Here is an easy and festive way to create Halloween-inspired cupcakes that both kids and adults will love!
Start by baking a batch of your favorite chocolate cupcakes, or try these moist and fudgy ones.
Next, whip up a bowl of classic buttercream (enough to frost the number of cupcakes you made) and tint it orange with either a few drops of red and yellow food coloring or use a coloring gel. Stir until you achieve a smooth, creamy consistency. At this point, you can also add a droplet of orange extract to make the buttercream burst with a hint of zesty citrus flavor, which I must say, complements the chocolate in the most intense way.
Spread two tablespoons of the orange buttercream on top of each cupcake and smooth with a butter knife.
Now, using a black decorating icing, like this kind from Betty Crocker, make a dot in the center, then two or three rings surrounding that dot, almost like a dart board.
Use either a very sharp knife point or a toothpick and pull outward from the center black dot to create your cobweb, repeating around the cupcake about six or so times.
-Andrea Mitchell, Foodista staff and blogger at CanYouStayForDinner.com