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Easy Minecraft Creeper Cupcake Cake [100% Fondant Free]

Author: Roseanne Carrara, Summer of Funner

Equipment

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • 1 2/3 c all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 c cocoa powder
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 c unsalted butter softened
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • 5 ounces semi-sweet chocolate melted
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c sour cream or plain yogurt

Icing

  • 1 c unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 6 c icing [confectioners] sugar
  • 1/2 c heavy cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt or to taste

Decors

  • Wilton Green Icing Gel Colours OR Green Food Colouring Drops
  • Wilton Black Icing Gel and 1 oz Semi-sweet Chocolate melted OR Flat Squares of Dark Chocolate OR Chocolate Cookie Crumbs OR Black Sprinkles

Instructions

Cupcakes

  • Set the oven to 350.
  • Spray the cupcake tin[s] with baking spray, or grease and lightly flour, or line with cupcake papers.
  • Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and soda into a medium bowl.
  • Add salt, and set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, whip the butter for a moment.
  • Add the sugars and cream on medium until light and fluffy.
  • Gradually add the eggs and then the melted chocolate until nicely blended.
  • Add one-third of the dry ingredients and then 1/4 c of buttermilk and the vanilla and beat until smooth.
  • Add another third of the flour mixture and another 1/4 c buttermilk and beat until incorporated.
  • Add the final third of the flour mixture and the final 1/4 c buttermilk and mix on low until combined.
  • Incorporate the sour cream or yogurt.
  • Fill cupcake tins only about one-third full and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool cakes in pan[s] for 10 minutes.
  • Remove to wire rack and cool completely.
  • [Clean, re-coat or line tin, re-fill, and repeat as necessary.]

Icing

  • Place the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat for a moment.
  • Add 4 cups of the sugar. 1/4 c cream, vanilla, and salt.
  • On medium speed, beat until smooth and creamy, about 2-3 minutes.
  • As desired, gradually add the remaining 2 c sugar, 1/2 c at a time, alternating with the 1/4 cream, by the tablespoon, until the icing is of the quantity and the spreadable consistency you desire.

Construction

  • Separate Frosting into 5 equal bowls [four if you are using chocolates or sprinkles for the black sections of the Creeper Cake].
  • Using Gel or Food Colour, create 4 shades of green from light to dark. I used just the tiniest pinprick of Wilton Moss Green and Leaf Green gels to create my "Lightest Green" icing colour. I used .25-.5 tsp of Wilton Moss, Kelly, and Leaf Green Gels to create the other three shades.
  • To create the Black Frosting, mix 1 oz melted and cooled semi-sweet chocolate with the fifth portion of buttercream frosting and then added .5 tsp Wilton black gel icing colour.
  • Arrange cupcakes in a 5x5 square.
  • Following the template below, ice the cupcakes.
  • If you are using chocolates, cookie crumbs, or sprinkles to create the black portions, frost with one of the greens and use your topping over top.

Notes

Feel free to copy or print the following decoration guide: