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Halloween Ghost Cupcakes


Make some halloween cupcakes with your kids, so much fun!













Trans-fat Free, Low Sodium


For the cupcakes:
¾ cup butter, unsalted
1 1/2 sticks, cut into pieces
½ cup root beer
cup cocoa powder
unsweetened dutch-processed
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 ¼ cups sugar
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup sour cream
2 large eggs
at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the frosting:
8 large egg whites
1 ½ cups sugar
½ teaspoon cream of tartar
1 pinch salt
1 teaspoon banana extract
or more to taste
1 drop food coloring
pastel, optional
1 x -
candied eyeballs


Preheat the oven to 350℉ (180℃).

Line 12 standard muffin tins with cupcake liners or sprayed with cooking spray.

Add the butter, root beer, and cocoa in a microwave-safe bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave on HIGH until the butter melts, about 2 minutes. Stir to combine.

Meanwhile, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.

Combine the sour cream, eggs, and vanilla together in a small bowl.

Stir in the hot cocoa mixture into the dry ingredients.

Stir in the sour cream mixture just to combine, do not to overmix.

Divide the batter evenly between the prepared muffin cups, filling each one about ¾ of the way full, about ¼ cup per cupcake.

Bake cupcakes until a wooden stick or toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, 24 to 26 minutes.

Cool the cupcakes completely in the tin on a rack. Remove from liners and transfer cupcakes onto a wire rack.


Bring a few inches of water to a boil in a saucepan that can hold a mixer's bowl above the water.

Mix the egg whites, sugar, cream of tartar, and salt in the bowl by hand, whisk until well combined.

Set the bowl above the boiling water and continue whisking until the mixture is hot to the touch and the sugar dissolves, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Transfer the mixture to a standing mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and beat at medium-high speed until eggs beat up into a cool stiff meringue, about 5 minutes.

Add a few drops of desired extract and/or food coloring and lightly beat into the meringue.


Using a spoon, offset spatula or piping bag, dollop, spread or pipe about ½ cup meringue on top of each cupcake to make a ghost or monster of your choice.

Decorate with candied eyeballs or other candies.

These cupcakes can be finished 2 to 3 hours in advance and held at room temperature.

Make 12 cupcakes.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 111g (3.9 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 36634% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 21%
Saturated Fat 8g 42%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Sodium 114mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 19%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Sugars g
Protein 11g
Vitamin A 9% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 2% Iron 6%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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