Get ready for a Halloween party with these spooky cupcakes made sweeter with Fanta Orange.
2 cups Fanta Grape
10 Medjool dates
1 cup desiccated coconut, plus 1/3 cup extra to roll
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 tablespoon coconut oil
48 (100g) pretzels
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Place Fanta Grape in a large frying pan. Bring to the boil over high heat. Boil for about 8 minutes or until reduced to 1/4 cup. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside to cool.
Place dates in a bowl and cover with water. Stand for 1 hour. Drain and discard seeds.
Process dates, Fanta reduction, 1 cup desiccated coconut, chia seeds and coconut oil until mixture comes together.
Place extra coconut in a shallow dish. Roll level tablespoons of date mixture into balls and toss in coconut to coat.
Break pretzels to form small curved legs. Push into balls to act as legs and use pepitas to make eyes.
Spider’s web cupcakes
1/2 cup light olive oil
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup wholemeal self-raising flour
2 teaspoons mixed spice
1 1/2 cups (260g) firmly packed coarsely grated carrot
1/4 cup Fanta Orange, plus 2 tablespoons extra
80g dark eating chocolate, melted
250g cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup icing sugar, sifted
Orange food colouring (see note)
Preheat oven to 180C or 160C fan-forced. Line a 12-hole muffin pan with paper cases.
Whisk oil, brown sugar and eggs in a large bowl until combined. Stir in 1/4 cup FANTA Orange. Stir in flour and mixed spice until combined. Stir through carrot until combined. Spoon into prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted in centre comes out clean. Cool in pan for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Line a large baking tray with baking paper. Place chocolate in a piping bag or a snap lock bag. Snip off end and pipe 12 spider webs onto prepared tray. Chill for 1 hour or until set.
Using an electric beater fitted with a paddle attachment, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add icing sugar and beat until combined. Add extra Fanta Orange and beat until combined. Add enough drops of food colouring until icing is orange (add gradually to get right the colour)
Spread icing over cooled cupcakes. Decorate with chocolate spider web.