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Pumpkin Nightcrawler Cupcakes

Adapted from Eating the Beats

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The Dish

Pumpkin-coffee cupcakes with mocha frosting, "dirt" and bugs. Adapted, just slightly, from Annie's Eats. Makes about 24-30 cupcakes.

The Cupcakes

You'll Need:

3 cups all-purpose flour;
2 tsp baking soda;
2 tsp baking powder;
2 tsp cinnamon;
1/4 tsp nutmeg;
1/4 tsp ground cloves;
1 tsp salt;
1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin puree;
1 cup sugar;
1 cup packed light brown sugar;
1 cup canola or vegetable oil;
3 tbsp instant coffee powder;
4 large eggs.

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The Frosting

You'll Need:

1 stick of butter, at room temperature;
1 3/4 cups powdered sugar, separated;
2 tbsp cocoa powder;
1/2 tbsp instant coffee dissolved in 1/2 tbsp vanilla;
2 tbsp milk

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The Toppings

You'll Need:

Gummy worms, bugs, etc. (I used gummy centipedes cut in half and Willy Wonka Sluggles);
about 1 cup of chocolate cookie "dirt" (I tossed Trader Joe's Chocolatey Cat Cookies in the food processor)

About Laura Leebove

Laura Leebove is the Brooklyn-based writer and self-taught home cook behind Eating the Beats. Her full-time gig is in the editorial department at eMusic, and she spends most of her free time in the kitchen of her Bushwick apartment. Follow her on Twitter at @leebovel.

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