A creamy chocolate cupcake with a dash of mascarpone frosting and cotton candy on top. A treat that throws high eyes at Halloween.
This cupcake recipe is a basic recipe that you can always use when you want to make chocolate cupcakes. And that also applies to mascarpone frosting. Nice on a vanilla cupcake, but also good to combine with chocolate. Two basic recipes in one.
But to make this cupcake extra special, I topped a little cotton candy on top of the mascarpone frosting. I colored the frosting gold for a dramatic effect and I dressed it up with some black (fake) spiders (which you naturally remove before you actually eat it). For a nice effect I sprinkled some golden sprinkles on the cotton candy, because then it literally really lights up.
It's a good taste!
Recipe Spider cupcakes with mascarpone frosting and
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Spider cupcakes with mascarpone frosting and cotton candy
- hot air oven or bottom and top heat oven (in that case you increase the temperature indicated in the recipe by 20 degrees Celsius)
- muffin / cupcake tin
- 12 paper cupcake baking cups
- Pastry bag with tip
- 4 tablespoons cocoa
- 75 ml hot water
- 150 grams self-rising flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 120 grams butter
- 180 grams sugar
- 2 eggs size M, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 tablespoons sour cream
- 200 ml cream
- 200 grams mascarpone
- 50 grams powdered sugar
- dye optional
- colored sugar optional
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius
- Put the cupcake paper forms in the tin.
- Mix the cocoa with the hot water until you get a smooth paste.
- Melt the butter with the sugar in a saucepan over low heat.
- In a bowl, mix the butter mixture for about 5 minutes at medium speed with the mixer.
- Add the egg, vanilla and cocoa paste.
- Set the mixer speed to low.
- Add the flour mixture and mix until just added.
- Finally add the sour cream.
- Divide the batter over the cupcake tins.
- Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, let stand for 5 minutes, and then remove them from the baking tin.
- Allow to cool further to room temperature.
- Put the whipped cream in a bowl and mix with the mixer until it is stiff.
- Optional: if you want a colored frosting add the desired color to this step. Make it a little more intense than you want, because you will mix the cream with mascarpone and that will soften the color a bit.
- In a second bowl, mix the mascarpone with the powdered sugar until well blended.
- Add the whipped cream to the mascarpone mixture and mix with a spatula until done.
- Put the frosting in a piping bag and pipe a tuft of frosting on each cupcake
- Put some cotton candy on the frosting and garnish with a spider (do warn everyone that the spider is not edible).
- Optional: sprinkle some colored sugar on the cotton candy