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Spooktacular Cupcakes

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Servings: 36
Categories: Cakes / Cupcakes / Desserts

2  c  Flour, all-purpose
2  c  Sugar
3/4  c  Cocoa
1  t  Baking soda
1  t  Salt
1/2  ts  Baking powder
3/4  c  Shortening
3/4  c  Buttermilk
3/4  c  Water
2    Eggs
1  t  Vanilla extract
    Peanut butter cream filling
    -(see below)
    Assorted candies (optional)
    Peanut butter cream filling:
6  oz  Cream cheese, softened
2/3  c  Creamy peanut butter
1/4  c  Milk
1  t  Vanilla extract
3  c  Powdered sugar

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin cups with paper liners. Stir together dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add shortening, buttermilk, water, eggs and vanilla. Beat on low speed of electric mixer for 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed 3 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Fill muffin cups one-half full with batter. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes, or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pan to wire rack. Cook completely. For filling: Beat cream cheese and peanut butter in large bowl until blended. Add milk and vanilla; beat well. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until smooth. Add additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until filling is desired consistency. Place peanut butter cream filling into pastry bag fitted with large star tip. Insert tip into center of cupcakes; pipe filling into cake. Remove tip from cake; garnish top with swirl of filling. Decorate with candies, if desired. Cover and refrigerate leftover cupcakes.

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