Thursday, October 1, 2015

Spooky Black Widow Martini and Cupcakes

Happy Thursday friends! Hope your weeks are going great! Getting into the Halloween Spirit, I have to share with you something that just sends a chill up my spine, are not just spiders, but the very dangerous and deadly Black Widow. She creeps and crawls, closer and closer to your heart, and then
just like that she...Wait. thank goodness you're not a male spider, or she would eat you alive!!

I couldn't resist both these fun recipes!

The first is for the Black Widow Martini.
 It sure carries a sting and a seriously delicious Chocolate Orange flavor!
 Made with Vanilla and Chocolate Vodka, Kahlua and Grand Marnier,
it is sure to Party Pleaser!

The second recipe is for my Black Widow cupcakes.
Ever since I can remember Almond Joys have been candy of choice!
Now it's my turn to take a bite out of a Black Widow,
made with Coconut Almond cupcakes, Almond Joys, whipped Chocolate Ganache, 
and Black Licorice.

For the Martini (Makes 2):
First chill a Martini glass. Run a lime around the edges. 
Coat edges with Red Sugar crystals.

In a Martini shaker, pour 
4 oz. cold espresso
2 oz. Vanilla Vodka
2 oz. Kahlua
1 1/2 oz Chocolate Vodka
1 1/2 oz Grand Marnier 
Shake to combine. Pour into martini glass.

For the cupcakes: (adapted from Life,Love and Sugar)
1 2/3 cup all purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup unsalted butter
3 egg whites
1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup whole milk
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. coconut extract

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line muffin pan with cupcake liners.
2. Cream butter and sugar. Scrape sides of bowl down.
3. Add egg whites, one at a time and beating each until well blended.
Do not over mix.
4. Scrape bowl down. Add extracts and yogurt.
Mix until blended.
5. In separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and baking soda.
6. Add half of the flour mixture to the butter mixture.
7.  Mix until blended. Scrape sides down.
8. Add milk and remaining half of the flour mixture. Mix until well blended.
9. Spoon into cupcake liners a little more than half way.
10. Bake for 18-22 minutes.

For the Icing:

I used the Whipped Chocolate Ganache recipe from my Harvest Carrot Cake.
Using (affiliate) Wilton ColorSwirl 3 Color Coupler, 411-1992 ,

I divided the Icing into 3 equal parts.
1 I tinted Black
1 I tinted Red,
Keeping one the original Chocolate Ganache.

Then on top of the Cupcake I added a Snack Size Almond Joy, used Black Licorice for legs.
If you can find the Twizzlers Pull Apart Black Licorice.
Finally, I added Red Sparkle Gel for The Black Widow's Diamond of Death!

Here I saved a cupcake for you!
Take a Bite if you Dare!
(insert spooky laughing out loud)

Until next time!

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  1. Hi Christine,
    Wow your martini and cupcake both look so good. Just what I love and happy October.
    Enjoy the rest of the week.
    Julie xo

  2. Oh, I need to have a party, just to serve that martini! Fabulous! :)

  3. So creative! But I admit that the spider on the glass would creep me out, lol!

  4. Such creative ideas! Thanks for sharing at My Flagstaff Home!


  5. My husband loves throwing adult Halloween parties. Those martinis need to be on our list to make! Of course I love the cupcakes too!

  6. Oh the Black Widow Martini sounds very potent. Will be making this for a Halloween party. Pinned! Thanks for sharing with us at #Throwback Thursday link party. Please join us again next week and invite your friends to join. Have a great wek.

  7. Everyone needs a spooky cocktail. Complete with a cupcake and I am happy!! Thanks for bringing a great recipe to the round up. I am honored to be in your company!!

  8. I can't decide which I like best, this yummy cocktail or the lovely cupcakes! What a treat they both would be! I love the flavours you have used here - perfect for Halloween entertaining! Pinned and sharing. Thank you for bringing these delicious Halloween recipes to the Hearth and Soul Hop. Hope to see you again this week!

  9. Martinis are my weakness - thanks for sharing and so happy to be collaborating with you! :)

  10. I love this and will be featuring this week! Thanks for sharing on My 2 favorite Things Link Party!! Come back again!! Pinned!

  11. Oh can I have one of those martinis now? It sounds so good!

  12. What a neat idea! So spooky!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  13. Yummy Spooky great drink for a Halloween Party! Stopping to let you know you are being featured for this weeks Spooktacular Linky this week! Sharing on Social Media today!