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Halloween Spider Cupcakes

Halloween Spider Cupcakes
1 hr 20 min.
Preparation
moderate
Difficulty

Ingredients

for 12 cupcakes
For the cupcakes
1 ½ cups All purpose flour
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon Baking powder
½ cup sugar
2 eggs
cup sunflower oil
cup milk
For the buttercream
½ cup unsalted butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
green Food coloring
green sugar sprinkles
For the 'spider legs'
4 tablespoons light corn syrup
cup cream (48% fat)
1.333 cups Dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids, chopped)
3 tablespoons plain Yogurt
To decorate
12 licorice discs
sugar sprinkles (blue, yellow, orange)
½ cup white Sugar paste
orange Food coloring
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Preparation steps

1
Heat the oven to 200°C (180° fan) 400°F gas 6. Place paper cases in a 12 hole muffin tin.
2
Sift the flour, cocoa and baking powder into a mixing bowl. Stir in the sugar.
3
Whisk together the eggs and oil until frothy, then slowly whisk in the milk.
4
Stir into the dry ingredients until just blended. The mixture will be slightly lumpy.
5
Spoon into the paper cases and bake for about 20 minutes until risen and springy to the touch. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then place on a wire rack to cool completely.
6
For the buttercream: beat the butter in a bowl until soft.
7
Sift in the icing sugar and beat well. Beat in the vanilla and food colouring until smooth.
8
Spread the buttercream on the cakes. Press green sugar strands around the edges of the cakes.
9
For the spider legs: gently heat the ingredients, except the yoghurt in a pan until the chocolate has melted Remove from the heat and leave to cool, then stir in the yoghurt. Chill until firm.
10
Place a liquorice disc in the centre of each cake and spread with a little of the chocolate mixture. Press the sugar sprinkles on top, as in the photo.
11
Spoon the remaining chocolate mixture into a piping bag and pipe 4 'legs' on each side of the liquorice discs.
12
Roll out 3/4 of the white sugarpaste on a surface dusted with icing sugar and cut out 48 small discs for the eyes. Attach to the liquorice discs, as in the photo.
13
Knead a little orange colouring into the remaining white sugarpaste and roll pieces into 48 tiny balls. Attach to the white discs with a little water. Leave to set.