Halloween Spider Web Cupcakes
  • Cupcakes Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup LAND O LAKES® Butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup LAND O LAKES® Sour Cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Frosting Ingredients:
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup LAND O LAKES® Butter, softened
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk
  • Glaze Ingredients:
  • 1 cup real semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 teaspoons shortening
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Combine sugar and 1/4 cup butter in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Add eggs; continue beating until creamy. Add sour cream, milk and vanilla. Continue beating until well mixed. Add all remaining cupcake ingredients. Reduce speed to low; beat until well mixed.
  2. Fill each paper-lined muffin cup with about 2 tablespoons batter. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.
  3. Combine powdered sugar and 1/4 cup butter in small bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often and gradually adding enough milk for desired spreading consistency.
  4. Melt chocolate chips and shortening in 1-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally, until smooth (3 to 4 minutes). Place melted chocolate in small heavy-duty resealable plastic food bag; snip tip from one corner to make very small hole.
  5. Frost 6 cupcakes at a time, using about 1 tablespoon frosting for each cupcake. Immediately pipe 3 concentric circles of melted chocolate onto each frosted cupcake. Starting at center, draw toothpick 5 or 6 times through chocolate circles to outside edge of frosting to make spider web design. Repeat with remaining cupcakes and frosting. Let stand until chocolate is firm.
  6. Recipe Tip: Microwave chocolate chips and shortening in small heavy-duty resealable plastic food bag on HIGH until chips are melted (30 to 60 seconds). Squeeze bag several times to combine melted chips and shortening.
These cupcakes are fun to serve for a children's or adult Halloween party. Yield: 2 dozen cupcakes