Luke and I were looking at Pinterest a couple of weeks ago and he saw these ghost cupcakes from The Cupcake Daily Blog. (I’d love to connect with you on Pinterest – I love sharing my favorite recipes and other gems from around the blogosphere!) He was so darn excited. He had to have them. So, like any momma who loves the heck out of her little man, I made them. But, I had to figure out a few things first.
I wanted that really light, ghost-like frosting which I knew would take some trial and error. I knew my cream cheese frosting was too heavy. I started out with the whipped chickpea liquid I’ve seen around the internet. It whips up just like the recipes say it will, but it wasn’t quite what I wanted. I know people say it doesn’t have a bit of bean-taste, but there’s a flavor in there that wasn’t as clean as I wanted. I think it’d make a great chocolate topping but I didn’t love it as vanilla. I may play around with it and change my mind. We’ll see.
Next, I tried a whipped gelatin type frosting. No dice. It didn’t hold up as well as I wanted. So, I decided to try a meringue frosting. Instead of using eggs, I used Just Whites. It’s a pasteurized egg white powder I use it when I’m making frosting for kids. Pasteurized egg whites are safer for kids than raw egg whites.
I opted for maple syrup instead of honey or coconut sugar. The maple syrup is sweet without adding any competing flavors, and it whips up white and fluffy. My kids ate it out of the bowl with a spoon.
The cupcakes are so good – the crumb is perfect. And they’re kid-friendly. Don’t get me wrong, grown ups will love them too. But, these cupcakes are sweet and chocolately in a way kids love.
My boys had so much fun with these cupcakes. These are the kind of memories I want them to have – having fun creating food in the kitchen with their mom.
Have fun with these! After Halloween you can pipe a swirl or whatever suits your fancy. And, if you’re looking for a friend for the Ghost Cupcakes check out my Mummy Cupcakes. They’re so cute!
And, yep! Luke made his way into my photo shoot and quickly took over. The pics were done at that point, so Luke got to decorate all of the ‘ghostes’ his way.
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