My fun weekend plans:
This past Saturday morning, I woke up, packed as much as I could into my little blue car, and drove to my cousin’s house…
22 hours away.
I knew I’d be without my baking supplies but wanted to publish at least one Halloween-themed recipe before the holiday this year. Therefore, last Friday afternoon became Halloween in my Texas kitchen.
Can you guess which popular candy bar inspired these cupcakes?
Candy Bar Cupcakes
- 1 cup spelt or all-purpose flour (130g) (Arrowhead Mills gf also works.)
- 6 tbsp cocoa powder (30g) (not Dutch)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup xylitol or sugar of choice (180g)
- 1/2 cup mayo-style spread, such as Vegenaise (Or you can use this chocolate cupcake recipe.)(120g)
- 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup plus 2 tbsp water (185g)
Preheat oven to 350 F and place 12 cupcake liners inside a cupcake pan. In a large bowl, combine first five ingredients. Sift very well. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining three ingredients and whisk until the mayo spread is completely smooth. Pour wet into dry and stir until just combined. Immediately divide the batter among the cupcake liners—it won’t seem like a lot of filling, but these cupcakes rise a lot. Bake 21 minutes, then let sit 15 minutes before removing from the pan. These taste ten times more chocolatey and rich the next day, so bake the cupcakes the day before eating if possible. Store in the refrigerator.
- 120g pitted dates (jam-packed 2/3cup, or about 17 small dates)
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- level 1/4 plus 1/16 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup milk of choice
- optional, for richer sauce: 2 tsp vegetable or melted coconut oil
Blend the dates in a food processor until they’re completely broken up. (I like SunMaid dates, because they’re much softer.) Add all other ingredients and blend thoroughly until the sauce is completely smooth. Please blend the dates first or it will splatter! I used a smaller food processor for this, so if your food processor is much bigger you can double the recipe for smoother blending. Poke a hole in each cupcake and stuff with 2-3 tsp filling.
Peanut Butter Frosting:
- 1/2 cup peanut butter or allergy-friendly alternative (110g)
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar or Sugar Free Powdered Sugar (30g)
- 1/4 cup milk of choice (add 1-2 extra tbsp if using natural peanut butter)
Beat all ingredients together until completely smooth, using hand beaters if you have them. (If you must, you can stir everything together with a fork using maximum effort and patience. A Magic Bullet will also work.) Spread about a tbsp of frosting on each cupcake. You will most likely have leftover date caramel and frosting, but it’s a good idea to make the full recipes for smoothest blending. Top the cupcakes with chopped peanuts if desired.
Question of the Day:
Do you like to drive?
The only time I enjoy driving is on quiet, long and winding roads without a single car in front of me… bonus points if I’m in a convertible. Otherwise, if someone else offers to take the wheel I will happily relinquish the keys. Link of the Day:
Today is NATIONAL CHOCOLATE DAY!