This recipe is a variant, loosely, on the Splendid Spice Cake recipe. With… changes.
For one thing, I reduced the overall sugar just a touch. And I took the liqud back a bit, to allow for the addition of carrots. I customized the spice blend to favor carrot’s innate flavors, which included the addition of just a pinch of cayenne. I also swapped out vanilla for orange blossom water, something you don’t have to do if you don’t keep that in your pantry. If you do, it’s a very subtle but wonderful addition I highly recommend.
These work nicely as unfrosted muffins, or with cream cheese frosting. I really love the skull cake pan, but be sure to grease and flour it well!
The recipe makes about 24 cupcakes, or 12 cupcakes and 6 skulls, since the skulls are larger than the cupcakes are. If you don’t frost them, you can treat them like muffins and they go really well with coffee. Like King Harv’s Blanket Fort blend (shameless plug here! I don’t get anything from King Harv, but I am part of the Live! from the Blanket Fort team and we’re all pretty thrilled about this coffee.) which is a medium roast with personality and great flavor. Just like the podcast…
For either cupcakes or the skulls, don’t overfill. This cake has enough leavening to keep it a light, rich, moist cake. Which is lovely to eat, and does expand!
And of course, I have to pay the cat tax now that I have a kitten! So here’s a semi-loaf of Toast.