Chocolate Mummy Cupcakes

Who’s watching you?  Is it ghosts and goblins?  If you’re lucky, it’s these Chocolate Mummy Cupcakes!

Who's watching you? Is it ghosts and goblins? If you're lucky, it's these Chocolate Mummy Cupcakes!Boo!  With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to turn our attention to the spooky and the creepy.  I seriously love this stuff!  Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays.  It’s the unofficial start of the holiday season.  (Santa is finishing up his sled repairs as we speak!)  Halloween is also a great excuse to dress up in a fun costume.  

Robbie is still a little too young to understand Halloween, but I’m thinking we’ll need some father + son partner costumes in the future.  Say maybe Dr. Evil and Mini-Me (à la Austin Powers)?  Thing 1 and Thing 2 (à la Cat in the Hat) would be easy options.  Or maybe I can convince Laura to dress as Morticia, and we can all be the Addams Family.  Like I said, I really get into Halloween!

Who's watching you? Is it ghosts and goblins? If you're lucky, it's these Chocolate Mummy Cupcakes!But one of the things I don’t love about Halloween?  Spooky movies.  I’m all about a good suspense movie or even a scary cartoon.  But horror movies?  No thank you, very much.  I tried to watch Scream the other day in the middle of the afternoon.  I got creeped out and had to turn the channel.  Scream!  We’re not even talking the modern horror movies with much improved special effects.  We’re talking old school horror movies.  And I still couldn’t do it.

Who's watching you? Is it ghosts and goblins? If you're lucky, it's these Chocolate Mummy Cupcakes!We have a large backyard bordered by a bunch of trees in the back of our property.  It’s super quiet in the neighborhood, and it’s also nice and dark.  In fact, that’s one of the things that really drew us to this house.  Every night before bed, I step out on the back porch with the dogs while they do their business.  No big deal.  But if I’ve seen anything even remotely scary on tv, then I totally get freaked out.  The trees out back start looking at me all funny-like.  And then I start to hear strange noises.  In reality, I know there’s nothing there…but that doesn’t keep me from running upstairs quickly once I turn the backyard lights out.  (It’s the same as when I was a little kid and the monster under the basement stairs would try to grab my feet!)

Who's watching you? Is it ghosts and goblins? If you're lucky, it's these Chocolate Mummy Cupcakes!While I might be afraid of the trees looking at me at night, I certainly don’t mind these Chocolate Mummy Cupcakes looking at me.  Heck, these guys can look at me all they want.  9am…7pm…3am…it doesn’t matter to me.  I won’t complain one bit about a Chocolate Mummy Cupcake as a midnight snack!

Who's watching you? Is it ghosts and goblins? If you're lucky, it's these Chocolate Mummy Cupcakes!I actually had a blast making these cupcakes.  (What can I say?  I love to bake!)  They’re essentially chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting, but I made a batch of marshmallow fondant to use for the “mummy strips.”  Marshmallow fondant is a fun way to decorate cakes and cupcakes…and it tastes way better than traditional fondant.

This marshmallow fondant does dry out fairly quickly, but you can always mix a bit more shortening in if needed.  These Chocolate Mummy Cupcakes would also be a fun project for the kids to decorate.  Just cut the fondant strips for them and let them decorate their own cupcakes.  Drop a couple of candy eyes in there, and you’ve got one spooky (and delicious) Halloween treat!  Enjoy!

Who's watching you? Is it ghosts and goblins? If you're lucky, it's these Chocolate Mummy Cupcakes!

Chocolate Mummy Cupcakes

Who’s watching you?  Is it ghosts and goblins?  If you’re lucky, it’s these Chocolate Mummy Cupcakes!
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Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 462kcal

Ingredients

For the Cupcakes

  • cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate melted

For the Frosting

  • 3 oz. unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ - 2 Tbsp milk
  • Tbsp cocoa powder
  • cups powdered sugar
  • 4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate chopped

For the Marshmallow Fondant

  • 4 ounces mini-marshmallows (note: do not substitute regular-sized marshmallows!) ~2 cups
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable shortening

To Decorate Cupcakes

  • Candy eyes sold at craft stores

Instructions

For the Cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Line muffin tin with paper baking cups; set aside.
  • Using a large bowl, add dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt); stir until well combined.
  • Add milk, oil, vinegar and vanilla; stir until smooth. Add melted chocolate and stir until well combined.
  • Divide batter evenly between 12 muffin cups.
  • Bake for 19-21 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out mostly clean. Let cupcakes cool before frosting.

For the Frosting

  • Using an electric mixer, beat butter for 2 minutes, or until smooth.
  • Add vanilla extract, milk, cocoa powder and powdered sugar; mix on low speed until well combined.
  • Melt baking chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Pour melted chocolate into frosting and mix on low speed until well combined.
  • Increase to medium speed and mix until light and fluffy.

For the Marshmallow Fondant

  • Place marshmallows and water in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1½ minutes.
  • Stir until all marshmallows are melted. (Tip: If necessary, microwave the marshmallows for another 15-20 seconds after stirring.)
  • Once marshmallows have melted, transfer mixture to the bowl of a countertop mixer with the dough hook attached. Add powdered sugar and vegetable shortening. Mix on medium-high speed until well combined. (Note: Rather than looking like a traditional frosting, this fondant should be thick and pliable…almost like a bread dough.)
  • Lightly dust countertop with powdered sugar. Transfer fondant onto countertop and roll until ~¼” thick. Using a pizza cutter, slice marshmallow fondant into strips ~3”x½” strips.

To Decorate Cupcakes

  • Once cupcakes have cooled, frost tops with frosting. (Tip: The frosting will be covered with the marshmallow fondant, so it doesn’t need to look pretty.)
  • Layer strips of marshmallow fondant across tops of cupcakes, leaving a narrow strip open for the eyes. Place 2 candy eyes on cupcakes.

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42 Comments

  1. Hi David! These little mummies can visit me any time! Your fondant does sound good unlike regular fondant which looks great, but the taste…not so great! As for horror movies, bring them on. I have always loved horror movies and books (you know I’m a big fan of Stephen King)! I think you guys would be great as the Adams Family!

    1. So I actually like Stephen King books…well, back when I actually had time to read. In fact, I read The Shining when I was in 6th grade. The book was bigger than me at the time! But movies? Uh, no thanks. I’m a total scaredy-cat when it comes to actually seeing things. Unless we’re talking about mummy cupcakes. In that case, I’ll gladly look at them…as I eat the whole tray! 🙂 Thanks, Dorothy!

  2. Hahaha – David, if these mummy cupcakes start looking at me at 9am, I guarantee they won’t be around to keep looking at me at 3am cos they will be in ma belleh! I’m gonna show my lack of dessert knowledge right now by saying I’d never heard of marshmallow fondant before – so intrigued by it and cannot wait to experiment with it! Thanks my friend!
    By the way, so glad to know that am not the only grown (physically at least) person who still gets the heebie-jeebies after watching a scary movie – especially after the sun has set!

    1. Yes! That’s how to solve getting creeped out at 3am. Just eat the offending cupcakes at 9am. (Assuming we can turn the offending ghost or ghoul into a cupcake!) Marshmallow fondant is a pretty cool thing. I came across it years ago. It tastes WAY better than ‘real’ fondant, and you can make it at home for pretty cheap. Time to decorate a cake this weekend! (You can color small batches of the fondant, too…)

  3. These mummy cupcakes look perfect! And I’m definitely intrigued by the idea of marshmallow fondant, since I agree that eating regular fondant is about as exciting as eating sugared paste. I’m the same way about watching scary things on TV and then going outside with the dog…the worst is when she also sees something and starts barking. Don’t stick around to bark, let’s just go IN already!

    1. Thank you so much, Mara! I actually had a LOT of fun making these cupcakes. Something different, ya know? Regular fondant is kinda blah, but marshmallow fondant is quite fun. And you can pull off a bit and add gel coloring to it, too. I’ve used it to cover a whole cake before, but it’s been a few years now. And, yes, YES to the dogs barking in the middle of the night…what are you barking at!?!

