Creepy Cupcakes Recipe

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Creepy Cupcakes Recipe
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Creepy Cupcakes Recipe

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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.
MAKES:
9 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:
9 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package (18-1/4 ounces) devil's food cake mix
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, 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 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 mixing bowl, cream butter, cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, 2 tablespoons milk and vanilla; mix well. Remove 1 cup; tint orange 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, pint 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.
Originally published as Creepy Cupcakes in Country Woman September/October 2000, p25

  • 1 package (18-1/4 ounces) devil's food cake mix
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, 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
  1. 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 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.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream butter, cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, 2 tablespoons milk and vanilla; mix well. Remove 1 cup; tint orange 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.
  3. For spider, insert chocolate kiss, point side down, next to edge of cupcake. Insert chocolate chip, pint 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.
Originally published as Creepy Cupcakes in Country Woman September/October 2000, p25

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luann1 User ID: 3478508 79206
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2008

"Made them for Halloween. they turned out great"

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