Frightfully Delicious Chocolate Cupcakes

Level: Intermediate
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 22 min
Cooling Time: 30 min
Yields: 20 cupcakes

Description

Fun and Frightfully Delicious Chocolate Cupcakes are perfect for Halloween trick-or-treat sweets.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels, divided
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup Halloween candy corn (about 40 to 50 pieces)
  • 1 container (16 oz.) prepared white frosting

Directions

PREHEAT oven to 350º F. Paper-line 20 muffin cups.

MICROWAVE 1 cup morsels in small, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; STIR. The morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted.

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat sugar, pumpkin, oil, milk and eggs in large mixer bowl until smooth. Beat in melted chocolate. Stir in flour mixture. Spoon into prepared muffin cups, filling 2/3 full.

BAKE for 22 to 27 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes; remove to racks to cool completely. Frost cupcakes and top with pieces of Candy Corn Bark.

FOR CANDY CORN BARK AND FROSTING:
LINE
baking sheet with wax paper.

MICROWAVE remaining morsels in small, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; STIR. The morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted.

POUR onto prepared baking sheet. Spread into 8-inch square. Sprinkle with candy corn. Tap sheet several times to settle candy corn into chocolate. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until firm. Break into 20 pieces.

COMBINE frosting with red and yellow food coloring in medium bowl to create orange colored frosting, if desired. Frosting may also be left white.

TIP:• Bark can be made the day before hand and kept in the refrigerator.

These were a hit!

by B. Bethany , Massachusetts on Feb. 2010

I made these for a small gathering for halloween. They were so good my guests had me make them 2 more times within the month!

Excellent Recipe

by M. Michelle , Green Bay, WI on Nov. 2009

This recipe is excellent and easy to make. My son's loved them. Best chocolate cake ever! Will make again.

Yummy

by B. Becky , Astoria, OR on Nov. 2008

I made these cupcakes for my kids on Halloween, and they loved them. They are really moist and chocolate it is hard to eat only one.

Mmmmmmm!

by A. ANGIE , ROCK HILL, SC on Oct. 2008

I just baked some of these today and I LOVE the results! I used orange icing for the top instead of the chocolate/candy corn. I put halloween-themed candy on the top of each. I yielded about 30 cupcakes. They are so moist & delicious! The perfect flavor combination! Yummm! I definately plan to use the cake recipe in the future (valentine's day etc!) Thanks!!

Frightfully Fun

by C. Carol , Sherman, TX on Oct. 2008

This was delicious and well received. Decorated a bit more with corn candy, Nestle's chocolate chips, and other flavors as well. They even looked frightfully delicious. FUN! Thanks Nestle's.

These are Scrumptious!!!

by A. Angela , Central, PA on Oct. 2008

I just made these today and this recipe is out of this world. They taste so good and moist! I actually doubled the recipe and instead of doing the chocolate bark, I just got a pumpkin mellowcreme and put it on the top. I also liked that this recipe used pumpkin....definitely adds the moisture to the cupcake. Will definitely make again!!!

Frightfully FUN

by L. Lina , Santa Fe Springs, CA on Oct. 2008

I made these for my daughters 2nd Grade class. They loved them and my daughter loved helping me make them.

Frightfully Delicious Chocolate Cupcakes.

by M. Mitzi , Chambersburg, PA on Oct. 2008

These were very, very yummy and of course CHOCOLATE!!

Bake Sale Item

by C. Cynthia , Selma, NC on Oct. 2008

I used this recipe for my daughter's writing club bake sale. It was easy and a great hit. (I was the only one to use the Halloween theme.) They went like hot cakes. Thanks for the recipe and the inspiration to use this recipe for a bake sale item.

Amazing Cupcakes

by p. patricia , Lufkin, TX on Oct. 2008

These was easy to make and very moist.My kids help me make these and have fun with them.I taken them to school and all the kids just love them.The mother wanted the recipe for them.I definatey will be making them again.