    1. Yes! I’ll have to work on getting some photos of Robbie and Dad in costume. I gotta figure out what costume to put Robbie in. He has a hand-me-down dog outfit from his cousin, so that might be a winner! Thanks so much, Linda! 🙂

  4. I thought that I didn’t like to watch scary stuff, but when I was thinking about it the other day, I may actually not mind as much as I thought. I watch ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ and ‘The Strain’. But certain scary shows or movies freak me out and I really have to be in the mood to watch. Scream, to me, is a little funny. A little odd ball scary, ya know? Now, having said that, I probably still wouldn’t watch by myself, lol 😀
    Coordinating costumes? Now, that would be adorable!! I’m sure that will definitely happen one day. And these cupcakes? How cute! Just love those little eyes pepping out. My niece and nephew would love these….then again, so do I 😉 Pinned!

    1. I know! I thought Scream would be odd-ball funny enough, too. But I still creeped myself out watching out. And it was in the middle of the afternoon! I just don’t like to be surprised…and Laura loves reminding me of that. But then I remind Laura that she better be nice or I’ll just take all of the mummy cupcakes down to the curling club. Haha! 🙂 Thanks, Dawn!

  5. Aren’t you going to collect some treats instead Robbie? I think you should totally do it! I mean, what’s the point to miss the year or few waiting until Robbie can handle this by himself, right? If you don’t need the candy, you can still collect them and send to me. And horror moovies – you should try some. My favorite one is Children of the Corn. Wait, always confuse the name – sure it’s called Children of the Lavender Field:) Exceptionally scary. Watch it. And first pass me these lovely cupcakes, please. I mean, trick or treat, David! Boo.

    1. Yeah, you are definitely on to something here, Ben! Robbie will still be too young to go collect treats this year…so I might just have to dress up and do it for him. You know, just to be nice. Of course, he can’t eat the candy either. So I might just have to eat it for him, too…just to be nice. 🙂 Funny story: One of my high school friends was in Children of the Corn II. But I think Children of the Lavender Field would be WAY scarier. Like I could never look at lavender the same way again… 🙂

    1. Yeah, I can’t do horror shows…but I do love watching a good ghost show. I get freaked out even by those, but I like how there is a chance that maybe…just maybe…they’ll actually see a ghost! Thanks, Dawn!

  6. Hahha I’ve never seen the need to watch a movie that is going to haunt you and scare the living crap out of you. Just don’t get horror movies and never will be. These cupcakes are so cute!! What’s the little man going to be this year?? I am very excited to go on our first trick or treating!!! I even have a wonder woman tshirt ready for our Justice league 🙂

    1. Preach on, Z! I can’t do the horror movies, either. But get this…I love me a good ghost show! You know, the ones that are all over the travel channels on tv. I record them and watch them later, and I totally creep myself out doing it. But I like hearing about the historical facts associated with each place that is supposedly haunted.

      Oh man, you guys are going to be the cutest Justice League ever!! Little man is probably going as a dog…hand me down from his cousin. I think he’s still a little young for it this year, but next year it’ll be on like Donkey Kong! (Hmmm…there’s an idea! We could dress as Donkey and Diddy Kong. Haha!) Thanks, Zainab!

  7. Would love to be watched by these Chocolate Mummy cupcakes topped with marshmallow fondant 🙂 Especially at midnight for a little snack … Halloween is becoming more and more of an event here in the UK as well which is lovely. Horror movies are not really my thing either – I remember how scared I was when I watched Scream when it first came out. Looking forward to see some photos of the father/son partner costumes in the future 🙂

    1. Halloween is a really cool holiday. For me, it’s the start of the holiday season, and I love the creepy and the spooky. But I just can’t do the horror. I can, however, do cupcakes…and by “do” I really mean “shove them in my face”! Thanks, Miriam! 🙂

  8. These cupcakes are adorable, perfect for Halloween. Would love to see a picture of your costumes, sounds like you guys are going to have fun.

