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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Spiders, chocolate-style

Hello hump day! How are you doing this evening? Today I thought we'd talk about making chocolatey spider webs as decorative cupcake accents. I'm going to give you two ideas, so get your pen and paper handy:
The first way to go is by using your double boiler to melt some chocolate and fill a piping bag. Cut a teeny tiny tip off the filled bag to use for piping. On top of your frosting (which works best as a ganache or glaze), draw circles mimicking a bull's eye. Use a toothpick and starting from the inner (smallest) circle, lightly draw a line straight down to the biggest circle. It makes a web-like effect.

Another option is to draw the web on a piece of parchment using your piping bag full of chocolate. Starting at the point that you want to be your center, draw straight lines out from the center, creating a star-like shape. Starting from close to the point, space out where your circular lines are going to be. Going from line to line, draw small frowns, creating somewhat frowny circles. After you've created your web, refrigerate parchment until hard and place on top of cupcake.

Good luck and happy baking!

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