Remember how hard this game was? These cupcakes are much easier. Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting, donned with two types of cookies. Win.
Seeing as it’s close to Halloween, we’re going to go with festive cupcakes! The associated game, Ghosts n’ Goblins. One of the very first NES games I ever played, and one of the hardest.
Admittedly, the gravestones in Ghosts n’ Goblins only have scribbles on them instead of “RIP”. Or do they?
See, you just have to squint a little. *cough*
2 cups all purpose flour (not cake flour)
2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup water
1 cup milk
4 ounces melted unsweetened baking chocolate
Ingredients for the toppings:
Two packages of Milano cookies
Bag of chocolate cookies (I used Double Stuff Chocolate Oreos)
Small tube of black piping gel
Can of chocolate frosting (I like the Whipped kind)
You will need a lot of bowls.
Two dozen cupcakes. Not dinky cupcakes either.
Pre-heat the oven to 350.
Get some boiling water going in a large pot. Place the chocolate cubes in another bowl, and then put that bowl into the pot with the boiling water. Ta da, cheap double boiler. Do not microwave the chocolate to melt it. It will be burnt and be stinky. Not burnt popcorn stinky, but it’ll still be pretty bad.
Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. Mix everything else in another bowl.
While the chocolate’s still melting, break out the gel and begin writing. If you botch a letter, wipe it off and flip the cookie vertically to try again. Because half the cookie will get pushed down into the cupcake, no one will ever know of your writing mistakes. This step may sound like it takes a lot of time, but it’s really not that bad at all. It took less than ten minutes to write on two dozen cookies.
When the chocolate is done melting, add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix. If you like to sample the batter, you will notice that it’s a little too sweet at this point. Add the chocolate. Behold that any taste tests at this point will find that the sweetness has been balanced.
Line the cupcake sheet with paper liners and pour to about two-thirds full.
Pop into the oven for 20-25 minutes. You can test to see when the muffins are done when stuck with a knife or a toothpick and it comes out clean.
For the delicious graveyard dirt on the cupcakes, I choose some chocolate cookies with chocolate filling. Any chocolate cookie works. I put them into a ziplock bag and began pounding away with a measuring cup. You can use any item that suits your fancy to break up the cookies. I went through 2/3 of the bag of cookies for two dozen cupcakes, so if you’re using your meaty fists to pound those cookies up, you might want to wear gloves so you don’t tear up your knuckles. Well padded oven mitts instead of gloves might work in a pinch.
Once the cupcakes are done baking let them cool. Srsly. The frosting will run if you don’t. It’ll only take 30 minutes or so for the cooldown. There are cooldowns in World of Warcraft that take longer than that.
Once cool, frost all the cupcakes. You don’t need to go overboard with the frosting, but you’ll need enough to hold to the chocolate cookies on.
Push down the cookies into the cupcakes. Don’t place the cookies close to the edge! The cupcake will break if you do. If the cupcake does crack, you can cover the break up with more frosting. No big problem there.
Take the crushed up cookies and drop them down in front of the graveyard. You’ll have to push down on them a bit.
And you’re done!