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Halloween Monster Cupcakes

7
6
6
SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
31 hr 25 min
Prep
30 hr
Cook
25 min
Serves
16
Difficulty
Moderate
These cupcakes are perfect for any Halloween gathering, and they're a sure hit when kids are in the group. We call for blue, green, and purple food coloring for the frosting, but feel free to use any colors you like. And if you don't have piping bags, no worries! Just transfer the frosting to zip-top baggies and snip off a tiny piece at the corner. Voila! Instant piping bag. We also used candy eyes as a decoration on our cupcakes, but they're completely optional, too.

Ingredients

All-purpose flour

2¼ cup(s)

Table salt

1 tsp

Baking soda

1 tsp

Unsweetened cocoa powder

2 Tbsp

2% reduced fat buttermilk

1¼ cup(s)

White vinegar

1 tsp

Vanilla extract

2 tsp, divided

Sugar

¾ cup(s)

Light butter

¼ cup(s), softened

Egg(s)

2 item(s), large

Food coloring

1½ fl oz, red

Plain lowfat Greek yogurt

2 cup(s), strained

Low fat cream cheese

¼ cup(s)

Monk fruit sweetener

1 Tbsp

Food coloring

¼ tsp, each of green, blue, and purple

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare 16 muffin tins with paper muffin liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, and cocoa; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, vinegar, and 1 tsp vanilla extract; set aside.
  3. Place the granulated sugar with butter in a large bowl, and beat it with an electric mixer on high speed, until light and fluffy. Reduce the speed to low and add the eggs, one at a time, until well-incorporated. In 3 stages, alternate adding the flour mixture and the buttermilk mixture until just incorporated. Add red food coloring and mx just to combine Be sure to not over beat the batter.
  4. Fill each liner ¾ of the way up and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry, about 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool the cupcakes for 5 minutes in the pan, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. To make the frosting, in a large bowl, combine the strained yogurt, cream cheese, remaining 1 tsp vanilla extract, and monkfruit sweetener. Beat until well combined and creamy. Divide the frosting into 3 smaller bowls and add food coloring to each to create three different colors. Transfer the colored frostings to individual piping bags and chill for 1 hour.
  6. Once the cupcakes have cooled and the frosting is chilled, decorate your monster cupcakes using different sizes and shapes of piping tips, as desired, and top with eyeball candies, if desired.
  7. Serving size: 1 cupcake