Halloween - Chocolate spider cup cakes

Trick or Treat  Photo: Quentin Jones
Trick or Treat Photo: Quentin Jones 

These are quick to prepare and so rich and fudgy adults can enjoy them too.

250g butter
250g dark chocolate
6 eggs
310g castor sugar
70g plain flour
90g plain yoghurt
500g icing sugar
30g dark cocoa powder
48 Tic Tacs
200g liquorice strips cut into 4cm long, thin strips


Pre-heat oven to 170C. Melt butter and chocolate in a bowl over simmering water. Whisk eggs and castor sugar on high for 10 minutes. Fold through chocolate and butter and then flour.

Spoon mixture into 24 large cup cake pans and bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool.

Masks and costumes were worn to ward off bad spirits - the idea was to trick them into thinking you were one of them, to keep you from harm.

Mix together yoghurt and 300 grams icing sugar and spread over cup cakes. Mix together remaining icing sugar, cocoa and just enough water to make a smooth icing that is not too runny.

Spread onto tops of cup cakes to create spider bodies and heads. Use tic tacs for eyes and liquorice strips for legs.
Makes about 24

Author: Jane StrodeĀ 
Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Halloween, Special event, party, kid-friendly