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Adults Only Halloween Cupcakes

Updated on September 21, 2014
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Nightcat loves everything about Halloween! She’s pretty sure it is a national holiday and if it isn’t it should be.

Adult Cupcakes

Delicious with coffee, or on their own. These tempting treats would look great on your buffet table.
Delicious with coffee, or on their own. These tempting treats would look great on your buffet table.

So good they shouldn't be legal...

Once upon a time a long, long time ago Halloween or Samhain was a pagan religious festival where the departed dead were welcomed home, the future was divined and rituals were done to bring luck and prosperity for the future. The Celtic New Year belonged largely to adults though children would have helped.

Flash forward several hundred years and the tables have turned. Halloween is now secular and largely geared towards children. And while it is wonderful that children get so many good things while the ancestors join us once more, what about the adults in your life? Don't they deserve a decadent treat all to themselves?

These cupcakes will be just the thing for any adult gathering and they are truly adults only thanks to an infusion of strong coffee and the starring roles of toppings only mature foodies will love. Although you don't have to try to include every topping when you get over fifty mini cupcakes from a box of cupcake mix....

Toppings Used

Shredded Coconut

Sliced Almonds

Sea Salt

Crumbled Lay's Classic Potato Chips

Crumbled Honey Roasted Peanuts

Hershey's S'mores Crumble Topping

Instant Coffee Granules

Marishino Cherries

Hershey's Cocoa Powder

Sprinkles

Purple and Black Sugar crystals

Peanut Butter and Frosting

Curls of Hershey's Milk Chocolate

Hershey's Milk Chocolate Square

Powdered Sugar

Nutella

Confetti Topping

Black and Orange Nonpariels

Bacon

Betty Crocker's Hershey's S'mores Premium Frosting

Adults Only Halloween Cupcakes

Presenting these mini cupcakes on a tray can encourage nibbling, so have refills ready.
Presenting these mini cupcakes on a tray can encourage nibbling, so have refills ready.

You'll need:

One and one fourth cups coffee

Three eggs

One half cup vegetable oil

Betty Crocker Super Moist Cake Mix: Triple Chocolate Fudge

STEP ONE

Preheat oven to 325. Boil water and measure out two heaping soup spoons of instant coffee into measuring cup to make one and one fourth cups of coffee. Stir, put in fridge to cool. Put cupcake liners in mini cupcake pan.

STEP TWO

Combine eggs, oil, coffee and cupcake mix in blender according to package directions. By the soup spoonful, ladle into cupcake liners, aiming for about two thirds full.

STEP THREE

Bake for eighteen minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

STEP FOUR

Allow to cool, frost and add desired toppings before frosting sets. Tip: Frosting not setting due to heat and humidity? Pop your cupcakes in the fridge.

Try Some Fun Toppings

Have fun with your display, post pics to FB, and leave a link in the comments if you like.
Have fun with your display, post pics to FB, and leave a link in the comments if you like.

The nice part about mini cupcakes is that they look awesome with the cupcake toppings like colored sugar, nonpareils, sprinkles and colored sugars.

Betty Crocker Super Moist Cake Mix: Triple Chocolate Fudge

Betty Crocker Super Moist Cake Mix Triple Chocolate Fudge 15.25 oz Box (pack of 6)
Betty Crocker Super Moist Cake Mix Triple Chocolate Fudge 15.25 oz Box (pack of 6)

One box easily produces over fifty mini cupcakes that are rich, moist and delicious thanks to the wee chocolate morsels I found in the mix. Add coffee instead of water to make your eyes roll back in your head.

 

Try a Topping Station

Guest can be well, in a word, fussy. A topping station is a snap to set out. Just keep in mind to not frost until guests are ready to top. Here some tempting treats surround a cup of the wonderful crumble Hershey's is including with their new S'mores frosting.

Are those truffles?

A tepting mix of toppings compliment the Hershey's S'mores icing. There are Hershey's S'mores crumbles, shredded coconut, even sliced almonds.

