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Friday, October 17, 2008

Vegan MoFo - Halloweegan Spider Cupcakes

I ran out of spooky inspiration for a couple of days, but now I got my second wind and I'm ready for more MoFo and Halloweegan! Spider cupcakes, anyone?

Halloweegan Spider Cupcakes

I used this recipe for the chocolate cupcakes, and a wing-it pumpkin buttercream frosting. The frosting had a very mild and pleasant flavor, but feel free to increase the amount of pumpkin if you want a stronger flavor.

Pumpkin Butter Cream Frosting

1/2 cup Earth Balance or other vegan margarine
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup maple syrup (add more to taste if you like a very sweet frosting)
1 tsp vanilla extract

1- Cream the Earth Balance with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
2- Mix in the pumpkin puree, maple syrup, and vanilla. Keep mixing for a minute or two or until smooth and creamy. This is enough frosting for 12 cupcakes.

The spiderweb design on the cupcakes is made with melted chocolate chips (You know that I like to melt my chips in the microwave, in 15 second intervals.)

1- Pour the melted chocolate chips into a pastry bag, and draw a small chocolate circle at the very top of the cupcake. Repeat with three or four more circles from top to bottom. Work quickly so the chocolate doesn't harden before you move on to the next step!
2- Take a toothpick and run it from the top to the bottom of the frosting to create the spiderweb effect. Repeat 6 times around the cupcake. The spider recipe is coming tomorrow, because I'll making more spider treats!

The fabulousness that is Sal from Alien on Toast has tagged me, which means now I have to show you the contents of our freezer:



Please note the veggie "bugers". *Dunce*. There are also tortillas, pitas, whole wheat buns, and hamburger buns in the back. (Update: the Morning Star Farms crumbles are no longer vegan!) We have fruits and veggies on the door. That's chopped celery in the ziploc bag below. We only eat some of the whole head of celery before it starts getting funky, so I just chop it up and freeze it for later.


Off to read all your MoFo-ings! :)

28 comments :

  1. GORGEOUS CUPCAKES!!!!!! Even though I'm deathly afraid of spiders (EEEEK!!!)

    You and I love our frozen produce :0)

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  2. Love the cupcakes! And great tip about freezing the chopped spinach... I can never use a bag fast enough!

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  3. These look great! I'm crazy for the chocolate pumpkin combo.

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  4. I really need to use one of your ideas to have one lonely halloween post. Cant wait to see tomorrows spiders.

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  5. So impressive! Really, you could bake professionally.

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  6. Those cupcakes are just brilliant! And I'm sure they taste so good - chocolate and pumpkin is such a great combination. How do you keep coming up with this stuff?

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  7. Ever since I saw it, I wanted to try making a cobweb like you did now, with a toothpick... Maybe now I'll be brave enough this Halloween!

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  8. I just love what you're doing for Vegan MoFo this year - the cupcakes look awesome! My daughters entire halloween lunchbox will be comprised of your recipes - so cool!

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  9. I hate spiders but these cupcakes are adorable! I love the idea of a pumpkin frosting too, so yummy!

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  10. 'fabulousness' - ha I like that!! :)

    Beautiful cupcakes.

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  11. HEYYY!!!
    Just found your blog...=)

    It's wonderful!! And the cupcakes are SO BEAUTIFUL even though there are spiders on them...hah :))

    looks amazzzing!!!

    If you have some time pls visit me on my new blog =D I'll be SO happy!!

    www.agnesworldofveganpleasures.blogspot.com

    Have a great weekend..

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  12. Your freezer looks like the POSTER CHILD freezer.. mine looks like... well... let's just say I'm not gonna post a picture (yet) but it might motivate me to clean out and inventory :D

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  13. Woah, those are WAY cuter tha any cupcakes I've ever made. I can't get over the little webs!

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  14. those cupcakes look delectable. i've been craving pumpkin all day and have no canned pumpkin in the house!

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  15. I love your idea for pumpkin buttercream. And your cupcakes look cute!

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  16. oooh nice decorations! the frosting sounds divine!!

    i love looking into freezers :) i think i havea freezer fetish :D

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  17. Your feezer looks pretty organized!

    Spider cupcakes? I need to find some kids and invite them over to have a hallovegan party!

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  18. Ohhh these are just wonderful. they're begging me to take a bite out of them.

    *nom nom nom*

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  19. pumpkin butter cream frosting??! seriously sounds like the best thing on earth...i was gonna tag u for the freezer thing bu uve already been tagged! awesome post and I want those cupcakes delivered to my house asap ;)

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  20. Pumpkin buttercream frosting?! Holy MoFo!! Must. Make. NOW.

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  21. i just love your cuppies! the spiders are just too adorable!

    your freezer is the neatest ever! i had no idea you could freeze chopped celery...........now i'm off to chop up some celery we have that's about to get a little funky! thanks, River! :D

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  22. yum!!! i love pumpkin + chocolate together. i can't wait to make the pumkpkin buttercream!

    and love the freezer pictures and pointing arrows. i think this is a really fun idea! (especially for vegans/vegetarians)

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  23. love the spiders, the cupcakes, the freezer pics, all of it!

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  24. ...and thanks for the celery tip, never thought of freezing it!

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  25. Your freezer is ridiculously organized. I don't meant that it is organized ridiculously, just that it is so freaking neat and clean! You rock.

    I love pumpkinniny things. The frosting on these cupcakes would hit the spot!

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  26. I love a spider cupcake. that web technique is my fave.

    I was expecting to see some halloweegan items in your freezer. nary a chocolate spider was found...

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  27. Gonna have to give the pumpkin frosting a try for my pumpkin-crazed kiddos.

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