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Spooky Spider Cupcakes

 Spooky Spider Cupcakes
The cupcake batter and frosting contain orange flavors to give them a refreshing, from-scratch taste.—Janis Plourde, Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario
12 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling


  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • Orange paste food coloring
  • 2 to 4 teaspoons orange juice
  • 1/2 cup chocolate frosting
  • Black shoestring licorice
  • 12 black gumdrops


  • In a small bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in egg. Beat in the applesauce, vanilla and orange peel.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; gradually

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Directions (continued)

  • add to the creamed mixture until well combined. Stir in pecans.
  • Fill paper-lined muffin cups half full. Bake at 350° for 20-25
  • minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out
  • clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack
  • to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar
  • until light and fluffy. Add the orange peel, food coloring and
  • enough orange juice to achieve spreading consistency. Set aside 1/4
  • cup orange frosting. Frost cupcakes.
  • Transfer chocolate frosting to a heavy-duty resealable bag; cut a
  • small hole in a corner of bag. Pipe a circle of chocolate in center
  • of each cupcake. Pipe evenly spaced thin concentric circles about
  • 1/4 in. apart. Beginning with the center circle, gently pull a
  • toothpick through circles toward outer edge. Wipe toothpick clean.
  • Repeat to complete web pattern.
  • Cut licorice into 2-in. pieces; press eight pieces into each gumdrop
  • for legs. Place reserved orange frosting in a heavy-duty resealable
  • bag; cut a small hole in a corner of the bag. Pipe eyes on each
  • spider gumdrop. Position on cupcakes. Yield: 1 dozen.
Nutritional Facts:> 1 serving equals 361 calories, 16 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 43 mg cholesterol, 294 mg sodium, 55 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.