Chocolate Halloween Cupcakes

Chocolate Halloween Cupcakes

POINTS® Value | 3
Servings | 24
Preparation Time | 25 min
Cooking Time | 32 min
Level of Difficulty | Moderate

desserts | We topped these marshmallow-frosted cupcakes with plastic spiders for some sweet Halloween fun.


2 cup McNeil Nutritionals SPLENDA No Calorie Sweetener
2 serving cooking spray, 5 one-second sprays per serving
4 tsp decorating icing, Orange
2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp table salt
1 cup fat-free egg substitute
2 cup water
1 cup light corn syrup
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
2 egg white(s)
1/2 tsp table salt
1 Tbsp light corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract


1) Preheat oven to 350ºF. Coat two 12-hole muffin tins with cooking spray and line with cupcake wrappers. (Note: We use both cooking spray and muffin wrappers to prevent any batter from sticking to the top of the pan. Or, use nonstick pans instead.)

2) Combine flour, Splenda, cocoa, cornstarch, baking soda and 1 teaspoon of salt in a large bowl; set aside.

3) Whisk egg substitute, 2 cups of water and 1 cup of light corn syrup together in a medium bowl.

4) Add egg mixture into flour mixture and mix until completely smooth and incorporated.

5) Pour batter into muffin tins until each hole is completely full. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the centre of a muffin comes out clean. Allow to cool completely.

6) While cupcakes cool, make frosting: Heat a medium pot of water to boiling.

7) In a medium metal or glass bowl, using a hand mixer, beat sugar, 1/2 cup of water, egg whites, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1 tablespoon of corn syrup and vanilla extract at high speed for 1 minute.

8) Place bowl of frosting over rapidly boiling water (you are creating a double boiler) and beat at high speed until the mixture forms soft peaks, about 7 to 10 minutes.

9) Remove frosting from heat and beat until the mixture is thick enough to spread, about 5 minutes. Frost muffins, create a spider web-like design on each with icing and decorate as desired.


Meme – Random 10 – October 30, 2005

From: blogsite:

Random 10 – October 30, 2005

10 songs that sum up your weekend…or were on your weekend playlist…and one picture that relates back. (oh, and if you feel like it, tell us why you picked the songs you did)

I actually listened to a lot of songs this weekend, so I will rather instead try to sum up my weekend.

It was a long week … and Saturday was a shopping spree of renovating materials and supplies for our “Main Floor Bathroom Project” .. which includes shelf, toilet, seat, mirror, paint, supplies, etc. After that – I was in “mush” mode and was trying to consciously make a firm stance on trying to recapture my strength for the upcoming week! lol .. well, didn’t manage to do that – but was thinking about it all day … I probably could have worked more this weekend, and will live with the consequences. I probably should have tried to sleep more this weekend, but my body will have to live with the consequences. Good News … Yvonne worked REALLY HARD this weekend … finishing off the bathroom, and priming and painting and the first paint effect has been done. All the front flowers in front of our condo – has been removed and shut down for the winter. Many walks with the dogs that I did not participate. Not to mention, cleaning, laundry, etc etc .. she was busy busy busy! um .. I cooked dinner! 😛 EGAD I was lazy this weekend!

So – In No Particular Order .. here is my list

1) Deep Purple = “Lazy”

2) Metallica = “Until It Sleeps”

3) Jay Siegel & The Tokens = “The Lion Sleeps Tonight (African Version)”

4) The Corrs = “Only When I sleep”

5) Talking Heads = “(Nothing But) Flowers”

6) Genesis = “Battle of Epping Forest”

7) Queen = “Ogre Battle”

8) Jesus Jones = “Someone To Blame”

9) Jay Siegel & The Tokens = “The Lion Sleeps Tonight (original Version)”

10) Paul McCartney = “I’m So Tired (Bootleg version)”

If you want any of the above, give me a shout …. hart (at) HARTandYVONNE (dot) com

As you can tell from my picks, I was feeling sleepy, lazy, and I’ll probably be blamed for not doing something (like, my chore to clean the bathroom) …

I picked the following picture because I really felt that the world was spinning too fast and the weekend slipped by really quickly – despite that we gained another hour thanks to DayLight Savings Time –

Week 23 – Weigh In

Week 23

Oct 22, 2005 – Oct 28, 2005

– This week – (1.2) pounds lost
– Cumulative – (35.8) pounds lost

>> (Week 3 of 6 – Maintenance)

It’s now the third consecutive week of pounds loss, yvonne was asked to add an additional 2 points per day (total=8 extra now) to maintain her weight without losing.

