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How to make Spider Web Cupcakes with cotton candy! Halloween fave!
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Spider Web Halloween Cupcakes

Servings 24 cupcakes

Ingredients

For the Cupcakes:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

For the Frosting:

  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk

For the Web:

  • 2 containers of white cotton candy

Instructions

For the Cupcakes:

  • Heat oven to 350°F. Line cupcake pan with liners (makes 24).
  • Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes.
  • Carefully stir in boiling water. Fill each cupcake liner 2/3 full.
  • Bake 22 to 25 minutes for cupcakes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

For the Frosting:

  • Cream butter in electric mixer fit with paddle attachment for 2 minutes.
  • Add powdered sugar to butter 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Add vanilla and milk and beat for 2 minutes.
  • If you want a thicker consistency, add more powdered sugar.
  • Pipe onto cooled cupcakes.

For the Web:

  • Loosely set cotton candy on top of white frosting. Garnish with spiders!

Notes

I have received a few questions about cotton candy not holding up. So mine did just fine for about an hour but if you live in a really humid area, it might be less. Set the cotton candy on the cupcakes just before serving for best results!