The Dead Black Velvet Bouquet

The Dead Black Velvet Bouquet - Lady Behind The Curtain

Treat your guests to a creepy but delicious treat with these double chocolate cupcakes.

Add this conversation provoking centerpiece to your Halloween dessert table.

I found the black roses with spiders, netting and the large spider at the Dollar Tree.  SCORE!

TIP:  Have your guests pull the cup from the dowel to eat.  It should slip right off.

Here’s what you need:

black container ( I used a bucket I found in the dollar section at Target)

filler ( I used Styrofoam )

black roses preferably with spiders

creepy decorations

1/4-inch dowels (6 per bouquet)

9 ounce plastic cups (6 per bouquet)

hot glue gun

black paint

black velvet cupcakes (recipe below)

black velvet frosting (recipe below)

plastic skeleton hands ( I purchased mine at Michael’s)

plastic spiders ( mine are cheap spider rings I just cut the rings part off)

Make your arrangement.  Take the dowels and cut them to the size you want.  I took them and placed them in my arrangement to pre measure the correct height.  Paint the dowels black, leaving 1 inch from the top.  This will be inserted into the cupcake.

The Dead Black Velvet Bouquet - Lady Behind The Curtain

With a heated glue gun, take the tip and slowly melt the bottom of the cup just until the glue gun makes a hole.

The Dead Black Velvet Bouquet - Lady Behind The Curtain

The Dead Black Velvet Bouquet - Lady Behind The Curtain

Insert the dowels into the bottom of the cup and through about 1 inch.  Place in the arrangement.

The Dead Black Velvet Bouquet - Lady Behind The Curtain

Place the cupcakes into the cups, insert the dowel and decorate.

The Dead Black Velvet Bouquet - Lady Behind The Curtain

These are the hands I found at Michael’s.

The Dead Black Velvet Bouquet - Lady Behind The Curtain

The Dead Black Velvet Bouquet - Lady Behind The Curtain

Black Velvet Cupcakes with Black Velvet Frosting Recipe

Makes 36 Cupcakes (6 cupcakes per centerpiece)

Ingredients

For the Double Chocolate Cupcakes:
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 cups unsalted butter
  • 2-1/4 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ounce black gel food coloring
  • 1 cup sour cream
For the Fluffy Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 2 – 8 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 4-1/2 cups Confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 ounce black gel food coloring

Instructions

For the Double Chocolate Cupcakes:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line muffin tins with 36 cupcake liners.
  3. Whisk together cocoa and hot water until smooth.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Melt butter with sugar in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring to combine.
  6. Remove from heat, and pour into a mixing bowl.
  7. With an electric mixer on medium-low speed, beat until mixture is cooled, 4 to 5 minutes.
  8. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
  9. Add vanilla, then cocoa mixture, and beat until combined.
  10. Reduce speed to low.
  11. Add flour mixture in two batches, alternating with the sour cream, and beating until just combined after each.
  12. Add food coloring, beat until combined.
  13. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full.
  14. Bake 17 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  15. Cool completely before frosting.
For the Fluffy Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting:
  1. Cream together the cream cheese and butter until fluffy.
  2. Add the vanilla and cocoa.
  3. Blend in the confectioners sugar 1 cup at a time until fluffy.
  4. Add food coloring, beat until combined.
  5. Frost either using a piping bag or just spread on. NOTE:  If making these for the bouquet I would recommend using a piping bag with a tip.  This will keep the cup as clean as possible.

The Dead Black Velvet Bouquet - Lady Behind The Curtain

 

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