halloween Cupcakes (recipe from Kiran Tarun)

Wet ingredients (at room temperature) :

  • 1 cup of almond milk or any non-dairy/dairy milk
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Dry ingredients
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
Chocolate ganache:
  • 4 oz bitter/semi sweet chocolate squares, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Earth Balance butter

For directions visit Kiran Tarun.

*Tomorrow: Chocolate, Banana, Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Cupcakes*

PUMPKINS
So, I got these ideas from Brit + Co. They are all No-Carve pumpkins. They have 18 on their site, but I only picked 3 (the face one was 100% my hubby’s idea…).

Thumbtack Cupcake     Thumbtack Cupcake outside

The Thumbtack Cupcake Pumpkin – Spray paint a pumpkin white, then press thumbtacks into the pumpkin in whatever shape you like. I painted my thumbtacks first, for extra flair, using China Glaze Hunger Games Nail Polish Collection. (Yes, I’m a geek. And I love Hunger Games!)

Candy corn      Candy-corn-outside

The Candy Corn Pumpkin – Spray paint the top of the pumpkin white and the bottom of the pumpkin yellow. It takes a little maneuvering, but it’s really easy and super cute.

Melted Crayon     Melted Crayon-outside

The Melted Crayon Pumpkin – This one is very easy, but a little time-consuming. I’d also recommend using a candle or 2, instead of having to hold a lighter the whole time.

Jack-o-lantern hippie     face-outside

Jack-o-lantern Hippie – This is just creative sharpie, a hair piece from one of my shows and a headband. Simple, quick and cute. Thanks, Ken!

All Pumpkins

Do you have favorite pumpkin ideas? Carve or no-carve? Hope you have a Happy Halloween!! And, check back later for the October Monthly Winner!!

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