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Do the Monster Mash

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No need to be scared of things that go bump in the night, because around these parts, in all likelihood it’s nothing more than the midnight baker, bumbling about in the kitchen.  When the witching hour struck last night, however, the midnight baker was up to some devious plot, whipping up more spooky sweets that usual…

Topped with a monstrous green swirl of frosting and those ever-popular chocolate spiders, these cupcakes are by no means horrific Halloween eats, but still perfectly fun and festive. Who really wants to eat something so faux-gory that it makes your stomach turn in the first place?

Of course, there is still one hidden surprise that’s just a touch bloody…

Strawberry “blood” filling! No, you’re definitely not going to fool anyone, but for a last-minute Halloween dessert, this assemblage can’t be beat. Just bake your favorite vanilla (or any other light-colored) cupcakes, carve a little cone out of the center with a paring knife, and trim the bottom of the cone off. Fill the hollow with a teaspoon or two of strawberry jam, and replace the top. Save the scraps for cake truffles, or have yourself a little snack.

As for that green frosting, you won’t find any nasty food coloring here- That hue is all thanks to one little avocado, and you can’t taste it one bit. Feel free to take advantage of that color and flavor it with mint, or keep it more kid-friendly with a solid dose of vanilla.  Should you need a last-minute Halloween party treat, look no further- These are simple enough to please all palates, and easy enough to whip up in no time at all.

Monster (Green) Frosting

1 Ripe, Medium-Sized Avocado
1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
1/2 Cup Margarine
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Teaspoon Peppermint Extract (or more vanilla)
Pinch Salt
2 – 3 Cups Confectioner’s Sugar

Place your avocado and lemon juice in a food processor or blender, and thoroughly puree, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary to ensure that there are no chunks of avocado remaining. Transfer the puree into your stand mixer, and add in the margarine. Cream the two fats together until smooth and homogeneous, and add in your extracts of choice and salt. Stop the machine before adding in the sugar, and begin it again on a low speed so as not to fling powder everywhere. Once the sugar is mostly incorporated, turn up the speed to high, and whip for 2 – 3 minutes, until light and fluff. Apply to cupcakes as desired

Makes Enough to Frost about 1 Dozen Cupcakes

Printable Recipe

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Author: Hannah Kaminsky

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

48 thoughts on “Do the Monster Mash

  1. This avocado frosting sounds delicious! I never saw avocado here in Ireland… I should try some halloween style for the cupcakes of tomorrow too and I have some ganache, let’s see what I can do!

  2. OMG Hannah those are so cute!! I’ve already got my cupcakes made for tomorrow (chai!) but I would so make these if I hadn’t. :) Next year!

  3. These are so cute! I like that you used avocado for the coloring. Talk about nasty food coloring, one year I used a Williams Sonoma red food coloring in a bit of frosting and it ate through the white coating on my Kitchenaid mixing blade. What’s that doing to the stomach!!!

  4. Avocado! I was wondering what was in that frosting. I’m impressed as always. I always think to myself “If she’s doing this in her 20′s..(wait…are you younger than 20?) what will her food be like in her 50′s!”

    Also thanks for the kind words about the Daring Bakers. I’m thinking once it’s January and I’m no longer teaching on the side it’s on my to do list along with taking a photography seminar.

  5. Omg, those look amazing!!

  6. Avocado frosting?! Yes please!

  7. i love that the frosting has avocado! so often frostings are just shortening and confectioner’s sugar, which kinda grosses me out!

  8. These are ADORABLE! I seriously love those little chocolate spiders, I don’t think any would make it to my cupcakes because I would end up eating them all.

    Great idea for avocado food coloring!

  9. delicious! and the avocado for food coloring is perfect :)

  10. Avocado in frosting?! Heck yes!

  11. I learned to make a raw frosting with avocado from Ani Phyo. I actually used it to top some raw cupcakes this week. It creates the perfect thick, creamy consistency for piping or spreading atop any confection-I was really impressed. I’m happy to see we are of like minds Hannah. Happy Halloween.

