I made these Spiderweb Halloween cupcakes this year, and got so many compliments that I just had to share.
So Super Simple
The thing is, these were so easy to make, that I can hardly call it a recipe at all.
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You Martha Stewart types out there will scoff at the shortcuts I took.
But for me the shortest distance from raw materials to finished product is what works.
If it is too time consuming, it just won’t happen.
So, to answer your questions: yes – I used a cake mix and yes – I used ready made frosting.
How to Make Spiderweb Halloween Cupcakes
This is how it's done.
- Make cupcakes using a boxed cake mix. I use Duncan Hines Classic Yellow Cake Mix. I have it used for years and am constantly amazed at how many compliments I get. After all – it’s a mix.
The key, I think is in the cooking time.If you overcook cupcakes they get dry. So, follow the directions on the box, set a timer, and know your oven.
- While the cupcakes are cooling, mix some orange food coloring into a tub of ready made white frosting. I used Duncan Hines Whipped Fluffy White – but any kind will do.The key – if you are using liquid food coloring (probably a mix of red and yellow) then keep in mind that the food coloring itself will change the consistency of the frosting – making it a little less thick. The DH Fluffy White may become too thin to use, so a thicker frosting would be better. I used Wilton paste food coloring in orange – so it did not dilute the frosting too much.
- Spread a thick layer of orange colored frosting on each cooled cupcake.
- Take black decorator’s frosting. I used Betty Crocker Decorating Cake Icing. It come in a pressurized can similar to whip cream. Outfit the can with the small smooth round tip.
- Now draw a spiral on each cupcake with the black frosting.
- Take a toothpick and starting at the center of each spiral drag the toothpick through the frosting straight to the outer edge. (like spokes on a wheel). Repeat this at regular intervals around the cupcake until you arrive back to the beginning.
- There you have it.
If you are feeling so inclined you could pipe a small spider in the web. Or you could pipe a large spider on some of the cupcakes and do webs on the rest.
I usually feel like the kids get enough treats on Halloween from trick or treating, so making an elaborate dessert is just contributing to sugar overload.
So usually, if I make a dessert at all (call me the Halloween Scrooge) I try to keep it simple and easy.
These Halloween cupcakes fit the bill.
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