Black Cat Pumpkin Cupcakes
Perfect for a spooky Halloween night...or just when you need a deliciously sweet spiced pumpkin cupcake!
Servings: 16 cupcakes
Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting
1. To make the cupcakes. Preheat oven to 350° F. Line 16 cupcake molds with paper liners.2. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or use a hand-held mixer) beat together the coconut oil, brown sugar, vanilla, eggs, and pumpkin until combined. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin spice. Mix until smooth and no lumps remain in the batter.3. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared pans. Bake 18-22 minutes, until the tops are just set and no longer wiggly in the center. Remove and let cool.4. To make the frosting. In a stand mixer, beat together the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla. Add the 1 tablespoon activated charcoal or a couple drops black food coloring. Beat until the frosting is light and fluffy, 2 to 4 minutes more.5. To make the cat’s ears. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spoon the melted chocolate into a ziplock bag and snip off a small portion of the corner of the bag. Pipe 2 small triangles, filling the triangles in with chocolate. Submerge 1 toothpick into each triangle. Sprinkle gold sugar over the chocolate, then draw a line with the chocolate tracing the triangle. Sprinkle the outside chocolate with black sugar. Repeat this process to make 16 sets of ears.6. To make the cat's eyes. Draw 2 small dots with the white chocolate. Sprinkle each with gold sugar and add 1 black sprinkle in the center of each eye. Repeat this process to make 16 sets of ears. Place ears and eyes in the freezer to harden for 15 minutes.7. Meanwhile, either frost the cupcakes with a knife or use a small star piping tip to pipe the frosting onto each cupcake. Sprinkle each cupcake lightly with black sugar. Add 1 dot of frosting in the middle of the cupcake for the nose.8. Grab the ears and eyes from the freezer. Stick the ears into the side of the cupcake, then place the eyes into the frosting. Cut the licorice into small 1 inch strips and place them on either side of the nose as whiskers.