Mini Chocolate Blackout Cakes

Decadent little nibbles of chocolate cake covered in rich chocolate glaze. This mini blackout chocolate cupcake recipe is fun for all occasions, especially Halloween!

Mini Chocolate Cupcake Recipe | #halloween #holidays #chocolate #recipeBlack Glass Dishes from Villeroy & Boch.

Who loves Halloween?

ME! Me me me me me me me me meeeeee!

The ghastly decorations, elaborate costumes, and inevitable sugar rush always spurs on some fun family memories.

Mini Chocolate Cupcake Recipe | #halloween #holidays #chocolate #recipe


I’ve got two spook-tacular surprises to share with you today, that are sure to make this Halloween frightfully fabulous!

One: Mini Blackout Cakes.  This moist and devilishly dark chocolate cupcake recipe will have your little goblins begging for more.

Two: Spooky Halloween Portraits, to frame as Halloween decorations or use on cards and invitations.

Spooky Sommer Collier | #halloween

The other night I couldn’t sleep.

I sat down to piddle-around on my computer at 3 am, and discovered Pic Monkey’s new Halloween photo editing settings. Pic Monkey is a program I use occasionally for quick edits and simple photo collages. It’s free, with the option of paid upgrades.

I opted to spend the extra few bucks this month to play with the Halloween editing settings.

…because I’m a nerd and that’s what we do when we can’t sleep.

Halloween Photo Edits #halloween

Creepy, right?

The next day (after a lot of coffee) I showed the kids and, of course, they had to monster-fy themselves as well. I asked them to make their scariest face for a quick shot, then sat them down to edit their photos.

Believe it or not, they edited these photos completely on their own. It’s that easy.

This was a fun-find that I know we’ll use again and again.

Back to the chocolate cake…

Mini Chocolate Cupcake Recipe | #halloween #holidays #chocolate #recipe

I’ve made this mini chocolate cupcake recipe dozens of times, for birthday parties, showers, pretty much any occasion, changing only the color of candy melts I use to decorate the tops.

Each little chocolate cake is soft and tender with a deep chocolatey flavor; and just the right size to pop in your mouth one at a time.

Mini Chocolate Cake Recipe | #halloween #holidays #chocolate #recipe

Using dark chocolate cocoa powder really takes this chocolate cake recipe to another level for Halloween.

They are so dark.

Blackout dark.

With ever-so-slightly bitter undertones from the addition of coffee.

Easy Mini Chocolate Cake Recipe | #halloween #holidays #chocolate #recipe

This is such a great treat to pile on your Halloween table.

Not only are they a chocolate-lovers dream, they are small enough to give your kids, even after a pillowcase full of candy.

Easy Mini Chocolate Cupcake Recipe | #halloween #holidays #chocolate #recipe

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27 comments on “Mini Chocolate Blackout Cakes

  1. Julie @ Running in a Skirtposted October 16, 2013 at 5:40 am Reply

    You had me at chocolate!!! :-) I have to try that pic monkey feature- so much fun! I wonder if I can make Rhett and Reina “scary”- HAHA!

    • Sommerposted October 16, 2013 at 6:07 am Reply

      Haha, I bet you could!

  2. Amyposted October 16, 2013 at 6:14 am Reply

    You make the best looking zombie lady! xoxo

  3. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted October 16, 2013 at 6:52 am Reply

    Love all of that dripping chocolate! Nice Halloween makeovers!

  4. Heather Christoposted October 16, 2013 at 7:22 am Reply

    these cakes are OH WOW material!!! and I am obsessed with those settings! Off to pic monkey!

  5. Julie @ Table for Twoposted October 16, 2013 at 7:28 am Reply

    Haha! Omg, those pictures are scary but you still are beautiful even if you have green skin :) I could eat a million of these little cupcakes! Ah!

  6. Norma | Allspice and Nutmegposted October 16, 2013 at 10:13 am Reply

    Love the little cakes! Yep, the makeovers are creepy :)

  7. Mariaposted October 16, 2013 at 10:14 am Reply

    Love those photos! So fun!

  8. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addictionposted October 16, 2013 at 3:03 pm Reply

    What great little chocolate cakes! Love the fun portraits!

  9. Paula - bell'alimentoposted October 16, 2013 at 5:09 pm Reply

    Mini means I can eat more right? ; )

    • Sommerposted October 16, 2013 at 7:46 pm Reply


  10. Marian (Sweetopia)posted October 16, 2013 at 6:07 pm Reply

    These are AWESOME, Sommer! Those Halloween pics are pretty spooktacular ;-) too – you still look beautiful in all of them btw.

    • Sommerposted October 16, 2013 at 7:46 pm Reply

      Awe, sweet girl! You’re making me blush.

  11. marlaposted October 17, 2013 at 8:56 am Reply

    Such fun little cakes!

    Rating: 5
  12. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted October 17, 2013 at 8:40 am Reply

    Those photos are crazy fun! And I’d love a couple of those dark little cakes, yum!

  13. Chocolate Shavingsposted October 17, 2013 at 6:01 pm Reply

    These are so cute!

  14. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted October 17, 2013 at 8:49 pm Reply

    Great looking cupcakes!!

  15. ATasteOfMadnessposted October 17, 2013 at 10:46 pm Reply

    Oh man, these look delicious! And those pictures are so creepy, I love them ;)

  16. Nutmeg Nannyposted October 18, 2013 at 8:06 am Reply

    YUM!! These are so perfect, I bet they taste divine :)

  17. Gabyposted October 18, 2013 at 4:23 pm Reply

    heck yes! loving some chocolate blackout cupcakes

  18. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted October 18, 2013 at 10:36 pm Reply

    How cute are these, love the dark rich color and dripping glaze!

  19. Deborahposted October 20, 2013 at 12:27 am Reply

    My daughter told me today that Halloween is her favorite holiday. I should let her play around with halloween settings in Picmonkey!! And these cupcakes? I want one (or two!!)!

  20. Jeanetteposted October 23, 2013 at 6:15 am Reply

    These are just pure fun Sommer – love those photo effects on Pic Monkey!

  21. Shainaposted October 23, 2013 at 9:28 am Reply

    Those pictures are wonderful! Love the new look, Sommer!

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  23. Angelinaposted May 7, 2014 at 6:36 am Reply

    These minis look so decadently light! I’ll have to give it a go to break in my new mini cupcake pan this weekend, but I’ll top it off with clouds of whipped cream because I have yet to master my frosting techniques :) will comment back to see how it goes! xo

    Rating: 5
  24. Leelaposted December 1, 2014 at 1:54 pm Reply

    I made this for a holiday party and it was a huge hit. Thank you so much. I really enjoy your recipes!

    Rating: 5