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Creepy Cupcakes

 Creepy Cupcakes
With chocolate bodies and licorice legs, these cute spiders on cobwebs will "catch" attention fast! They're easy to scare up, too—our home economists simply put a Halloween spin on cupcakes they baked from a purchased mix.
9 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package devil's food cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon milk, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Red and yellow liquid food coloring or orange paste food coloring
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa
  • Round pastry tip #3
  • 9 chocolate kisses
  • 9 semisweet chocolate chips
  • Black shoestring licorice, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 18 white nonpareils

Directions

  • Prepare cake mix according to package directions.
  • Fill greased jumbo muffin cups with 1/2 cup batter. Bake at 350°
  • for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center
  • comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to
  • wire racks to cool completely. Cut a thin slice off the top of each
  • cupcake.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter, cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, 2
  • tablespoons milk and vanilla; mix well. Remove 1 cup; tint orange

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Creepy Cupcakes (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • and frost cupcakes. To the remaining frosting, add baking cocoa and
  • remaining milk. Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or
  • plastic bag; insert round tip. Fill with chocolate frosting. Pipe a
  • web on each cupcake; set remaining frosting aside.
  • For spider, insert chocolate kiss, point side down, next to edge of
  • cupcake. Insert chocolate chip, point side down, next to kiss.
  • Place four licorice pieces on each side of kiss. For eyes, pipe two
  • small circles of chocolate frosting on chocolate chip; insert
  • nonpareils. Yield: 9 cupcakes.