Saturday, October 29, 2011

Kickass Trick or Treat cupcake is eeeevillll!

I used to be beeeeg into Hallowe'en (yes, it has a frickin' apostrophe). And then for some reason — I suspect it was I got old but let's not go there — my interest waned. The box of decorations stayed untouched in the basement. We stopped buying candy (kids rarely trick-or-treat on our street). Costumes? Meh. I wear black every other day anyway.

I was about to let Hallowe'en pass in similar fashion this year. And then something happened to change my mind. Maybe it was the appearance of four fat orange pumpkins on our porch, courtesy of the kids who live upstairs. Maybe it was listening to Dracula by Philip Glass and the Kronos Quintet, one of my favorite atmospheric pieces, perfect for a rainy fall day.

Or maybe it was the heads-up email that arrived yesterday to let me know that Kickass Cupcakes in Davis Square had a Hallowe'en special: the Trick or Treat cupcake.

"A chocolate cupcake baked around a mini candy bar ..."

So of course I had to check that out.

Cupcakes from Kickass Cupcakes

We picked up the Twix and Milky Way Trick or Treat cupcakes, and also a Sammy, because what's not to love about a cupcake made with Sam Adams stout?

Cupcakes from Kickass Cupcakes

They were almost too pretty to eat.

Trick or Treat cupcake from Kickass Cupcakes

Almost.

Kickass cupcakes are perfect if you like 'em super-sweet and indulgent. They don't just use butter, they use Plugrá (that's "more fat" for the non-francophones). Which explains why their buttercream frosting looks like this:

Cupcake from Kickass Cupcakes

Here's the inside of the Twix one - see the cookie at the bottom?

Trick or Treat Twix cupcake from Kickass Cupcakes

So if you take that level of richness and then you add a candy bar — well, I think you get the picture.

There's a good reason Kickass only offers the Trick or Treat cupcake once a year. Anything more would be a serious (delicious) health hazard.

Trick or Treat cupcake from Kickass Cupcakes

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