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

Halloween Spiderweb Cupcakes

Cupcakes Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup LAND O LAKES ® Butter, softened*
2 large eggs
1 cup LAND O LAKES ® Sour Cream
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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 semisweet chocolate chips
4 teaspoons vegetable 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. (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.

Makes 2 dozen cupcakes.

*Or Substitute with LAND O LAKES ® Soft Baking Butter with Canola Oil right from the refrigerator.

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.

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

Recipe and photograph are provided courtesy of Land O Lakes, Inc.

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