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                      Spooktacular Chocolate Cupcakes
 
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 Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Halloween
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    2      Cups          all-purpose flour
    2      Cups          sugar
      3/4  Cup           cocoa
    1      Teaspoon      baking soda
    1      Teaspoon      salt
      1/2  Teaspoon      baking powder
      3/4  Cup           shortening
      3/4  Cup           buttermilk
      3/4  Cup           water
    2                    eggs
    1      Teaspoon      vanilla extract
                         Assorted candies (optional)
                         Peanut Butter Cream Filling:
    2      3 Oz Package  cream cheese -- sofrened
      2/3  Cup           creamy peanut butter
      1/4  Cup           milk
    1      Teaspoon      vanilla extract
    3      Cups          powdered sugar
 
 Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Line muffin cups which are 2 1/2 in diameter
 with paper baking cups.
 
 Stir together dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Add shortening, buttermilk,
 water, eggs and vanilla.  Beat on low speed of electric mixer 30 seconds,
 scraping bowl constantly.  Beat on high speed 3 minutes, scraping bowl
 occasionally.  Fill muffin cups 1/3 full with batter.  Bake for 20 minutes
 or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.  Remove from pan to
 wire rack.  Cool completely.
 
 Prepare Peanut Butter Cream Filling:  Beat cream cheese and peanut butter in
 a large bowl until well blended.  Add milk and vanilla; beat well.
 Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until smooth.  Add additional milk, 1
 tsp. at a time, until desired consistency.
 
 Place peanut butter cream filling into a pastry bag, fitted with a large
 star tip.  Insert tip into center of cupcakes; pipe filling into cupcake.
 Remove tip from cake; garnish top with swirl of filling.  Decorate with
 candies if desired.  Cover; refrigerate leftover cupcakes.  Yields about 3
 dozen cupcakes.
 
 Source:  Daily Breeze Food Section - October 26, 1994 
 
 
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