I wasn't sure how to make themed cupcakes for this show because let's face it - aliens are gross. Plus I wasn't even sure how to approach forming a six-legged creature with a funny shaped head that was the right size to fit on top of a cupcake. I started out by just trying to make them look messy. Because I'm pretty sure most alien invasions aren't very tidy. (I'm new to this whole alien thing.) You know, there are always a lot of explosions and debris involved. So after I frosted my cupcakes, I drizzled them with a dark chocolate glaze, and sprinkled them with mini chocolate chips, crushed up chocolate graham crackers (I was going for a "dusty" look), and shiny, silver sprinkles. So we've got dark chocolate cupcakes + dark chocolate mocha frosting + dark chocolate glaze + mini chocolate chips + chocolate graham cracker crumbs + and sprinkles. There's nothing healthy about these cupcakes, y'all. Because (and again, I'm new to this whole alien thing) most alien invasion aren't good for you.
Then I decided to make some little speech bubbles with quotes. I did end up making a few that had aliens on them. The thought of someone eating a cupcake with an earbug or a harness on it freaks me out a little bit, though. I'm pleased with how they turned out from a decorative standpoint, but I'm going to be honest. I didn't plan on those being eaten. The decorations, not the cupcakes. ;)
dark chocolate mocha cupcakes
Dark Chocolate Cupcakes:
makes 12-14 cupcakes
1 cup + two tbsp flour
1/4 cup + two tbsp dark cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup oil
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup strongly brewed coffee
1/2 cup milk
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a cupcake tray with paper liners.
2. Brew a strong pot of coffee, at least enough to measure out 3/4 cup. 1/2 cup is for the cupcakes, and the other 1/4 is for the frosting. (To get a strong pot of coffee, I used 3 heaping tablespoons of ground coffee and a little over 1 cup of water.)
3. In one bowl, stir together the dry ingredients: flour, dark cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
4. In a second, medium-sized bowl, combine sugar, egg, oil, and vanilla. Mix well.
5. Add milk, coffee, and the dry ingredients to the sugar mixture. Mix on low at first, and once the ingredients are mostly combined, mix on medium speed until completely combined and there are no lumps.
6. Pour batter into the cupcake liners, about 2/3 full.
7. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcakes comes out clean.
8. Let the cupcakes cool in the pan for five minutes, and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Dark Chocolate Mocha Frosting:
1 cup butter, room temp
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup dutch processed dark cocoa powder
1/4 cup strongly brewed coffee, cooled
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1. In a medium sized bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter on medium-high speed until light and smooth.
2. Add cocoa powder, vanilla, coffee. Mix on low speed until combined.
3. Next, add powdered sugar one cup at a time, mixing on low speed and scraping the sides of the bowl after each addition. Mix for another two minutes.
4. If the frosting is too thick, add coffee one tablespoon at a time until the desired consistency is reached. Do the same if the frosting is too thin, except with 1/2 cup of powdered sugar.
Dark Chocolate Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp dutch processed dark cocoa powder
3 tbsp milk
1. Combine powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and milk in a bowl whisk until completely incorporated and smooth.
2. If the glaze is too thick, add milk one tablespoon at a time until the desire consistency is reached. Do the same if the glaze is too thin, except with powdered sugar.
3. Use a spoon to drizzle glaze over frosted cupcakes.
*The speech bubbles were made with fondant and edible ink markers.
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I have tried my very best not to find out any information about this new season except for what I've seen on the commercials. I really don't like spoilers or finding things out before they happen. I did accidentally-on-purpose read an article when I was looking up pictures of the aliens from this show so I could draw them, and then I wished I hadn't read it. So, I'm looking forward to all the surprises this season. My current thoughts about it are:
I wonder what ear-bug-Hal will be like? But I don't really care as long as him and Maggie stay together. And Tom and Anne. And Ben could use a girlfriend. Everything bad happens to that kid. And Matt looks like five years older. Unfortunately, Karen is still obnoxious. I feel bad for her sometimes. I'm digging the rebel skitters' new look. It's cool that these new aliens are helping the humans, but they've got to want something in return. What's their motivation? I'm sure there's a history there. Just some thoughts!
Do you have any predictions? Leave me a comment!
EDIT: Usually I don't tweet at celebrities, but I tweeted the link to this post to a few of the actors from this show, and three of them retweeted it! (Maxim Knight - who plays Matt, Seychelle Gabriel - who plays Lourdes, and Mpho Koaho - who plays Anthony) Exciting!