Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Healthier Spider egg cupcakes

That sounds gross, spider egg cupcakes. But I assure you they were amazing, wonderfully chocolaty, and pretty dense (they even feel heavy in your hand). You technically could use your favorite box cake mix and just decorate the tops like I did but I urge you to try the recipe for these healthier chocolate cupcakes, the sour cream is amazing! Amazing I tell you! Plus, since I used egg beaters I didn't feel the slightest bit bad about licking the heck out of the spatula, bowl, and beaters!

Here is the recipe:

3/4 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cups of egg beater
1 cup sugar (or splenda if you want, I am personally banned from baking with artificial sweeteners, per Nick)
3/4 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup lite sour cream
sugar pearls
white frosting
dark chocolate frosting
food coloring

Preheat your oven to 350 and prep 12 muffin cups with liners.

Then in a small bowl mix the first 4 ingredients. In a separate bowl cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer set on low. If you are creaming for the first time do not be afraid, it is perfectly normal for the butter and sugar to resemble a crumbly mess. Do not worry, persevere through the crumbles and you will be rewarded with creaminess.

Then, with your mixer on low add the egg beaters, 1/4 cup at a time. Then you need to slowly add half of the dry ingredients. Just add some, blend until moist, and then add a little more. After you've got half of it in there throw in the sour cream and mix it in well. Then slowly add the rest of your dry ingredients.

Fill cupcake wells 3/4 of the way full and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Then walk away, and forget about them for a couple of hours, until they've cooled.

Frost your cupcakes with the dark chocolate frosting (I used store bought). Then blend some white frosting (about 1/4 cup) with food coloring to make orange. Place it into a pastry bag (or zip lock with the tip just barely cut off) and pip a dot onto the center, then pipe a circle around the dot, followed by a larger circle. It should look a little like this:
Then place the point of a toothpick on the center dot and lightly pull it to the edge of the cupcake. Repeat that a few times and you've got yourself a spider web. Then place a few pearls in the center for your spider eggs. Then eat one with your family and have a long internal debate over whether or not to keep the remaining 9 cupcakes for yourself or send them to work with your husband. Enjoy!


  1. Hi Whitney =)

    Saw your post over at the Cake Slice Bakers. I too am new to the group and will be baking along with everyone for the first time this month. These cupcakes look great!

    BTW, congrats on such a beautiful family. I'm sure they enjoy your love of baking.

  2. Thank you, and yes, my husband reminds me regularly that he is very thankful that I can cook and bake, lol.