Maleficent Cuppycakes!

The fun thing about baking (or cooking, I suppose!) is that it can be as intricate or as simple as you please. Sometimes I am concocting cream filling from scratch whilst whipping up my own whipped cream. Other times I’m adding chocolate pudding to a Betty Crocker cake mix and calling it innovative. It’s all about balance!

The latter, more simplistic – yet just as yummy – version is what we are working with in these decadent devil’s food Maleficent baby cakes.

I wasn’t kidding about that adding pudding to the mix bit – chocolate pudding, along with instant coffee enhance the natural flavor of any type of chocolate as well as providing an ooey-gooey texture. Simply doctor up any box of devil’s food cake mix to your liking, add black food coloring (your poop WILL be black- you (probably) are not dying) mix, separate into cupcake liners in a muffin tin, and bake according to directions!

Naked cuppycakes

Now it’s time for the fun part – piping the mountain of icing right up to Jesus (or, ya know, whoever)! Since purple and green are the Mistress of Evil’s standard colors, just whip up some butter cream (since we are going simple city with this one, pre-packaged is fine!) divide it into two containers, adding one color to each and place in a piping or ziploc bag!

I like to select my piping tip, in this case the large flower tip, cut a hole in the bottom corner of the baggie, place the tip in said corner and put the bag in a cup before adding the already colored buttercream.

The aforementioned fun part can also be the most frustrating part if you are new to dessert decorating. It took me forever and a day to get the hang of piping, but when you get it, you get it!

Always start in the middle and make sure your icing is not too warm. I like to put mine in the freezer for about five minutes before beginning so it doesn’t collapse.

After you pipe as much of that decadent frosting as your cupcake can handle, feel free to add sprinkles! For the horns, you can use fondant or molding chocolate, but I chose non-edible pipe cleaners – they are super easy to manipulate and I was able to match them up to be identical to each other!

I am not the biggest chocolate person (don’t @ me…) but I could not resist the opportunity to make Maleficent cupcakes with Devil’s food! If you love rich chocolate, you will be in heaven:)

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