German chocolate cupcakes frosted with both chocolate cream cheese and salted caramel buttercream frosting. These Chocolate English Toffee Cupcakes are the ultimate salty and sweet treat.
October has been such a blur. I remember thinking about how little the kids were last Halloween. Last year, Jovi was still a newborn in a stroller while we chased a three year old Oliver around to each house on the street. We had to repeat, “Remember to say Thank you!” after each stop. Tonight though, Mr. four year old Oliver had it down perfectly. “Trick or Treat!” and promptly, “Thank you!” would follow. That’s my little guy.
Although he’s growing so fast, he still does little things that let me know his innocence in still intact. For instance, one afternoon a ridiculously sexualized commercial for a fast food restaurant was on the television. It was a young lady eating a rather large cheeseburger in a super sensual way. There’s my son, Oliver right in front of the T.V. (with his nose two inches from the screen), large eyes and mouth wide open. He turns to my husband right after the commercial, and says, “Daddy…” . I think “Dear God, here it comes…”, but he finishes by saying,
Wickedly delicious chocolate cupcakes frosted with vibrant green and orange vanilla buttercream frosting and topped with a miniature brownie cauldron bubbling over with salted buttery caramel. These Chocolate Witch’s Cauldron Cupcakes are the perfect ghoulish treat for little goblins and witches this Halloween!
I’m gonna go ahead and say it. Everybody says it. You hear it said by everyone everywhere.
“Christmas decorations in the stores already?!”
The only thing is…I’m totally okay with it and super excited about it. Hey, I start listening to Christmas tunes when August comes around. I’m the last person you should be complaining to about the commercialization of Christmas. Sorry Linus from Charlie Brown, but I’m the gal with my Christmas tree up and decorated before you can finish saying Happy Thanksgiving! That being said, this is my last spooky cupcake post! Bring on the cinnamon, cloves, apples, and all things jolly!
Spooky Chocolate Tarantula Cupcakes that are perfect for Halloween! Super dark chocolate cupcakes topped with vibrant purple vanilla buttercream and topped with the most adorable chocolate spiders!
Last week I posted a super easy and adorable tutorial for these Ferrero Rocher Chocolate Spiders. I made my favorite chocolate cupcakes and topped them with the hairy coconut chocolate spiders. My son Oliver, who has inherited my really crazy, borderline ridiculous obsession for chocolate, still would not go near these guys. I guess no matter how delicious something is, if it has eight legs you squeal and run away. And that’s exactly what my four year old did. I just shrugged and ate his cupcake.
So…these cupcakes are no joke. Evident by the rich chocolate frosting swirled with straight dulce de leche, it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. Shield your eyes New Year’s resolutioners! This little treat is going to make you cheat for sure. I don’t know if you’ve baked much with the Alfajor cookie or if many of you have tasted one. My father is from Buenos Aires, Argentina so I grew up on these things. Along with dulce de leche and comforting Yerba Mate tea. The utterly delicious Alfajor is two soft cookies sandwiched with dulce de leche. The best kind are dipped in dark chocolate, just like the ones I used.
The particular brand I used for these Chocolate Alfajor Cupcakes was Havanna. They come wrapped in this beautiful gold foil like a little gift waiting to be unwrapped. Trust me, these will not stay wrapped once you get your hands on these. Of all the Alfajor cookies I have tried, these are by far the most delicious and moist. They bake perfectly in a cupcake. I purchased them from Gaucho Direct, an online marketplace for Argentinian goods. Here you can buy these cookies along with other goods including Yerba Mate. It’s also very easy to browse different types of Yerba Mate plucked from different regions.