Little Monster Cupcakes

    2 hours 5 minutes

    Mini cupcakes are usually just the right size for most kids. These little monster cupcakes are easy to make with orange frosting and a grass tip.

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    Serves: 24 

    • Chocolate Cupcakes
    • 1/2 cup (120 ml) milk
    • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
    • 115g unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • 1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla sugar
    • 2 large eggs
    • 3/4 cup (105g) plain flour
    • 1 tablespoon plain flour
    • 1/2 cup (45g) unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon bicarb soda
    • 1 pinch salt
    • Cream Cheese Frosting
    • 1 (125g) package cream cheese, softened
    • 55g unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 cup (160g) icing sugar, sifted
    • 2 drops orange food colouring
    • 48 small candy eyeballs
    • 2 pieces dried mango

    Preparation:45min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:1hour5min cooling  ›  Ready in:2hours5min 

    1. Combine milk and vinegar in a bowl. Let stand until milk curdles, about 5 minutes.
    2. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease a 24-cup mini muffin tin or line cups with paper liners.
    3. Combine 115g butter, white sugar and vanilla sugar in a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
    4. Mix 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, bicarb and salt in a bowl. Alternate adding flour mixture and curdled milk to the creamed butter mixture, mixing until batter is well blended. Spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling each 3/4 full.
    5. Bake in the preheated oven until tops spring back when lightly pressed and a toothpick inserted in the centre of 1 cupcake comes back clean, about 14 minutes. Cool in the muffin tin for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, about 1 hour.
    6. Combine cream cheese and 55g butter in a bowl; beat with an electric mixer until well combined. Mix in vanilla extract. Stir in icing sugar gradually. Colour frosting orange with a few drops of food colouring.
    7. Place orange frosting in a pastry bag fitted with a grass tip. Hold the pastry bag at a 90-degree angle 5mm above the surface of a cupcake. Squeeze bag to form orange 'fur' by pulling tip up and away when the icing strand is about 1/2 inch high. Repeat to cover cupcake evenly with fur.
    8. Add 2 eyes to each cupcake. Cut dried mango into small strips and arrange into the frosting as 'horns'.
    9. Make chocolate cupcakes:

      Make cream cheese frosting:

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