Hershy's S'mores Premium Frosting

Betty Crocker, Hershey's S'mores Premium Frosting, 16oz Tub (Pack of 3)
Betty Crocker, Hershey's S'mores Premium Frosting, 16oz Tub (Pack of 3)

Two words: pure decadence. You will have guests thinking you went to an expert chocolatier for your mini cupcakes and with using Hershey's frosting you did. I honestly suggest two tub per set of cupcakes as I like to be generous with frosting.

 

Try different toppings

Herskey's milk chocolate can be curled onto cupcakes with a potato peeler. Or crumble honey roasted peanuts or potato chips for a unique topping experience.

Cocoa Powder to the Rescue

A dusting of Hershey's cocoa powder adds an enchanting bitterness that plays well on adult palates.

Hershey's Cocoa Powder

HERSHEY'S Natural Unsweetened 100% Cocoa, Baking/Beverage Gluten Free, 8 Ounce Can (Pack of 6)
HERSHEY'S Natural Unsweetened 100% Cocoa, Baking/Beverage Gluten Free, 8 Ounce Can (Pack of 6)

Still the best, this powder has endless possibilities in the kitchen. Dust onto desserts, use in baking and more.

 

Coffee Granules Add Drama

As if there wasn't enough caffeine in this dessert, adding instant coffee granules adds another dimension to this dreamy dessert.

Trick or Treat all grown up

From left to right: Frosting mixed with peanut butter, a Hershey's milk chocolate square, sea salt.

Bustelo Supreme

Bustelo Supreme Regular Freeze-Dried Instant Coffee, 3.52-Ounce Jars (Pack of 4)
Bustelo Supreme Regular Freeze-Dried Instant Coffee, 3.52-Ounce Jars (Pack of 4)

This heavenly Mexican coffee is the secret to giving these mini cupcakes a kick. Consider serving some with your tempting treats.

 

You CAN do luxe

If I can do it anyone can. Chocolate shavings, Hershey's cocoa powder, crushed honey roasted almonds, coffee granules and other toppings make this adults only plate a tempting treat for the eyes as well as a delight to the palate.

Got fussy eaters?

Some adults I polled hate frosting. Grumps. But to make those fussy folks happy from left to right: Nutella, powdered sugar, Nutella and powdered sugar. Pop these into the fridge until set. Nutella will set up to a fudge-like consistency that melts in the mouth and the powdered sugar ones taste like chocolate doughnut bites.

Nutella

Nutella, 26.5 Ounce Jar(Plastic)
Nutella, 26.5 Ounce Jar(Plastic)

Do yourself a favor and get the big jar. It works on toast, in protein shakes, on desserts and more.

 

Behold the power of bacon

Cook bacon, drain, cool., top cupcakes. Instant awesome.

Naked Cupcakes

Ever wonder what over fifty mini cupcakes look like? Now you know.

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      Nightcat 3 years ago

      Thank you so very much, Jerzimom. The support is very much appreciated! :)

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      Yum yum! Pinned and sharing on Cupcake Club on FB.

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      Nightcat 3 years ago

      @smine27: I do too, smine27! It lets guests interact more and have fun which is always a good thing. Thanks for visiting. :)

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      oh yes! love the toppings bar idea.

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: So do I, Sylvestermouse! These would be heavenly right now with some coffee. Thanks for visiting, hugs! :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      Oh, my! These cupcakes look and sound absolutely divine! I do love coffee and chocolate!

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @ghoststorylover: You'll adore them, ghoststorylover. I had them and couldn't believe I made them they are that good, you know? Thanks so much for the visit, hugs! :)

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      I love the sound of coffee cupcakes, I bet they're really good! Got to try it someday!

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @sierradawn lm: My absolute pleasure, sierradawn! I'm so happy you were able to enjoy them and they were such a big hit. Thanks so much for taking the time to visit again and leave feedback. Thanks, hugs and have a most Happy Halloween. :)

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      sierradawn lm 4 years ago

      These were the cupcakes that I could not pass up! I baked these and they turned out so sinfully delicious! Death by Chocolate! What a way to go! I did the topping bar idea. It went over big time. Everyone loved these cupcakes. The bacon topping was a huge winner! I will be baking these again for Halloween. Thank you, Nightcat!

