DIY Halloween Treats: A Simple Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

Aashiyana Shroff , 21 Oct 2012

Aashiyana Shroff is the uber-talented pastry chef and entrepreneur of ‘Tart’. She bakes cakes, cookies, brownies, breads and anything else that one might desire. 

Aashiyana Shroff
Aashiyana Shroff

Baking has always been a passion of mine. So I always knew that I would get involved with it at some point. Tart was started because I saw a need for a high-end bakery as there weren’t too many places that offered good quality desserts. Our desserts really speak for themselves. Keep reading for Tart’s frosted chocolate cupcake recipe!

Chocolate Cupcake Ingredients
Chocolate Cupcake Ingredients

Read on for the full recipe!

  1. Before starting on the cupcakes, preheat your oven to 170°C.
  2. Add the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter (essential that that unsalted butter is at room temperature) in a electric mixer or use a handheld electric whisk, or the old fashioned way – a spoon and some hard work!
  3. Beat on a slow speed until everything is combined.
  4. Next whisk the milk and egg and slowly pour half the liquid into the flour mixture. Beat to gradually combine.
  5. Once this has nicely combined, add the rest of the egg and milk mixture.
  6. Once you can see that all the dry and wet ingredients have successfully combined to form a smooth batter, spoon into cupcake cases.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes, and leave to cool.

Now your cupcakes are ready to be frosted!

Frosted Cupcakes : ready to be Spooked
Frosted Cupcakes: ready to be Spooked


1 cup unsalted butter
2½ cups icing sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Edible food colouring (I have chosen Halloween themed colours – martian green, blood red, pumpkin orange)


Combine ingredients into mixer and whip for 5-7 minutes, until you get a smooth creamy frosting. If you are able to pipe frosting onto cupcakes using a nozzle attachment then do so! Otherwise get a knife and generously spread icing over cupcakes (there’s no such thing as too much frosting).

Coming Up!

Halloween Cupcakes
Halloween Cupcakes

We will be making some fun edible decorations: a Witches Hat, Broomsticks, Casper the Ghost, Zombie Eyeball and Witches Fingers. Stay tuned for some Spooky Halloween Treats!

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