Ingredients3 h 25 m servings 402
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line cupcake pans with paper liners.
- Combine flour, white sugar, baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg in bowl; whisk to mix. In separate bowl, mix water, canola oil, vinegar, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Pour liquids into dry mixture and stir until smooth. The batter will be very thin.
- Transfer batter into a measuring cup or pitcher; pour batter into prepared cupcake pans.
- Bake in preheated oven until tops spring back when gently pressed with a fingertip and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Allow cupcakes to cool completely on a wire rack.
- Beat cream cheese, butter, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon with an electric mixer until smooth. Gradually mix in confectioners' sugar until frosting is creamy and spreadable. Frost the cooled cupcakes.
- To decorate cupcakes, use black decorating gel to draw a small circle in the center of each cupcake. Draw a larger circle around the first, and continue making larger circles until the last circle is about 1/4 inch from the edge. There should be about 5 rings on each cupcake. Use a toothpick to draw about 8 lines radiating from the center of the cupcake to the edge, like spokes on a wheel, to make webs.
- Cut the licorice strings into pieces about 1 1/4 inch long for legs. Poke four licorice legs into both sides of each gumdrop. Use decorating gel to make eyes and a smiley mouth on each gumdrop. Place a gumdrop spider onto each cupcake in the center of the webs.
- Cook's Note:
- You can use this recipe as a cake or cupcakes. For a cake, grease a 9x13-inch pan and increase the baking time. Start checking for doneness after 35 or 40 minutes.
- Editor's Note:
- The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the candy decorations. The actual amount of the candy used will vary.
Per Serving: 402 calories; 12.7 70.7 2.3 18 302 Full nutrition
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I originally made the cupcakes for Halloween. They were excellent and quite moist. Now whenever I bring a dessert say to a potluck I use the same recipe but bake it in a Bundt pan and bake ...
This was a big hit for my family, but I also made it into a bundt cake. I used all organic ingredients and it was fantastic! Super moist and not boring. Instead of the icing, I used a simple van...