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Thursday, October 2, 2008

VeganMoFo - Halloweegan - Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Spinach RIP Cupcakes

Yes, spinach. Wait! Don't leave! The cupcakes don't *taste* like spinach, I promise! Here's the thing-I don't use food coloring, so I had to search the fridge/freezer for something green that would tint my coconut.

[Enter the spinach]

I boiled down some frozen spinach in a little bit of water, and used the green cooking water as food coloring. Here are the finished cupcakes...



Sorry, I don't have an official recipe because I was in extreme Wing-it mode, but here's basically what you have to do. First, bake your favorite chocolate cupcake recipe (here's a good one). Once your cupcakes are at room temperature, make a peanut butter frosting. The frosting should be creamy but not too soft. Go ahead and spread the frosting on the cupcakes.

Now you need to make the green coconut topping. If you use food coloring, go for it. If you don't, boil down about 1/2 cup of spinach in just a little bit of water, just enough to cover the spinach. Boil for 3 to 5 minutes, stick the cooked spinach (with water and all) in a food processor or blender and liquefy on high. Make it as smooth as possible. Then using a fine mesh strainer, squeeze all the green juice out into a small bowl. Gradually add spinach juice to your dry coconut, mix well until most of the coconut turns green. I'm not sure how much juice or coconut I used, so you're gonna have to wing it too.

There you have it. Now you can stick tombstone shaped cookies on top of the cupcakes, and if you want, use some ground chocolate cookies to look like brown soil.

There, I hope all that made sense! :)

24 comments :

  1. What a fabulous idea! I would not use food coloring ever either...buttt I might not tell others it was spinach until after they gobbled up the goods ;)

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  2. Haha, absolutely BRILLIANT improv with the spinach extract :-)
    They look adorable!

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  3. I am gonna make some of these! I'm tagging them on my delicious so I don't forget! So fun.

    xo
    kittee

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  4. Those turned out great! Very impressive.

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  5. Those are great looking!

    I love using veggies to naturally dye cakes and cookies.

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  6. They look awesome and I love the idea of spinach. I'm sure they don't taste like spinach and I don't really trust food coloring!

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  7. These look amazing! Such a great idea using the spinach water!

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  8. OMG, you are SO creative! I love how these cupcakes look...

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  9. haha awesome - I LOVE those!

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  10. i'm not one for food coloring either. not only is it weird, i can taste it, too - gross! i love the idea of using spinach - it's brilliant, River! these are adorable! you are so darn creative! wheeeeeeeeeeeeee!

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  11. Him my name is River and I am a wing-it addict.

    These are to dye for(I made a funny) I to am looking to lose my food coloring, but had no blessed clue how, well here you go.

    I know Savanah will be stoked to give these a whirl!

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  12. very creative!

    thanks for the ideas :)

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  13. you are the bomb-diggity, girl.

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  14. I LOVE 'em! As I said earlier, you are definitely one of the most creative people I know.

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  15. Thank you for the super sweet comments everyone!! :)

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  16. hi babe! thanks for all the wonderful comments you leave on my blog! Can't wait to see what you will come up with next!

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  17. Spinach food coloring = ingenious!

    What positively awesome cupcakes!

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