This month’s Poppins Book Nook theme is called To The Kitchen! So, when I was looking for a book to share with you guys, I started trying to think of a book that inspired us to get in the kitchen and create. It took me a little bit of thinking, but then I realized that I already had the perfect book!
For those of you who are not familiar with the Bunnicula series of books, it follows the adventures of a paranoid cat, a nocturnal bunny and two dogs, one of which is the narrator. The narrator, Harold the dog, spends several pages throughout the series of books fantasizing about his love of all things chocolate (Don’t forget this is fiction! I know not to feed dogs chocolate!) Most fondly, he fantasized about chocolate cream filled cupcakes.
Given Firecracker also often dreams of all things chocolate and sweet, he decided that we must make our own cream filled chocolate cupcakes. We used a recipe from The Pioneer Woman that we made minor adaptations to, and I’m going to share with you today. They are completely delicious, and if you like chocolate, you might find yourself eating a bunch of them!!
Bunnicula’s Cream Filled Chocolate Cupcakes
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 sticks of butter
4 Tbsp. cocoa powder
1 cup boiling water
Directions: Spray 18 muffin cups with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine 2 flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Combine milk, baking soda, vanilla and eggs in a separate bowl. Melt butter in a saucepan. Add cocoa powder and boiling water and stir to combine. Pour cocoa mixture into flour mixture and stir. Then, add liquid mixture and fully combine. Divide mixture between baking cups and bake for fifteen minutes or until done. Set aside to cool while you make the cream filling.
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
4 cups powdered sugar
pinch of salt
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tbsp. vanilla extract
Beat together the butter and shortening. Once you have those completely combined, add the remaining ingredients and beat together, making sure you stop occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Once we had finished doing this (and our cupcakes were cool), we placed cream filling in a ziploc bag and cut the tip. We put the tip into the bottom center of the cupcake and squeezed cream into the cupcake. You’ll feel a pressure while squeezing and you’ll know then that you shouldn’t keep trying to squeeze cream in.
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup butter
6 tablespoons corn syrup
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
2 tsp vanilla
Melt together and combine milk, butter and corn syrup in a saucepan over medium heat. Place chocolate chips into a bowl. Add vanilla to milk mixture and then pour over chocolate chips. Whisk as chocolate chips melt and then pour over cupcakes.
As you can imagine, things were kind of chaotic (in a good way) with four kids in the kitchen trying to make these together, so I didn’t think to pick up my camera to take photos of the process, but we loved the finished product.
And, of course, if you’re looking for some learning opportunities with Bunnicula, this is not the only post I have on our Bunnicula learning adventures. You can also visit:
- Bunnicula Perler Bead Creations to see Rose’s Bunnicula inspired perler bead art and get inspired to create your own
- Bunnicula’s Fudge Cook Off for a fudge-making activity that relates directly to the Bunnicula early reader Hot Fudge. (This one is also a great kitchen activity for helpful preschoolers!)
Don’t forget to check out some of the other Poppins Book Nook posts!! The wonderful bloggers that participate in the Poppins Book Nook are:
Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God’s Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy’s Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ My Bright Firefly ~A Mommy’s Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~Golden Grasses ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Raventhreads ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~Where Imagination Grows ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A “Peace” of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ Simple Living Mama
And, as always, you can link up your own “To the Kitchen” related posts with us. Just use the button below to go to the link-up!
You can also visit the main Poppins Book Nook Page at Enchanted Homeschooling Mom to learn more about past themes and future themes!