Cobweb Cupcake Icing
2 egg whites
2 1/2 to 3 cups confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
Black or dark brown food coloring
Make whatever kind of cupcakes you like - from scratch or mix
To make the icing:
Place the egg whites in a bowl.
Using an electric mixer set on high speed, beat until soft peaks form.
Add the confectioners' sugar, vanilla, and orange juice and continue to beat until thick and shiny.
If too thick, add more orange juice. If too thin, add more confectioners' sugar.
Transfer 1/3 of the icing to a small bowl and color with black or dark brown food coloring.
Spoon this dark icing into a pastry bag fitted with a tip, or pour it into a plastic squeeze bottle.
Now, ice the cupcakes and make the cobwebs:
Spoon the white icing into the center of the cupcake and spread with a small spatula or butter knife.
Starting at the center of a cupcake, pipe a spiral of the dark icing from the center to the outer edge.
Drag a sharp knife point from the center of the spiral to the edge of the cupcake.
Wipe the knife clean, move about a 1/2-inch to the left or right and drag the knife in the opposite direction from the outer edge to the middle of the cupcake.
Continue in this way until you have worked your way around the cupcake and formed the cobweb.
Repeat with the remaining cupcakes.