Halloween spider chocolate cupcakes

    4 hours 40 min

    My favourite chocolate cupcakes. To lend them a Halloween theme, I decorate them with plastic spiders, you can also use other plastic insects, just use your imagination.

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    Makes: 12 cupcakes

    • For the cupcakes
    • 60g unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 4 to 5 tablespoons boiling water
    • 175g butter, at room temperature
    • 175g caster sugar
    • 120g plain flour
    • 2 level teaspoons baking powder
    • 3 eggs
    • For the icing
    • 225g cream cheese, at room temperature
    • 60g butter, at room temperature
    • 125g icing sugar, sifted
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanila extract
    • orange food coloring
    • plastic spiders

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Extra time:4hr  ›  Ready in:4hr40min 

    1. Preheat your oven to 200 C / Gas 6. Grease a muffin tin or line with paper cases.
    2. Sift cocoa powder in a large bowl and stir with 4 tablespoons boiling water till smooth, and 1 additional tablespoon water if needed. It should have the consistency of thick chocolate syrup. Stir in butter and sugar, then add eggs one after another and stir well after each addition.
    3. Mix flour and baking powder and stir into mixture.
    4. Fill muffin cases to about 2/3 (using your ice cream scoop works well).
    5. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Insert a toothpick to check for doneness. Let cool for a few minutes in the tin, the unmould onto a cake rack.
    6. For the icing cut cream cheese in cubes and quickly stir with the butter till smooth. Gradually stir in icing sugar and vanilla extract. Stir till smooth but not too long. At the end add a few drops food colouring till the desired colour is reached.
    7. Fill icing in a pastry bag with star shaped tip and pipe a the icing on the cupcakes in a circle, starting from the outside and place a plastic spider in the centre.

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