Fun fact of the day: At one point in my life, I was a singer. If you asked me to sing today, you might find that impossible to believe, I blame it on all the chlorine fumes from my swimming days. According to Blair, I still have a great voice, but really I think he just tells me that so I will be more apt to sing duets with him. I think it has happened one time over the course of our relationship.
In seventh grade, I happen to play the role of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz for my school’s very first musical. It was so much fun to be a part of and I was honored to have had the lead. When I saw these cute cupcakes, it brought back all of those fond memories of my acting/singing days. I have also been reminiscing in my classroom, since we have been practicing retelling on our Retelling Yellow Brick Road. (Clearly this has led to me singing Ding Dong the Witch is Dead over and over again in my head.) These would obviously be perfect for the upcoming Halloween holiday, but also for a little girl’s Wizard of Oz party. Throw some red glitter on those shoes and you would be in business.
I decided to go ahead and make these, but with a recipe for two chocolate cupcakes, one for the hubby and one for myself. They were delicious and hit my chocolate craving over the weekend. If I were going to make an entire batch, I would probably use this chocolate cake recipe instead. While this particular recipe was not an all time favorite, it will serve me very well when that chocolate craving hits which I hate to admit is more times than not. The assembly of these legs are so easy and my mom helped me out by cutting out the shoes with her Cricut. This will be the only Halloween inspired treat that I will be sharing, so I hope you enjoy it. Halloween has never really been this girl’s thing.
Chocolate Cupcakes for Two
3 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda (just eyeball half of a quarter-teaspoon and it will be fine)
1/16 teaspoon salt (otherwise known as a pinch)
2 tablespoons cold water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/16 teaspoon vanilla (ie, just a few drops)
1 tablespoon chocolate chips (optional)
For the witch legs:
Your choice of frosting, tinted green
Black striped straws- I have gotten mine from Bake it Pretty and Shop Sweet Lulu
Shoe cut outs
What you’ll do:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Whisk all the dry ingredients together in a small bowl. In a spouted measuring cup, combine the water, oil, and vanilla. Add the dry to the wet and stir until combined, whisking well. Divide batter between two cupcake liners (I measured out about 2 tbsp. per cupcake) and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Bake for 18 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Allow to cool before frosting.
To assemble the witch legs, cut a striped straw in half. At the top of each straw end, glue on the shoe cut outs, make sure you do a right and left foot. Trim off a little more from each straw for it to fit into the cupcake nicely. Insert the witch legs on an angle.