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      David3142 4 years ago

      I suddenly feel rather hungry. Great cupcake ideas!

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Awww, thanks, awelldressedbullet! Better lick your fingers before you stick to your keyboard, lol! Thanks for the visit, hugs! :)

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @Elaine Chen: They are delish, elainechen. Thanks for the visit, hugs! :)

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @Margaret Schindel: Aww, thank you so very much, MSchindel! Thanks for the visit, hugs! :)

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @Mickie Gee: Please do, Mickie_G. And thanks so much for the visit, hugs! :)

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      Mickie Goad 4 years ago

      Yes, I like these cupcake suggestions for adults! Must try them out on my book club!

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      These look fabulous, Susan! I love the idea of using Nutella as a frosting alternative and of having a toppings bar. And tailoring the flavors to adult tastes is brilliant. Thanks for sharing!

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      Elaine Chen 4 years ago

      I love the coffee and chocolate ones :-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Oh my, my fingers are all gooey now LOL

      Absolutely delicious lens!

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @mySuccess8: Thanks so very much, mySuccess8. Thanks for visiting, hugs! :)

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      mySuccess8 4 years ago

      New ideas for cupcakes, great lens!

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @captainj88: I so agree, leahjsongs! Thanks for visiting, hugs! :)

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      These look amazing. Coffee and Chocolate--perfect pair. Can't go wrong there!

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @nickylv: That is wonderful news, nickylv! I know you'll enjoy them. Thanks for the visit, hugs! :)

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      24hourdentist 4 years ago

      Great stuff! The strong dose of coffee is right up my alley. I think there is another ingredient that could be added that would REALLY make them adults only! ;o)

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      nickylv 4 years ago

      We will be serving these. Thanks

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @24hourdentist: So can I come to think of it, 24hourdentist. Tipsy cupcakes! Thanks for the visit, hugs! :)

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @hoodave1: As do I, hoodave1. Thanks for visiting, hugs! :)

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      hoodave1 4 years ago

      There goes my diet. I love chocholate.

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @Julia Morais: Thank you, juliavm, and thanks for the visit, hugs! :)

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @UKBusinesses: I do as well, UKBusinesses. Making them at home you get more creative control and I love that. Thanks for the visit, hugs! :)

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @halfpintohoney lm: Aww, thank you so very much, halfpintohoney, and thanks for the visit, hugs! :)

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @lewisgirl: Thanks so much, Lewisgirl! I've baked for enouh parties and the like to know that everyone likes something different and a topping station can be a fun icebreaker for guests. Thanks for the visit, hugs! :)

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @English-lion: You will love them, English-lion! Thanks for the visit, Hugs! :)

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      English-lion 4 years ago

      Bacon ?!?! ..... got to try :-D

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      lewisgirl 4 years ago

      Well done! Loved the idea of a toppings station!

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      halfpintohoney lm 4 years ago

      What beautiful cupcakes. Great do it urself guide!

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      UKBusinesses 4 years ago

      These look incredible! I will definitely be trying these, I adore cupcakes

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      Julia Morais 4 years ago

      Yummy chocolate cupcakes. Love these ideas.

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @VspaBotanicals: I loved them, VspaBotanicals. I'm seriously thinking of whipping up another batch. Thanks for the visit, hugs! :)

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @notsuperstitious1: Thanks you so much, notsuperstitious13. Hugs! :)

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @BrownEyedGirl69: Indulge yourself, BrownEyedGirl69. You deserve it, hugs! :

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @nonya222: I agree, terilass. Thanks for the visit, hugs! :)

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Oh boy, am I hungry :) Excellent cupcakes!!!

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      Edith Rose 4 years ago from Canada

      They all look good.

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      BrownEyedGirl69 4 years ago

      Your lens has go me craving cupcakes.

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      nonya222 4 years ago

      Yummy! Can't go wrong with chocolate.

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @rhubarba: Thanks, minor9! :)

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      rhubarba 4 years ago

      Not the prettiest ones, but who cares. I love chocolate and these look delicious!

