These cupcakes are fun to serve for a children's or adult Halloween party.
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1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
2 large Land O Lakes® Eggs
1 cup 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
3 to 4 tablespoons milk
1 cup real semi-sweet chocolate chips
4 teaspoons shortening
Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cups into 24 muffin pan cups; set aside.
Combine sugar and 1/4 cup butter in 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; beat at low speed until well mixed.
Fill prepared muffin cups with about 2 tablespoons batter. Bake 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.
Combine powdered sugar and 1/4 cup butter in 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, 3-4 minutes or until smooth. Place melted chocolate in small heavy-duty resealable plastic food bag; snip tip from one corner to make very small hole.
Frost 6 cupcakes, using about 1 tablespoon frosting for each cupcake. Immediately pipe 3 concentric circles of melted chocolate onto each frosted cupcake. Starting at center, draw toothpick 5 or 6 times through chocolate circles to outside edge of frosting to make spider web design. Repeat with remaining cupcakes and frosting. Let stand until chocolate is firm.
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Place chocolate chips and shortening into small heavy-duty resealable plastic food bag. Microwave 30-60 seconds or until chips are melted. Squeeze bag several times to combine melted chips and shortening.
The spookiest holiday is also the sweetest. Halloween desserts with spiders, cauldrons and critters will turn all of your fright into delight.