Chocolate and Caramel Spider Cupcakes
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or 2 C sugar and 2 vanilla beans
dulce de leche
chopped up peanut caramel nougat candy bar
full fat cream cheese
unsweetened cocoa powder
Dark cocoa powder
heavy whipping cream
Black licorice wheels
un-wound, split and cut into 2 1/2 in long strands
Preheat oven to 350 (or convection oven at 325)
If you don't have vanilla sugar already - Split the vanilla beans and scrap out the seed.
Put the sugar, vanilla seeds and vanilla bean pods into a food processor and process until well blended, and seeds are throughout, let sit to the side.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, mix together cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Add butter and mix on medium-low speed until you end up with a fine crumb
Add the vanilla bean sugar and mix until well combined.
In a small mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, yogurt and mayo until smooth.
Add the dulce de leche while beating on low.
Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and beat on medium speed until just combined.
Slowly add milk and mix on low speed until just combined. The batter will be runny
Fill 24 cupcake liners just over 1/2 full.
sprinkle the chopped candy bar on top, about 4 small pieces per cupcake
Bake for 14-18 minutes and then test to see if they are done. They should not turn a golden brown.
When the cupcakes are done, remove from pan and let cool
Beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth
add 3 C powdered sugar, salt and vanilla and beat until smooth
add more powdered sugar 1/4 C at a time until you have a very THICK frosting, too thick to spread easily.
In a separate bowl whisk the whipping cream until it forms stiff peaks
add 1/2 the whipped whipping cream to the frosting and mix until just combined, adding more if needed to get a smooth frosting
Frost the top of the cupcake with a flat round circle of frosting
dip the cupcake into a bowl of the black nonpareils until the frosting is completely coated
using a toothpick to help push 8 licorice "legs" into each cupcake (4 on each side)
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