1. Ingredients at room temperature - Because you want to make airy cupcakes, make sure that you use all the ingredients at room temperature.2. Chocolate sprinkles - you can choose either dark or milk chocolate3. Eyes - You could use different colored M&M's, so you make a dozen of different scary spiders. But it's also possible to choose to go for a single color for an even bigger effect.4. Alternatives - Nutella - can be substituted with dark apple butter or chocolate pasteM&M's - use Smarties or jelly beans instead of these chocolate treatsLicorice lace - You can also use strawberry lace if you like them better.5. Storage -
The cupcakes can be stored, undecorated, for up to two days at room temperature. Store them in an airtight container.
You can freeze undecorated cupcakes. Wrap them airtight and store them in a box. This way they can be stored up to one month.
When the cupcakes are decorated you have to eat them the same day.
6. Nutrition - The nutrition facts are for one cupcake including its topping.
Preheat oven to 350 °F (180 °C).
Put the paper cupcake forms in the baking pan.
Mix the butter with the sugar in three minutes until airy at high speed.
Add the vanilla extract and eggs one by one, while continuing to mix. Add the next egg when the previous one is fully incorporated.
Mix for two minutes.
Turn the mixer to low speed and add half of the flour, then two tablespoons of milk followed by the rest of the flour. Turn the mixer off, when the flour is incorporated.
Divide the batter between the muffin cups (fill the cups about ⅔) and put it in the oven.
Bake for 20 minutes. Check with a satay pricker if the cakes are done.
Let the cakes cool on a wire rack to room temperature.
Coat the top of the cupcake with a layer of Nutella.
Spread the sprinkles on top.
Cut the licorice laces into small pieces of about 1 ½ inch (three cm) (you need eight pieces per cupcake).
Insert a skewer to make eight holes for the legs in the cupcake and put a licorice lace in each hole.
Smear a bit of Nutella on the M & M (on the side with the white letter) and "glue" it on the cupcake.