Chocolate Chip Cyclops Cupcakes Chocolate Chip Cyclops Cupcakes

Image: Donna Griffith | Food Styling: Melanie Stuparyk | Prop Styling: Aurelie Bryce

Colourful and playful one-eyed creatures are a fun project when it comes time for decorating. Have a variety of candies available to dress up each monster in a unique way.

  • Portion size 18 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: October 2013

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cups butter softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 3)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon each salt and cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
Cream Cheese Icing:
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • half pkg cream cheese softened
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste food colouring
  • 90 Licorice rope (4 to 5 inches/ 10 to 12 cm)
  • 18 candy eyeballs (such as Wilton)
  • 18 jelly fruit slices or other halfmoon-shaped candies

Method

In large bowl, beat butter with brown sugar until fluffy; beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Beat in bananas and vanilla. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; stir into butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, making 2 additions of dry ingredients and 1 of buttermilk. Stir in chocolate chips. Spoon into paper-lined muffin cups.

Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven, switching and rotating pans halfway through, until cake tester inserted in centre of several comes out clean, about 24 minutes. Let cool in pans on racks.

Cream Cheese Icing: In bowl, beat butter with cream cheese until light; beat in icing sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, until smooth. Beat in vanilla until smooth. Stir in enough food colouring to tint as desired. Remove 1 tbsp and set aside; spread remainder over cupcakes. 

Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 3 days.

Using toothpick, insert ends of 5 licorice whips into each cupcake. Dab some of the reserved icing on back of each candy eyeball; adhere to jelly fruit slice. Push straight edge of jelly fruit slice into icing.

Nutritional facts per cupcake: about

  • Fibre 1 g
  • Sodium 222 mg
  • Sugars 47 g
  • Protein 4 g
  • Calories 405.0
  • Total fat 16 g
  • Potassium 142 mg
  • Cholesterol 55 mg
  • Saturated fat 9 g
  • Total carbohydrate 64 g

%RDI

  • Iron 7.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 10.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 5.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 12.0
  • Vitamin C 2.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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