    1. Hey there, Cheri! Thank you so much…I had a blast making these cupcakes, too! And, yes, I’ll have to remember to post a photo of Robbie and me in our Halloween costumes. Not sure if they will be coordinated this year since he’s still young…but watch out for next year! 🙂

  9. Dr. Evil and Mini-Me is my vote and I’d like photos, too. Ha! Any Bigfoot sightings in that yard of yours? Gotta love these and they definitely gave me a chuckle when I saw them. Great use of the fondant and those eyes! Hilarious.

    1. That would be a fun one! But it would involve me shaving my head…and I don’t think Laura would go for that. Haha! I’ll have to see if the local Halloween store has anything good.

      Unfortunately, still no Bigfoot sightings…other than those imposters across the street…but stay tuned! I’m not giving up the hunt yet! 🙂 Thanks, Kevin!

  10. LOL! I am not a huge horror movie fan now that I am older. I have watched my share of them in my younger years though.

    These are so stinking adorable!! Perfect for Halloween!

    1. Yeah, I was never into the horror movie thing very much. But I am into ghost shows. I love those things! Maybe it’s the small chance that there is really some truth behind it that I like…I dunno. But I can’t get enough of those shows! Thanks so much, Tamara! 🙂

  11. These Chocolate Mummy Cupcakes are almost too cute to eat… almost 🙂 A Father-Son costume will be adorable. I like the idea of Dr. Evil and Mini-Me. I’m not great with scary movies; I still haven’t seen any of the Scream movies. Now that I live alone I have a feeling I’ll continue to avoid scary movies. How could not have a blast making these cupcakes, they’re adorable.

    1. Haha…almost is the key word there! What’s the point of making cute cupcakes if you can’t smash ’em into your face? 🙂 I’m right there with ya on the scary movies, too. Let’s just ignore those and make cupcakes instead, ok? And maybe we can even eat a cupcake, too! Boo! Thanks, Mary!

    1. No, no, mate. I am NOT a fan of those movies! I can’t stand ’em. But I can stand those ghost shows on tv…I love those things. Although even those give me the heeby-jeebies when I go to let the dogs out at night. Haha!

  12. Hi David,
    I am so very fascinated with Halloween that I cannot put it in words. The fact that we do not celebrate Halloween here, makes it even more fascinating for me. Every year, I ensure that I spend this time designing some Halloween Costume ideas and T-Shirt designs for my friends.
    Though I claim that I love Halloween, I am not sure how I would feel if I am actually celebrating it. I am afraid of anything scary and horror and I must say that Halloween has a lot of Spookiness in it. I stay as much far as possible from Horror movies and so I can relate to you..
    It is holiday start at that side of the world and it is the end of holidays here in India. Cultures are so very interesting.
    BTW the spooky look is all over your Mummy Cupcakes and it looks as if it is staring at me..

    1. Hey there, Puja! I can’t imagine not celebrating Halloween. But then again, you guys have some pretty awesome festivals over there…and your festivals always (always!) involve awesome food! 🙂 So I don’t particularly like the horror side of Halloween, but I am a big fan of the spooky and creepy part of Halloween. You know, the stuff that is scary because your mind takes over and starts imagining stuff. That’s what I like! Not the all-out blood and gore stuff. Anyways, I much prefer making cupcakes any day of the week! Thanks so much for your comment…and you should try to make a trip over to experience Halloween sometime!

  13. I just recently heard about marshmallow fondant, and was curious to try it, so I appreciate the thumbs up. Why can’t you use regular-sized marshmallows, though?

    1. Marshmallow fondant is a fun one…and it tastes way better than the regular stuff. You know, I used to know about the small vs. large marshmallows. I recall learning about it back when I took some baking classes at our local culinary program…but for the life of me I can’t remember what the reason is. I do remember it making perfect sense at the time…but I can’t remember what the reason is! So I’m pretty much terribly unhelpful on that front. I think it might have something to do with the microwaving aspect. Either way, just do it! 🙂

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