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Brain Cupcakes

For Halloween this year I decided to make some yummy and creepy brain cupcakes.  These were rather easy to make and had such a fun look to them.  I used a simple chocolate cupcake recipe and paired it with a quick and easy-to-make butter cream frosting.  I hope you enjoy these as much as the rest of us did.

 

Chocolate Cupcakes

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons butter, softened

1 1/2 cups white sugar

2 eggs

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with paper or foil liners. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa and salt. Set aside.  In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition, stir in the vanilla.  Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk; beat well. Fill the muffin cups 2/3 full.  Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.  Let cool completely before frosting.

 

Butter Cream Frosting for Brain Cupcakes

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

1 pound (1 box) powdered sugar

1 teas vanilla

3-4 tbls milk

In large mixing bowl cream butter.  Add vanilla and 3 tbls milk, mix well.  Slowly add powdered sugar, mixing well.  Add additional milk if needed to achieve thick consistency that holds its shape well.  To get a creepy brain color add 1 drop red food color and 1 drop green food color.  Alternatively you can also use some grey food coloring paste.  Use a pastry bag fitted with a medium round tip to pipe a brain pattern on each cupcake.

 

 

Brain Cupcakes

Brain Cupcakes

 

 

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Halloween Cocktails

It’s Thursday and cocktail time here on My Breakfast At Tiffany’s!  Since this weekend will be filled with Ghouls, Goblins, Vampires and Witches, I decided to post some Halloween inspired cocktail recipes.  The easiest way to create spooky cocktails is to use black vodka.  It should be available at your local liquor store, but if you can’t find it, then stick to some of these other creepy drinks!

Blood Sucker Cocktail

1 1/2 oz Bacardi O

1/2 oz Cointreau

2 oz pineapple juice

drizzle of grenadine

In cocktail shaker with ice combine Bacardi O, cointreau, and pineapple juice; shake well.  Pour over ice in a cocktail glass.  Drop a couple drops of grenadine onto inside of glass to create spooky bloody drizzles.

Blood Sucker Cocktail

Blood Sucker Cocktail

Black Devil Martini

2 oz dark rum

1 oz dry vermouth

black olives on a toothpick

Shake dark rum and dry vermouth with ice in a cocktail shaker. Pour into a martini glass rimmed with orange sugar. Garnish with black olives.

Black Devil Martini

Black Devil Martini

Almond Joy Martini

1 oz chocolate flavored vodka

1 oz Frangelica

1 oz coconut rum

Combine all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Pour into a chilled martini glass and let the kid in you enjoy!

Almond Joy Martini

Almond Joy Martini

Screwed-Up Screwdriver

1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange or tangerine juice

1 1/2 oz black vodka

1 black licorice twist, for serving

Place ice in a tall glass and pour juice in to half way up the glass. Pour vodka over the back of a cocktail spoon into glass so it sits on top of juice and creates a layer of blackness. Slice 1/4 inch off each end of licorice, and use as a straw.

Black Vodka Cocktails

Black Vodka Cocktails

*All of these and more can be found on MarthaStewart.com and fineliving.com

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Let’s Celebrate: October Food Holidays

Halloween isn’t the only thing to celebrate in the month of October.  Luckily nearly everyday of the year is some sort of national food holiday, and October is filled with some of my favorites!  I try to celebrate some of my favorites each month, but since October snuck up on me this year, I’ve already missed one of my favorites:  October 1st is national homemade cookies day!  I guess I’ll be a bit late on that one this year!  Here is a list of some of my favorite October food holidays, so get to the kitchen and start celebrating!

October 1st: National Homemade Cookies Day

October 2nd: National Fired Scallops Day

October 4th: National Vodka Day

October 8th: National Fluffernutter Day

October 9th: National Moldy Cheese Day

October 14th: National Chocolate-Covered Insects Day

October 17th: National Pasta Day

October 18th: National Chocolate Cupcake Day

October 21st: National Carmel Apple Day

October 25th: National Greasy Foods Day

October 28th: National Chocolate Day

October 30th: National Buy a Doughnut Day

October 31st: National Candy Apple Day — Happy Halloween—

Pick out your favorites and let’s celebrate!!

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