Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It’s October! Time to read Halloween books, pick out Halloween costumes, and make Halloween treats. Today I am joining with bloggers of Kid Blogger Network to share one of our favorite Halloween books and a recipe for most delicious chocolate cupcakes ever.
Easy and delicious chocolate cupcakes with 6 basic ingredients Disclosure: I am an Amazon associate and this post contains affiliate links. For full disclosure, please click here and thank you for supporting my blog!

The Picky Little Witch

Picky Little Witch Do you have a picky eater? Then you will enjoy The Picky Little Witch by Elizabeth Brokamp beautifully illustrated by Marsha Riti. The main character of the book is spookily similar to my own Smarty who is apt to start a fuss when unfamiliar dish is prepared and served. Just like Little Witch in the story, sometimes my daughter is surprised to find that she likes the dish, after all. There is a fun twist about Mama Witch learning a thing or two about trying new foods when she goes trick-or-treating with her daughter.

Easy and Delicious Chocolate Cupcakes

The Picky Little Witch book contains a recipe for Halloween soup, but my daughter was not in the least interested in it. Instead, as every Saturday, she was begging me to bake something. This time she had a specific idea in mind. She adores everything chocolate, and she asked me if we can make “brownie cupcakes”. I have to admit that I am not a fan of cupcakes, and I’ve never heard of brownie cupcakes. But, like Mama Witch in the story, I learned a thing or two this weekend by doing a search for brownie cupcakes. I only bake from scratch and prefer recipes that don’t require involved preparation. Here is a modified recipe of Brownie Cupcake recipe from All Recipe site – my 7 year old daughter could complete all the steps on her own, but I supervised and poured melted chocolate in.
  • In a small saucepan, melt 1 cup of chocolate chips (we used Ghirardelli semisweet chocolate chips) and 1 cup of butter.
  • Whisk together 4 eggs and 1 1/2 cup of sugar.
  • Add 1 tsp of vanilla extract and 1 cup of flour.
  • Add family “secret ingredients” – our secret ingredients are a pinch of cinnamon and 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper.
  • Fold in melted chocolate/butter mix and whisk together. Your batter will be very liquid.
  • Heat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Pour the batter into the medium size cupcake cups. Each cup should be about 2/3 full, and the recipe will make 18 cupcakes.
  • Bake for 30 minutes – they should rise to full cup and be very soft. I was amazed with how well they rose without any baking powder.

Rum Glaze

Disclaimer: Obviously, every family has its own rules about alcohol and alcohol in recipes. This post assumes that you are OK in using small amount of alcohol in recipes. My husband perfected his glaze recipe for his signature coffee cake, but I modified it a little bit for cupcakes. All you need to do is to mix together:
  • 1/2 cup of powdered sugar
  • 2 full TBS of cocoa powder
  • 2 TBS of melted butter
  • 2 TBS of rum
My daughter really wanted to try to pipe it as icing. It didn’t quite work well, since the glaze is pretty thick and didn’t come out in fluffy waves that she envisioned. She had to resign herself to glazing the rest of cupcakes.

Want More Ideas for Halloween?

This post is part of an AWESOME Halloween Read and Play Blog Hop.  Make sure to check out the other activities from fantastic bloggers!

Preschool Powol Packets- Room on the Broom- Croaking Frog Craft
Betsy's Photography- Popcorn- Making Popcorn Bars
Where Imagination Grows- 5 Little Ghosts- Ghost Collages
Rubberboots and Elf Shoes- Skeleton Hiccups- Paper Chain Skeleton
Little Bins For Little Hands- ABCs of Halloween- Sensory Bin
Line Upon Line Learning- The Spooky Old Tree- Prepositions Game
Wise Owl Factory- Bunnicula and others- Halloween Book Fun Learning Round Up
Planet Smarty Pants- The Picky Little Witch- Halloween Cupcakes

Don't forget to check out the Halloween Read and Play Pinterest Board which features ALL these great activities!

Your Turn

What’s your favorite Halloween Book?


maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Your cupcakes sound delicious, and that book looks cute!

Ticia said...

I'm a big fan of brownies, but not chocolate cake, which my husband can never really understand. I'm certainly willing to give it a try.

Emma @ P is for Preschooler said...

What a cute book - and those are some yummy-looking cupcakes! (Chocolate is always good, lol!)

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

With a post title like that, we'll have to give the cupcakes a try...we might try rum flavored extract in the glaze :)

Tiffany Hudson said...

These sound delicious! And easy enough that I won't mess them up. :)

Gude @HodgePodgeCraft said...

These sound amazing!
I am certainly not averse to a very small amount of alcohol (especially if it results in a longer nap) ;)

Thanks for sharing at #Pintorials