Goblin Chocolate Tootsie Roll Cupcakes

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I found a package of candy eyeballs that were so cute I just had to buy them.

And what better way to use the eyeballs than to make Goblins and scary trees out of them!

The Goblins that top these cupcakes are made with Tootsie Flavor Rolls and chocolate coating.  The combination of these flavors taste so good together, not to mention that these cupcakes are super chocolatey and delish.

Although I made the cupcakes and frosting from scratch in this recipe, you could certainly use cake mix in a box, and the pre-made frosting if you prefer.

Happy Halloween!

Let’s check out the ingredients.

For the cupcakes:

For the frosting:

For the Goblins and Scary Trees:

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Here’s how to make it.

For the cupcakes:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients.  Set aside.

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In a medium size bowl, combine the eggs, milk, canola oil, and vanilla extract.

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Whisk together the egg mixture.

Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients.

With a large spoon, stir all of the ingredients together a few times so that the flour and cocoa powder don’t create a huge dust storm in your kitchen when you use a mixer.

Beat the mixture on medium speed for about 2 minutes.

Pour in the boiling water (an easy way to heat the water is in a mug in the microwave).

The actual recipe calls for an entire cup of boiling water but I cut that amount in half.  I’ve tried the full cup of boiling water before and each time the cupcakes are a bit sunken in the middle after they’re baked.  I have better luck with just ½ a cup of the boiling water.

Stir the water into the mix.  I just happened to have a whisk handy but you could use a large spoon if you prefer.

Line the cupcake tin with paper baking cups.

Pour the batter in a Pyrex measuring cup with a pouring spout, or any other type of container with a pouring spout (this makes it easier to pour the batter into the paper baking cups).

Fill the baking cups just a bit more than ½ full.

The recipe calls for filling the baking cups 2/3 full but I have better luck when I fill the cups a bit less than that.

I’ve found that if there is too much batter in the baking cups, the batter tends to run outside of the baking cups pretty easily when baking since the batter is on the thin side.

Bake at 350 F. for 22 to 25 minutes.

Let cool before adding the frosting.

The frosting can be made while the cupcakes are cooling.

For the frosting:

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Melt the butter.

Add the cocoa…….

…..then give it a stir.

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Alternately add the powdered sugar and milk, beating on medium speed to spreading consistency.

Add more milk if needed.  Stir in vanilla.

Frost the cupcakes and set aside.

For the Goblins and scary trees:

To make the Goblin faces, unwrap the Tootsie Rolls.

Then, with your fingers flatten out the Tootsie Roll into a rounded rectangle-type shape.

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Then with the tip of a knife make small holes for the eyes and nose.

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Next, make a small cut for the mouth.

Lastly, gently stretch it out to make a ghost-like face.  Set the Goblin faces aside on wax paper.  I didn’t use wax paper for these goblin faces but  I should have.  They came off the plate just fine with the help of a small knife but wax paper would work best.

Spread another piece of wax paper over a cookie sheet.

Put the candy coating in a small bowl and melt it in the microwave for about 30 seconds.

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Use the back of a small spoon to spread the chocolate on to the wax paper in an oval shape that is a bit larger than the Goblin faces.

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Then lay a Goblin face over the chocolate and gently push it down so the chocolate seeps through the eyes, nose and mouth.

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Then add the eyeballs.

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Repeat this process for each Goblin face.

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It’s okay if the chocolate seeps out of the eyes unevenly, imperfection is perfect for these scary Goblins (what a minute, did I just say that imperfection is perfect…..that doesn’t even make sense).

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I left off noses for some of them just to make them more creepy.

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If you have extra chocolate you can make scary trees with eyeballs randomly placed in the branches.

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When you make the trees, try to add the chocolate on the wax paper on the thick side so when you remove them, the branches and the trunk won’t break off.

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The one in the middle isn’t even a tree, it’s more like a bat….or maybe it’s a scary bat tree.

Let the chocolate Tootsie Roll Goblins and scary trees cool for about 15 minutes.

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Then, gently pull them from the wax paper and stick them into the frosting that’s on top of the cupcake.

BOO!

