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Garlic Cupcakes to Keep You Safe From Vampires This Halloween

On a dark night, just a few days until Halloween, an innocent, unsuspecting cupcake baker sat down to eat her latest creation.

Little did she know that a vampire lurked in the shadows.

The vampire was particularly interested in the cupcake baker, for her blood was extra sweet from eating lots of cupcakes.

The vampire drew closer. The cupcake baker noticed and panicked (but just for a moment).

Suddenly, things went black and white.

But, the cupcake baker had nothing to fear. The cupcake that she was eating was a garlic cupcake and everyone knows that garlic wards off vampires (unless they are Twilight vampires like Edward that you wouldn’t want to ward off).

Yes, that’s a chocolate covered garlic clove that you see on there.

The vampire dramatically fell to her doom.


Should you want to protect yourself from vampires this Halloween (which I highly recommend), the garlic cupcake recipe is below. While the cupcakes are deathly for the undead, humans are surprisingly fond of them. Several mortals claimed that the combination of flavors (chocolate, coffee, and garlic) actually worked quite well together. “We liked the garlic cupcakes and were surprised to find that a little hint of garlic actually does work with chocolate!” said taster Hao.

The garlic in the cake isn’t all that strong, but it does leave you with garlic breath. The garlic in the frosting, however, is quite intense. Jonathan said that the frosting would be great on pasta. I’ll post a video review from Bride and Groom 3.0 later in the week (I’m not expecting them to choose this one for their wedding, but you never know).

Garlic Cupcake Recipe

Garlic Cupcakes to Keep You Safe From Vampires This Halloween

Yield: 18-20 cupcakes

Garlic Cupcakes to Keep You Safe From Vampires This Halloween

Ingredients

    Cupcake Ingredients
  • 2 C flour
  • 1 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 3/4 C unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 C sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 C sour cream
  • 4 1/2 oz bittersweet chocolate
  • 2/3 C brewed coffee
  • 8 cloves roasted garlic (see my post on how to roast garlic, but skip the part about covering it in chocolate)
  • Garlic Coffee Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 C unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 C powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 t garlic powder
  • 1 t ground coffee

Instructions

    Cupcake Instructions
  1. Whisk flour, baking powder, and baking soda in a bowl.
  2. Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl for 1 minute, until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in eggs and sour cream.
  4. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave.
  5. Mix the chocolate into the wet ingredients.
  6. Alternately fold in the flour mixture and coffee into the batter.
  7. Mash garlic cloves and mix into batter.
  8. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.
  9. Bake at 350 F for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out of the cupcake clean.
  10. Garlic Coffee Cream Cheese Frosting Instructions
  11. Beat cream cheese and butter until smooth.
  12. Slowly mix in the powdered sugar.
  13. Mix in the garlic powder and ground coffee until integrated.
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Credits

Special thanks go out to makeup artist Jennifer from Looks by JLW for doing the makeup for this shoot. Our vampire would not have been nearly as spooky without it. Jennifer did an awesome job and, more importantly, she was willing to try the garlic cupcake and even liked it.

Thanks also go out to our vampire, my friend Christina, and, of course, my awesome in-house photographer!

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9 Responses to Garlic Cupcakes to Keep You Safe From Vampires This Halloween

  1. Kelly October 26, 2009 at 10:53 am #

    Hmmmmm. I’m usually pretty open minded when it comes to flavors, but this one doesn’t sound immediately appealing to me. Guess I may have to try it and see.

  2. Mama Schoon October 26, 2009 at 10:55 am #

    Lol thanks for the tip. I was very worried about warding off vamps this season… Do you think there will ever be a cupcake to prevent zombie attacks too?

  3. Amanda October 26, 2009 at 11:10 am #

    Weeeird. But I’d try it! I made chocolate chili cupcakes for my friends/family this summer and they freaked out at the unexpected spicyness of the chocolate cake. I have a feeling they would similarly react to garlic breath from chocolate cake. :) So… I just won’t ask them.

  4. Little Miss Cupcake October 26, 2009 at 12:15 pm #

    I don;t know if I’ll be trying the garlic cupcakes but just had to write cause I so loved your pics and lurking vampire! Very cute!

  5. Ivy October 26, 2009 at 1:43 pm #

    You’re so funny!

  6. Christina October 26, 2009 at 1:54 pm #

    I was mentioning to Stef how funny it is that I’ve totally gotten to trust her as a cupcake baker. It’s only when other people react to her flavor combinations that I remember that they may cause fear and consternation in the hearts of some. :)
    I thought the cupcakes were great. And thanks for the opportunity to play dress up!

  7. jociandi October 26, 2009 at 2:27 pm #

    You are great! :) )))

  8. Martha October 26, 2009 at 6:09 pm #

    Ha! I love this post!

  9. Nancy October 26, 2009 at 6:32 pm #

    What a fabulous post! Hope there’s a cupcake left. Christina is a gorgeous vampire.

  10. La Pastry Chef October 26, 2009 at 9:48 pm #

    Favorite line of your post:
    “The garlic in the cake isn’t all that strong, but it does leave you with garlic breath.”

    You are daring with this recipe. I love that.

  11. Carrie October 27, 2009 at 6:59 am #

    Garlic cupcakes? Hmmm. My family is all about the garlic. This one I make need to try for giggles…

  12. CaptainCanuck October 27, 2009 at 4:56 pm #

    Hauntingly creative post! A+

  13. David October 27, 2009 at 5:33 pm #

    Fantastic post.

  14. Rylan October 28, 2009 at 8:55 am #

    Love the pics! FABULOUS!

  15. LOUDnPROUD♥MÓKneeKah October 28, 2009 at 9:01 am #

    great pics! garlic cupcake sounds very interesting but fitting for the season.thanks

  16. danazia October 29, 2009 at 10:17 am #

    This was great! Love the pictures and the daring cupcake recipe! We are growers of garlic and I will have to try this recipe. Thank you so much.

  17. Shmii October 30, 2009 at 1:04 am #

    Hilarious post :) I like the pictures a lot. But as far as garlic and chocolate…I’m not so sure? I’m not as big a fan of garlic. Perhaps ginger?

  18. Olga October 30, 2009 at 12:46 pm #

    Awesome post! I am not sure if I will try this, but vampires are deadly good. :)

  19. Matteo Fagin October 30, 2009 at 6:09 pm #

    How is your breath afterwards, is it really garlicky?
    Happy Halloween!

  20. Stef November 3, 2009 at 7:53 pm #

    Matteo – Yes, it does leave you with garlic breath. :)

  21. Heidi October 26, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    My cupcakes are about to go in the oven now! I can’t wait to taste the final result and bring them to a halloween party tonight!!! :) Love this!

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