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Spooky Chocolate Cupcakes

These special cupcakes, decorated with bats, black cats, webs and ghosts, disappeared fast!—Barb Schlafer, Appleton, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • Black paste food coloring
  • Orange and black M&M's
  • Tart 'n' Tiny candies


  • In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Combine the water, oil, vinegar and vanilla; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
  • Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
  • In a bowl, cream the shortening, butter and confectioners' sugar. Stir in water and extracts. Remove 1/2 cup frosting to a small bowl; tint with black food coloring. Frost cupcakes with remaining white frosting.
  • Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag. Insert a small round #5 tip; fill bag with black frosting. Decorate cupcakes with black frosting and candies as desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 360 calories, 17g fat (5g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 242mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • smoceg
    Jan 20, 2013

    No eggs,began cupcake

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    Oct 16, 2007

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