Chocolate Spider Cupcakes - Halloween Special!


Halloween is in the air folks, and there are pumpkins, skeletons, spiders, and terrifying spirits lingering all around:) So how do you pacify those spirits?? I think no one can resist something sweet and cute, and the best way to win over someone to your side is by appealing to their stomachs, and thereby their souls(do spirits have souls??! I think I'm going cranky:D) Well, when my husband had to take in something for their halloween party at work, I thought of making these cute cupcakes and use some frosting to create the spooky effect. I'm not too great with art work, and this was my first experiment with creative icing decoration which was going to be seen by a lot of people, so I decided to be simple, yet meaningful. Hope you like these Chocolate-Spider Cupcakes too!!

I'm not too much of a fan of frosting on cupcakes. It's just way too much cream and sometimes kills the flavor of the cake itself. But special occasions demand special efforts, so I decided to go for it. Handling frosting cone is like applying "Henna" or "Mehendi" on the hands, which is a tradition in India. You have to be really smooth and have control on your hands to be able to draw something on a cake. As I didn't trust myself too much with this, I decided to just go for simple white spiders on chocolate cupcakes.

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour (or use ready chocolate cake mix instead of flour and cocoa)
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/3 cup water
White Frosting Cone

Method
Combine butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla in a large mixer bowl. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. In a seperate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add alternately with water to the creamed mixture. Blend just until combined. Fill paper lined muffin cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake at 350 degress F for 20 to 25 min. Allow to cool completely before applying the frosting.

Arrange the cupcakes on a flat tray and put it on an even surface. Space them apart so you can apply frosting to them. Now using a frosting cone, apply a thick dollop of icing in the center. Draw the 4 legs of the spider as shown in the pic, followed by the tentacles, and finally the hind legs. Then drop a small dot in front of the large one to form the spider's face. There, your cupcake is ready. Repeat for all your cakes and celebrate the spirit of Halloween in your own way!

Tip: You can even use orange frosting to cover the whole cupcake, then draw the spider on it with black frosting to create the classic "black spider on orange" effect. For those with a more delicate and artistic hand, you can create a spider's web too. You'll find hundreds of decoration ideas on the web, and can choose one that suits you. But be sure you don't overdo it! After all, you don't want your guests to be spooked enough to drop the cupcake as soon as they see it, or run away from it!!:)

Wishing you all a very Happy Halloween!!!


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31 comments :

Laavanya said...

Ooh.. that's a pretty steady hand you have for a first-time decorator Mansi. They look great.

Madhu said...

Spider looks cute...love the idea of spiders on cup cake.

Mansi Desai said...

Laavanya - the first 2 cakes were miserable, but then i got the hang of it:)

Madhu - thanks! it was the simplest to do:)

Anonymous said...

I love how you always present the most simple ideas in an alluring way!:) You do have talent girl, not just cooking, but in impressing people too! keep it up:)

-Shikha from Mumbai

Kelly Mahoney said...

How cute! By this time of the year, there's probably a giant spider on the big roller coaster at Six Flags Great America!

Manasi said...

Ooh!!! How creative!! my, u have a s-t-e-a-d-y hand!!! I could never have done that!

Tee said...

Beautiful! btw, i did send you my entry for AFAM yesterday :)

Rina said...

Mansi those look so pretty!!

Mansi Desai said...

Thanks Manasi - believe me, its not too difficult...in fact the easiest one among all the other ideas I saw:)

Rina - thanks!

Tee - got your entry, just have been too buys with work:) thanks for participating girl!

Sharmi said...

looks spooky and nice:) very creative!

Nupur said...

Adorable cupcakes! And such neat decoration...you have a good steady hand! :)

Asha said...

OHO! You already started the Hallowen, wait for meeee!!!
Looks great girl!:))

Mansi Desai said...

Thanks Nupur - that coming from you is a big tap on my back!!:)

Sha - for once I'm ahead of you...hehehee:) had to make them for my hubbies party at work.

TBC said...

Nicely done, Mansi!

Richa said...

pelliwar lifema spider khavanu man thaye che ;)....LOL
very well done!!

Kribha said...

It looks very beautiful...although it's supposed to be spooky. Nice recipe. will try it for my son sometime.

Puspha said...

Cool!!!!!

Hima said...

How cool do they look... what an idea mansi. Great.

Nabeela said...

I love the decoration you've done with the icing. Very good job for a beginner.

Cynthia said...

You did a great job on those cup cakes!

musical said...

Lovely decoration! and even lovelier because you say its the first time you did it! wow! That sure is a Halloween time super-treat!

Sreelu said...

Mansi so adorable spiders look very cute

RedChillies said...

Mansi, the icing and the cupcakes look incredible. And you say you are not good at artwork? I am sure your husband must have been so proud of this beautiful creation.

Srivalli said...

Hey that looks great!

Sam said...

Netat... and they luk mighty yummy!! honestly....
can send along a few here?? Am starving for some those home-baked ones!! :)

Sirisha Kilambi said...

Mansi....They look great.....Very apt for Halloween :-)

Dwiana P said...

Great halloween cupcakes!

Shandy said...

I totally adore your spider cupcakes! How cute and what a great idea. You definitely have style and talent. . .=D,

Shandy

Mocha said...

Such a perfect halloween treat . The cake looks like one professional bakers do.

Cris said...

So cute!!! You can put them all close and then draw a giant web on top of all, done that before, it looks cute.

Namratha said...

Great job with the frosting Mansi, looks great! :) Once I practice my frosting I'm surely gonna try this one!