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Spider Cupcakes

 Spider Cupcakes
Spooky Spider Cupcakes are creepy—and easy! Make a chocolate cupcake into a spider by adding a half-marshmallow "body" under the frosting, licorice legs and mini M&M eyes. Add chocolate sprinkles for a "hairy" effect. —Darla Wester, Meriden, Iowa
24 ServingsPrep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 12 large marshmallows
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • 48 M&M's minis
  • 192 pieces black licorice (3 inches)

Directions

  • Prepare cake mix batter according to package directions.
  • Fill 24 paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for
  • 21-26 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.
  • For frosting, in a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cocoa, butter
  • and milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla.
  • Cool to 110°. Transfer to a large bowl. Beat until thickened and
  • mixture begins to lose its gloss, about 8 minutes.
  • Cut marshmallows in half crosswise; place a half on each cupcake.

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Spider Cupcakes (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Frost marshmallow and top of cupcake. Dip cupcakes in chocolate
  • sprinkles. Place a dab of frosting on each M&M and press on cupcakes
  • for eyes.
  • For spider legs, use a metal or wooden skewer to poke four holes on
  • opposite sides of cupcakes; insert a piece of licorice into each
  • hole. Yield: 2 dozen.