Enjoy!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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Goblin Chocolate Tootsie Roll Cupcakes

Yield: Makes about 30 cupcakes

Ingredients:

For the Cupcakes:*
2 cups sugar
1 ¾ cup flour
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
½ cup canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ cup boiling water

For the Frosting:*
½ cup butter (1 stick)
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Goblins and Scary Trees:
15 Tootsie Roll Flavor Roll Candies (Various Colors)
8 ounces Chocolate Candy Coating (4 squares of Almond Bark)
60 candy eyeballs
Wax Paper

*Cupcake and frosting recipe adapted from Hershey’s “Perfectly Chocolate” Chocolate Cake and Frosting

Directions:

For the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Set aside. In a medium size bowl, combine the eggs, milk, canola oil, and vanilla extract. Whisk together the egg mixture. Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients. With a large spoon, stir all of the ingredients together a few times so that the flour and cocoa powder don’t create a dust storm in your kitchen when you use a mixer.

Beat the mixture on medium speed for about 2 minutes. Pour in the boiling water (an easy way to heat the water is in a mug in the microwave). Line the cupcake tin with paper baking cups. Pour the batter in a Pyrex measuring cup with a spout, or any other type of container with a spout (this makes it easier to pour the batter into the paper baking cups).

Fill the baking cups just a bit more than ½ full. Bake at 350 F. for 22 to 25 minutes. Let cool before adding the frosting. The frosting can be made while the cupcakes are cooling.

For the frosting: Melt the butter. Stir in the cocoa. Alternately add the powdered sugar and milk, beating on medium speed to spreading consistency. Add more milk if needed. Stir in vanilla. Frost the cupcakes and set aside.

For the Goblins and scary trees: To make the Goblin faces, unwrap the Tootsie Rolls. Then, with your fingers flatten out the Tootsie Roll into a rounded rectangle-type shape. Then, with the tip of a knife make small holes for the eyes and nose. Next, make a small cut for the mouth. Lastly, gently stretch it out to make a ghost-like face. Set the Goblin faces aside on wax paper.

Spread another piece of wax paper over a cookie sheet. Put the candy coating in a small bowl and melt it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Use the back of a small spoon to spread the chocolate on to the wax paper in an oval shape that is a bit larger than the Goblin faces.

Then lay a Goblin face over the chocolate and gently push it down so the chocolate seeps through the eyes, nose and mouth. Then add the eye balls. Repeat this process for each Goblin face. If you have extra chocolate you can make scary trees with eyeballs randomly placed in the branches.

Let the chocolate Tootsie Roll Goblins and scary trees cool for about 15 minutes. Then, gently pull them from the wax paper and stick them into the frosting on top of each cupcake.

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12 Responses to “Goblin Chocolate Tootsie Roll Cupcakes”

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    Tina@flourtrader — October 31, 2011 at 4:26 am

    These ghoulish cupcakes are a perfect treat for today-happy halloween! The cupcakes look so rich and moist, I would love to have one. You really did make them festive- love the spooky faces and the use of tootsie rolls here is a very creative idea. Well done!

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    • CouponClippingCook — October 31st, 2011 @ 9:03 am

      Hi Tina, thank you very much. Happy Halloween!

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    Ann — October 31, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    You are SO clever! I am always amazed at the fun, delicious treats you come up with! Happy halloween!

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    • CouponClippingCook — October 31st, 2011 @ 10:51 pm

      Hi Ann, thank you very much and Happy Halloween to you too!

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    anna — October 31, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Wow! Chocolate cupcakes with choco frosting and Tootsie Rolls! Heavenly! This a creative way of presenting Halloween treats. Love the trees the most! Thanks for sharing your pictures too…

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    • CouponClippingCook — October 31st, 2011 @ 10:52 pm

      Hi Anna, thank you!

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    Lindsay @ Schnoodle Soup — November 1, 2011 at 8:15 am

    These are, by far, the cutest Halloween treats I’ve seen. Love your creativity!

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    • CouponClippingCook — November 1st, 2011 @ 8:48 am

      Hi Lindsay, thank you very much!

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    Kari@Loaves and Dishes — October 3, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    These cupcakes are adorable, sorry I mean terrifying. Love them.

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    • CouponClippingCook — October 3rd, 2012 @ 10:49 pm

      Hi Kari, so glad you like them. Thank you for stopping by!

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    Meliss — January 18, 2014 at 4:20 am

    My son turns five next week and has had his eye on a spooky cupcake birthday cake – I love your ideas – we don’t have tootsie rolls in Australia but I think fruit candy (chewy starbursts) will work… he is going to love his haunted cake!! Thanks for your excellent photo step by steps, makes it so easy

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    • Nancy — January 18th, 2014 @ 11:43 am

      Hi Meliss, so glad you like these scary cupcakes. Love your idea to use the chewy starburst…the colors are perfect. Sounds like your son is going to love his haunted cake! Happy Birthday a few days early to your son! Thank you so much for stopping by.

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