Chocolate Chip Cyclops Cupcakes

Chocolate Chip Cyclops Cupcakes image Image by: Chocolate Chip Cyclops Cupcakes image Author: Canadian Living

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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