Black Widow Spider Cupcakes


    • 1 1/2 c. Cara’s All-Purpose Flour
    • 1/2 c. cocoa powder
    • 3/4 c. granulated sugar
    • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
    • 3/4 tsp. xanthan gum
    • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
    • 1/4 tsp. sea salt


    • 1 c. nondairy milk (I use unsweetened almond)
    • 1/3 c. mild-flavored oil
    • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar


    • 1/2 c. non-hydrogenated shortening
    • 1 c. powdered sugar
    • 1/2 c. cocoa powder



    1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease or line a muffin tin.
    2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
    3. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl and mix wooden spoon until just combined.
    4. Pour evenly into the muffin tin.
    5. Bake 16-18 minutes or until the tops of the cupcakes spring back after they are gently pressed down on. Remove from the pan and allow to fully cool on a wire rack.
    6. Beat the frosting ingredients with an electric mixer until fluffy. Coat each cupcake with a thin layer.
    7. Top with chocolate sprinkles, vegan googly eyes, and place the licorice legs in.
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