Halloween Spiderweb Cupcakes

These cupcakes are fun to serve for a children's or adult Halloween party.

Yield: 2 dozen cupcakes

Halloween Spiderweb CupcakesMuffins:
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

3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup Land O'Lakes Butter, softened
3 to 4 tablespoons milk

1 cup semi-sweet real chocolate chips
4 teaspoons shortening

Heat oven to 350 F.

Combine sugar and 1/4 cup butter in large mixer bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed (1 to 2 minutes). Add eggs; continue beating until creamy (1 to 2 minutes). Add sour cream, milk and vanilla. Continue beating until well mixed. Add all remaining cupcake ingredients. Reduce speed to low; beat until well mixed (1 to 2 minutes).

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.

Combine powdered sugar and 1/4 cup butter in small mixer bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often and gradually adding enough milk for desired spreading consistency.

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.

Frost 6 cupcakes at a time, using about 1 tablespoon frosting for each cupcake. (Decorate cupcakes before frosting hardens.) Place 3 concentric circles of melted chocolate on frosting. Starting at center, draw toothpick 5 or 6 times through chocolate circles to outside edge of frosting to make spiderweb design. Repeat with remaining cupcakes and frosting. Let stand until chocolate is firm.

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.

Nutrition per serving (1 cupcake):
Calories: 230, Fat: 10 g, Cholesterol: 35 mg, Sodium: 150 mg, Carbohydrates: 37 g, Dietary Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 3 g

Source: Land O'Lakes, Inc.

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