– This week – +4.0 pounds gained
– Cumulative – (26.2) pounds lost


YUP. I had a feeling I’d be up – for many reasons, mostly business related that affected my normalcy of eating regularly and healthy. I did go over my weekly point alotment by 5 points as well. If I were to guess BEFORE the weigh in, I honestly thought I was up maybe 1 to 1-1/2 pounds. I should be back to ‘normal’ by Wednesday.

Meme – Top Five On Friday – Week 43

From: blogsite:

Top Five On Friday – Week 43

Top 5 Spooky (Halloweenie-type) Songs

Happy Halloween fellow memers!!!

Hope you have a ghoulish holiday!

Good Topic and Timely too!

In No Particular Order:

1) Stealers Wheel – “STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU”

Quick! What’s the first thing that pops in your head … Mr. Blonde? (Michael Madsen)? Cutting off an ear in Reservoir Dogs?

2) B-52’s – “MONSTER (IN MY PANTS)”

Sure.. this is silly, but when I hear it – I feel like I’m at a Halloween Party and that’s the song the band is singing

3) The Rocky Horror Show – “TIME WARP”

Ahh … memories of everybody in the theater dressed up, singing every word of every song jumping up and down at the theatre next to the ‘ole City Billiards Pool Hall

4) Andrew Lloyd Weber – “PHANTOM OF THE OPERA”

I really don’t know who’s version this is or the title .. but it’s from Act One Scene 4 (if that helps!) .. Doesn’t it sound Halloween’ish to you? It does for me 😀

5) TV Themes – “MUNSTERS”

Ah … memories – It was like Bizarro world .. who’s normal and who’s the scary looking ones?

Honorable Mentions …..

Queen – The Fairy Feller’s Master Stroke (Queen II)
Jeff Beck – Superstition
Paul Williams – The Hell of it (Phantom of the Paradise)
Misirlou – ‘The Pumpkin and Honey Bunny Song (Pulp Fiction)

I had a ton more songs that I thought would fit this topic … but, that’s enough for now ! Enjoy.

Week 22 – Weigh In

Week 22

Oct 15, 2005 – Oct 21, 2005

– This week – (0.6) pounds lost
– Cumulative – (34.6) pounds lost

>> (Week 2 of 6 – Maintenance)
After two consecutive weeks of pounds loss, she was asked to add an additional 2 points per day (total=6 extra now) to maintain her weight without losing.

– This week – (3.2) pounds lost
– Cumulative – (30.2) pounds lost

WOOHOO!! HART Made 10% Goal

… and received a key chain this week! Ugh .. I just woke up minutes before the weigh in, didn’t shave, nor did I have any coffee … During the “inspirational speech” Sharon (our speaker) called me up to congratulate me and give me a ‘hug’ .. *shrug* … She also asked me if there are any words of wisdom and what Weight Watchers has taught me .. This is roughly what I said (paraphrasing) …

Listen .. You HAVE to mark down everything you eat and count the points. Then you can make conscious decisions and live with it. I certainly don’t diet. But, for instance – yesterday I was going to go to Tim Hortons for an Extra Large Coffee and Triple Cream and a Chocolate Chip Muffin … but, instead I opted to go across the street for TWO BEERS! Instead of 12 points .. I just had 5 points! (2=light beer, 3=regular beer)

I think the only other GUY in the room cheered and put the thumbs up.

Welcome To Our New Flooring! Main Floor – October 2005

Alternatively, this entry could also be titled …

Goodbye 2005 Winter Vacation!

We have been thinking about this for a while now. We moved into our condominium in November 1997. We have not done anything with the flooring, except in our back room where we put laminate flooring in .. the kind that has everything in-one-piece from Home Depot …

Well, this past summer it was time to plan for new flooring. All the reasons made sense, which would include, but not be all inclusive …

* The dog keeps peeing on the carpet in the same general spots and it smells
* It’s ugly! The carpet is about 25 years old
* Vaccuum’ing is such a chore

Of course, good reasons NOT to get new flooring were always in the back of our minds …

* It’s expensive – this time we’ll have someone ELSE do it – all at once
* Yvonne likes the room temperature cool .. (I would have fireplace on all the time if I had my way) .. Am I going to have to wear slippers now?

