Halloween Spiderweb Cupcakes
These cupcakes are fun to serve for a children's or adult Halloween party.
Yield: 2 dozen cupcakes
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.
Nutrition per serving (1 cupcake):
Source: Land O'Lakes, Inc.