  12. Adorable! I bought some special Halloween cupcake liners, I must make something spooky! I’m excited to try your avocado trick, too!

  13. hannah,
    i LOVE these.

    xo
    kittee

  14. The frosting looks like it pipes very nice, love the avocado coloring idea.

  15. Great looking cupcakes! Midnight bakers are rampant over here. :P

  16. These are gorgeous! I love the avocado frosting.

  17. Sooo adorable!
    How do you always frost them so flawlessly? I always end up spreading b/c the metal thing breaks out of the bag…

  18. Oh nice darling, very cute !
    So adorable !
    I like !

    Great Job little Hannah ;)

  19. I love using avocados for frosting too, such a nice color! Those cupcakes are adorable.
    http://whatyourmommadidntknow.blogspot.com/

  20. Lovely looking cupcakes and thanks for the innovative frosting recipe:-) I like to use avocado in raw recipes a lot ,but haven’t used it as a frosting yet.

  21. These are so cute! I hate Halloween sweets that are actually scary looking but these are perfect.

  22. so brilliant! i love the red filling and spooky green frosting. *howling*

  23. I absolutely LOVE these cupcakes, Hannah! Seeing that jammy goo in the centre I couldn’t help smiling – inspired!!

  24. Very cute! My son would love these. And I agree–I don’t want to eat something that looks gross!!
    xo
    Eco Mama

  25. Too cool! I haven’t snuck any avocado into a dessert recently and I bet my son would love these made double lemon (frosting/cake). Thanks for the recipe!

  26. oh wow! avocado in frosting? i’ll have to try it

  27. Hello! I am finally back to blogging – I have missed reading your posts tremendously and I can’t wait to catch up on them! Those cupcakes look divine!!!

  28. Those are perfect for Halloween! I love the idea of the avocado frosting and can’t wait to try it.

  29. I happened to have a single avocado lying around, so I made this with lime instead of lemon and put it on sugar cookies. Yummy. I expected some kind of avocado taste, but I really couldn’t taste it at all. I love having goodies colored without food coloring.

  30. Those cup cakes are soooo cute! You’re more than talented, I just can’t find words to describe how brilliant you are. But you really are brilliant! My 11-year-old son is now a BIG fan of your blog (I’m in trouble because he wants me to make all your halloween treats but I’m not really good at baking). What should I do? Help me please, Hannah!!!

  31. Love the cupcakes! The red inside looks great. Avocado icing!? wow, that is one combination ive never heard of :)

    Rose

  32. Wow, great idea on the icing! I never would have thought to use avocado. That’s so cool you avoided using food coloring. The strawberry filling is a nice touch too. :-)

  33. Interesting using the avocado. I love the cupcakes. In the spirit of the “celebration”.

  34. I love all your Halloween treats! I wish we really had more halloween going on here, but sofar hardly anything!

  35. Adorable and delectable, how can the goblins resist.

  36. Amazing!
    I love how your color are REAL!

  37. These are adorable!

  38. Hey there stranger! Sorry I’ve been away so much. I’ve been reading you through my reader when I can though. The avocados are a great idea here for the color and the health reasons. And I bet it’s not really an issue to store these for long because I bet they just don’t last very long at all. YUM! Thanks for another great idea/recipe. :)

  39. Love the avocado coloring- I used carrots to make mine orange! The chocolate spiders are the cutest things- I’ll have to remember that for next Halloween… :)

  40. I made this the other night and my family thoroughly enjoyed it on vanilla cupcakes. Yum, and keep up the great work.

    VEGirl
    vegirlblog.blogspot.com

  41. You’re so creative and resourceful! Avocado icing sounds sooo yum!! :)

  42. These look awesome Hannah! And I LOVE that you used avocado to make the frosting green!!

  43. Wow, they’re gorgeous!!! And I love the avocado in the frosting!

  44. I love the color of that frosting! The filling is a great touch too! Happy belated Halloween!

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