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Easy Spooky Spider Cupcakes Recipe
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Easy Spooky Spider Cupcakes Recipe

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“These delightful spiders are very tasty and easy to make. You can really let your imagination go wild with them!” Edie DeSpain - Logan, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • Orange paste food coloring
  • 24 Oreo cookies
  • Red or black shoestring licorice
  • 48 milk chocolate M&M's

Nutritional Facts

1 cupcake equals 232 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 204 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. Prepare and bake cake batter according to package directions for cupcakes; cool completely.
  2. In a small bowl, tint frosting orange; set aside 1 tablespoon. Frost cupcakes with remaining frosting. Place one cookie on each cupcake.
  3. For legs, cut licorice into 2-in. pieces; press eight pieces into each cupcake. Attach two M&M's to each cookie for eyes, using reserved frosting. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Spooky Spider Cupcakes in Simple & Delicious September/October 2009, p14

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Reviewed Jan. 1, 2014

"A big hit for my son's school Halloween party! Oreos did not hold up well, they became soggy and gummy - these need to be consumed within 24 hours of making."

Reviewed Jul. 26, 2012

"My niece love theses I also crushed up Orero's n made dirt with a gummy worm."

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

"This was such a fun thing to make! Very easy and the kids (and adults) loved them!!"

Reviewed Oct. 29, 2010

"Made these for my sons class party. All of the kids loved them! Will definately make again and again."

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