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @LluviaDeArte: It smelled heavenly, LluviaDeArte! You're welcome anytime the chocolate bacon cupcakes come out. Thanks for visiting, hugs! :)

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @Judith Nazarewicz: Thank you for visiting, junaz11, hugs! :)

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @SamanthaHaupt: They are, SamanthaHaupt. Thanks for the visit, hugs! :)

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      SamanthaHaupt 4 years ago

      These look delicious!!

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      Judith Nazarewicz 4 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      Heavenly chocolate! Thanks so much for sharing!:-)

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      LluviaDeArte 4 years ago

      What a wonderful smell your house must have had when you were making these. May I come over for halloween? Or specifically when the chocolate bacon cupcakes are served? Wow. Genius, deilcious, super well done lens. Thank you.

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @Erin Mellor: That sounds wonderful, ErinMellor. Hope you enjoy it, hugs! :)

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      Excellent. I'd simply never thought of pimping a box mix, the idea of using coffee instead of water is genius - genius! I may not bother with Halloween, but I'm going to play with chocolate cake next time we have a grown up evening.

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @iijuan12: Thanks so much, iijuan12! Hugs! :)

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      @anonymous: Thank you, tomwilliam99! Hugs! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      its all nice and great as visit,nice efforts

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      What a fun lens! You've made me very hungry for chocolate cupcakes.

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      cmeverything 4 years ago

      Oh my gosh, why did I have to find this lens when it's still only Friday... roll on tomorrow - CHEAT DAY = LOTS of cupcakes!

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @getmoreinfo: Aww, thanks, getmoreinfo! Hugs! :)

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      Chocolate heaven.

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @esmonaco: Thank you, esmonaco! Glad you liked them. Hugs! :)

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      WOW.... I am a chocolate lover Thanks for sharing this.

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      @anonymous: Thank you so much, peipeimon! Thanks for visiting, hugs! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love chocolate. They look delicious.

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @nicks44: Well the monitor would be calorie free, but not quite as tasty, nicks44, lol! Thanks for the visit, hugs! :)

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      nicks44 4 years ago

      Oh dear I loved them! I swear I could have eaten the monitor :))

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @smine27: Sounds awesome, smine27! Enjoy the party and thanks for the visit, hugs! :)

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      i Love this lens! Great idea for an adult party that's coming this weekend!

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @Max Globe: They are awesome, Max_Globe! They need to be chilled first to melt in the mouth, but I'm guessing freshly made would be awesome too even if it would be a bit messy. Thanks for visiting, hugs! :)

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @Michelllle: You'll adore them, Michellle. They melt in your mouth, so good! Thanks for the visit, hugs! :)

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      Michelllle 4 years ago

      Nutella cupcakes? Brilliant.

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      Max Globe 4 years ago

      I would love to taste with Nutella!

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @PlumberJorge: Thanks so much, PlumberJorge. I think if you reach through your screen you can nab one. Thanks for the visit, hugs! :)

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      PlumberJorge 4 years ago

      Delicious lens! I loved the cupcakes. It makes me wanna get off my chair and get one. :)

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I would give you some if I could, eilval! Hugs! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      So scrumptious ! Wouldn't mind having some of these cupcakes .

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @justinespeaks13: So do I, justinespeaks13. Thanks so much for the visit and comment, hugs! :)

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @writerkath: Aww, thank you so much, KathyT. It honestly took me forever to figure out what to bake. Thanks for visiting, hugs! :)

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      Awesome job on this lens! Gorgeous cupcakes, and gorgeous photos! Nice work!

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      justinespeaks13 4 years ago

      looks yummy! I love everything chocolate.

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @Usemybee: Thank you very much, Usemybee. Visiting my lens makes me want to whip up another batch. Thanks for the visit, hugs! :)

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @Diaper Bag Blog: Awww, thanks, stajo82. They are very addictive. Thanks for the visit, hugs! :)

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @mina009: Thanks you so much, mina009! Thanks for visiting! Hugs! :)

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      mina009 4 years ago

      Gorgeous cupcakes!

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      Stanley Green 4 years ago from Czech Republic

      Wow... Your chocolate cupcakes look so yummy!!! I gotta go for some chocolate now! :)

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      Usemybee 4 years ago

      It looks good, even if today is not Halloween.