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Friday, June 24, 2011

Cactus Cupcakes

Last night was another one of our Chase Ladies Nights.  My neighbor Danielle hosted with a Mexican theme, complete with not one, but 2 pinatas!  It was a first at one of our monthly functions and it was a huge hit!  Danielle filled the pinatas with lots of fun grown up chocolates and she added some special 'bling'.  I was one of the lucky ones that got an adorable Jessica Simpson bracelet that happened to match my dress perfectly. Thanks Danielle!

Each person was to bring an appetizer or dessert to share (I wish I had taken a picture of  the margarita cookies that my neighbor Shannon made, beautiful and yummy).  So I thought I would get creative and make cupcakes made to look like cacti. Well, I have to be honest...they look much cuter than they tasted!  I used my usual chocolate cupcake recipe but added some cinnamon to try to create a Mexican chocolate.  Bad idea, for some reason the cinnamon made it really bitter, but I still wanted to share the pics with you. 

Mexican chocolate cupcakes with Swiss meringue buttercream frosting

This was my first attempt at decorating the cactus. After using tweezers to apply each sprinkle to resemble a cactus needle, I quickly decided that the others would be needle less...

Back to the drawing board on the 'Mexican chocolate'

Anyone have a good recipe for 'Mexican' cupcakes?


  1. Thanks Melanie! They look much better than they taste, hahaha!! I guess you can't win them all; )

  2. I liked them and they look fabulous!!

  3. Thanks Susan, you're one of my biggest cheerleaders and I love you for it!!

  4. Thank you Brittany! That's a big compliment coming from you; )

  5. Check out Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. They have all kinds of amazing recipes you can make vegan or not quite vegan (use regular milk and yogurt, for instance). I'm planning to make the Mexican Hot Chocolate ones next week, but all the other recipes I've tried have been AWESOME!

  6. what size pots did you use?

  7. You could try a recipe known as aztec cupcakes: chocolate with a bit of cayenne pepper. They were known for their spicy chocolate delights!

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  9. I would love to make these for my friend's party. Can you help me, how did you make the "terra cotta pot" ?

  10. Hi Brenda,

    The pots are actual 3" clay pots. You could make them using fondant. Maybe you could use an inverted cupcake pan as the mold?

    The cupcakes fit perfectly in the mini 3" pots however.

    Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

  11. What tip did you use for the cacti? By the way, the looked awesome!

  12. Hi Aileen,

    Thanks for stopping by! I used the Wilton star tip #17.

    Feel free to send pics of your creation to I'm sure they'll be fabulous: )