Tomorrow is finally Halloween! How will you be celebrating? Sadly, it being Monday, it’s a regular work day for me.
But I did celebrate early with these black sesame eyeball cupcakes! Remember I said I was using the sweet potato eyeballs as cupcake toppers? Yep, these are it. I kept debating whether to make chocolate cupcakes or red velvet cupcakes but both have been done by so many people and in my opinion, didn’t seem like they would pair well with sweet potato. Black sesame seeds and sweet potato are a classic combination in Japan and worked perfectly together in this cupcake!
Preheat the oven to 340°F (170°C) and line a cupcake pan with paper liners. In a bowl, combine the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and set aside. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Stir in the eggs, sour cream, canola oil, and black tahini. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir. Stir in the milk until just combined.
Fill the cupcake liners slightly over halfway, about ⅔ of the way, and bake for 16 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Transfer them to a wire rack immediately and let them cool completely.
While the cupcakes are cooling, whip up the black sesame frosting. In a bowl, beat the butter and black tahini. Add the powdered sugar and continue beating. Put it in a piping bag and frost your black sesame cupcakes.
Top the frosting with some strawberry jam. Any red jam would work as blood. To be honest, the strawberry flavor was too strong and didn’t go with the black sesame flavor. If I was making this again, I think I’d mix some black tahini with some honey and use that to keep the black sesame theme going.
Finally, top each cupcake with a white chocolate eyeball.
These Halloween black sesame eyeball cupcakes will be a great addition to your Halloween party table. They’re fluffy and full of sesame flavor!
After having one and Tristan having two, we gave the rest away to some kids in the neighborhood who were having a sleepover. We then headed out to Universal Studios, where Tristan accidentally poked his eye with a thick branch. He tore his cornea and had to get it stitched. Yep, he’s got a stitch in his eyeball… Just writing this is giving me flashbacks of him lying down getting his eye washed out and the doctor showing me the torn cornea flapping…
After we got home from the emergency room, I looked at the white chocolate eyeballs I had leftover and felt like I somehow jinxed him. So this recipe comes with a warning: If you make these cupcakes, make sure you stay away from anything that could hurt your eyeball! Either that or wear goggles for the day.