Ghost in the graveyard is one of our kids' favorite outdoor games to play with the neighbors. In a world of video games and technical gadgets, I'm happy to see our kids engage in good old fashioned outdoor play. I know in a few years my kids will probably not want to go trick-or-treating or engage in these childhood games. So I created these ghost in the graveyard cupcakes as a fun reminder of my little ghost and goblin's carefree childhood days. These cupcakes are a little scary, a little playful, and a whole lot of chocolate goodness! Happy Haunting!
Cupcakes: 2 and 1/4 cups sugar; 2 cups flour; 3/4 cup cocoa powder; 2 tsp. baking soda; 1 tsp. baking powder; 1/2 cup oil; 2 large eggs; 1 cup milk; 1 cup boiling water
Chocolate icing: 2 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar; 1/2 stick butter; 3 tablespoons water; 1 tsp. vanilla; 1/4 cup cocoa powder
Ghost and graveyards: Ghosts: one package of Peeps Marshmallow Ghosts
Graveyards: One package Pepperidge Farm Milano milk chocolate cookies
Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder. In a medium bowl, combine the oil, milk, and eggs. Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients in the large mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add the boiling water. Using a spoon, stir until combines. Line a cupcake pan with liners. Fill each liner 2/3 full of batter. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Chocolate icing: Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter until light and fluffy. Add the cocoa powder, water, and vanilla. Gradually add the powdered sugar. Mix on medium speed for 3-5 minutes, or until spreadable.
Graveyards: Place a small amount of icing into a decorating bag, fitted with a small round tip. Pipe "RIP" onto the center of 12 Milano cookies. When cupcakes are cooled, pipe icing onto the center of cupcakes. Using a butter knife, cut a slit into the center of each cupcake. Insert a ghost Peep or "graveyard" into the slit.