So – check out our Photo Gallery …. rather than trying to get a good picture .. everytime I was getting coffee I took my camera out and snapped pictures .. it’s all there .. and I separated into three categories …..


Or .. just go to the Main “Floor Renovations – October 2005” Folder

Some Teaser Pictures

We redid the kitchen, that had 12 inch peel-n-stick tiles and extended it into our living room where we normally eat. Believe it or not .. the entire main floor vinyl is 1 piece, plus the stairs plus the bathroom .. I was out at the post office and wished I’d taken pictures of them laying down this huge 1-piece cut

Our living room is sunken, and we replaced the crappy carpet with laminate .. the color tone matches somewhere inbetween the darker ceiling wood lines and the back room original laminate we laid down ourselves a few years back in the late ’90’s

When you come in the entrance, we decided that because you see the stairs on the right, we would extend the vinyl up to the top floor of the stairs. Next year, in 2006 .. our plan is to do the top floor with new carpetting all around, except the bathroom .. (you heard it here first!)

Meme – Top Five On Friday – Week 42

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Top Five On Friday – Week 42

Top 5 bands/artists that you can’t get enough of and a song and/or album by each that you’d recommend to your fellow meme-ers.

Here are the songs .. you know the bands … click on the album links to … BUY THEM! No Really!! You Really need to go out – Right Now! and get these albums! Honest!! You Won’t Be Disappointed!

Well 😀 at least that’s what I’m recommending to you this week. In each of my Top-Five picks .. I have chosen the best song on the album, of which every song is excellent. I’m not talking about just a few songs being excellent, a couple being OK, with a few duds .. I mean every song is excellent!

(Can you tell I’m a fan of these bands?) .. of course – these are all “In My Humble Opinion”

As with previous weeks, I have removed last weeks selections from my websites .. and tossed up this week’s Top Five to my new website (see below) .. You can rename the songs accordingly .. Don’t miss out on these ones!

In No Particular Order:

1) B-52’s – “VISION OF A KISS” – Good Stuff

2) Black Eyed Peas – “SHUT UP” – Elephunk

3) Royal City – “Bad Luck” – Alone at the Microphone

4) Pink Floyd – “INTERSTELLAR OVERDRIVE” – Relics

5) Jane’s Addiction – THREE DAYS – Ritual De Lo Habitual

F.Y.I… I will now keep the songs up for a longer period than a week .. on my NEW! Globat 10 GIG space website … If you are looking for webhosting and a great deal … please click on the above banner (I do get a small commission) … also – if you sign up and they ask about a referral .. please include my master domain …. —> HART-EMPIRE.COM (if enough renewals, they might add a few months on to the end of my current plan)

Songs from Meme-Past …

CHECK OUT to see if any of the prior weeks’ Top Five files are on my server
(try replacing with

Meme – Photo – “GLASS”


Thursday Challenge NOW POSTING for 20OCT05

(Transparent, Opaque, Broken, Window, Stained Glass, Drinking Glass, Magnifying Glass, Eye Glasses, Spyglass, Lens, Mirror,…)

I did not take this picture (it was forwarded to me via email) but .. I bet it was difficult to remove THIS sheet of glass from the vehicle’s windows!

okay okay okay! Sheet of Glass .. Sheet of Ice … Sorry! It’s the only picture I could find in my two Photo Galleries!

It’s good to have a “HandyMan” in the family!

A big “Thank-You” to Warren (Yvonne’s Sister’s Husband) who watched me watch HIM remove our old cruddy main floor bathroom sink and counter .. I might have been able to do it, with motivation but probably would have made a terrible mess and take about 20 times longer than Warren did .. because I never have the right tools.

Our new flooring comes in on Wednesday morning 8am and they will be working around the clock until the weekend!

Okay .. They will be working from 8am to 5pm, probably, with lunch breaks etc and should be done by noon Friday.

I have already plugged in the extra camera battery to be charged .. I hope I don’t forget to document their progress .. I think it would be good for the gallery here! We are redoing the entire main floor and up the stairways to the 2nd floor with a combination of new vinyl and laminate.

I wonder where we are going to put the dogs ? hmm

Well, we naturally treated everybody to Pizza … I had 3-1/2 large thick pizza slices .. which translates to almost half a large pizza about 36 points … I am only minus (28) into my flexpoints this week … I still have um .. 7 remaining and it’s only Sunday. I have to be good.