On a dark and stormy night, deep in the forest with only the light of the moon to guide me I found... the perfect cupcake. I've been racking my brain the past few days trying to come up with some spooky, scary Halloween recipes that don't necessarily use pumpkin (but a few do so prepare yourself!) I've also been meaning to drop off a batch of goodies to my in-patient PTs since I can kinda sorta walk these days. And one of my favorite cakes in the world is a Black Forest cake and believe it or not, I've never made one. With all these thoughts running through my brain, I decided that my best bet would be to combine them all into Deep in the Dark Black Forest Cupcakes (made especially for my super amazing physical therapists!)
|lady gaga as the evil witch in hansel & gretel (from Vogue Italia)|
1 box devil's food cake mix
1 c water
1/3 c cherry moonshine (or brandy if you can't get your hands on the moonshine)
1/2 c vegetable oil
1 can cherry pie filling
1/4 c black cherry preseves
2 c heavy whipping cream
2 tbsp confectioners sugar
splash of vanilla
1. Preheat the oven to 350 and line 2 cupcake tins. In a large bowl, prepare cake mix according to directions (mix, eggs, oil & water) subbing out 1/3 c water for the cherry moonshine. Fill the cupcake liners a little more than halfway with the batter. Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Remove to a cooling rack and let cool completely.
2. When the cupcakes have cooled, core them by cutting out a small hole nearly to the bottom but not all the way down. Make sure to keep the tops of the cake pieces you've cut out, but you can snack on the insides! In a small bowl mix together the cherry pie filling and the cherry preserves. Scoop about a teaspoon amount of the cherry mix into each hollowed out cupcake trying to make it more cherries than goopy stuff (you know, the gelatinous stuff around the cherries?) and cap it off with the reserved cupcake tops.
3. In the bowl of your mixer, whip together the heavy cream, confectioners sugar and vanilla (and maybe food coloring if you want) until you have fluffy and delicious whipped cream. Generously ice the cupcakes with the whipped cream. Garnish with some dark chocolate shavings and a cherry!