Black and Purple and Full of Spiders

Sounds appetizing, right?

Oh it is.

I was insane to make these – I had no free time last week and the two hours I did have were devoted to being in the kitchen.  I used my old tried and true frosting recipe:


1/2 C Earth Balance

1/2 C Vegetable shortening

1/4 C cocoa powder

3 C powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla

2 T soymilk


  • Mix the Earth Balance and shortening together until thoroughly combined
  • Mix in cocoa until incorporated
  • Mix in powdered sugar in small batches until completely incorporated
  • Add the vanilla and soymilk and mix until fluffy
  • Store in the fridge until using or use immediately.  If you store it for later, let the frosting sit at room temperature for a half hour or so before using.  Re-mix it too.  Ya know.

For the cake, I used Dreena Burton’s recipe for Chocolate Sin-nammon cake in Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan.  Hooray!


Oh yeah, and how ’bout that President Obama?

9 responses to “Black and Purple and Full of Spiders

  1. These cupcakes look so good! The colors are so awesome, so Halloween!

  2. Sparkles & Spiders!

  3. yay obama! yayayaya. DUDE those cupcakes look awesome! i am so jealous of the peeps who got to eat them up. i was at babycakes on halloween, so at least i got my cupcake fix.

    and yes, a tasting tour of NYC will definitely be in order!

  4. GORGEOUS!! You have incredible talent for decorating!

  5. Love those colors! They’re so festive… and chocolate- What’s not to love?

  6. These cupcakes are rad! I am going to make these soon!

  7. This recipe was selected at Today’s Vegan Recipe of the Day over at Vegan Digest.

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