Spider Cupcakes Recipe

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Spider Cupcakes Recipe
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Spider Cupcakes Recipe

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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
MAKES:
24 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:
24 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package (18-1/4 ounces) chocolate cake mix
  • 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 miniature baking bits
  • 192 pieces black licorice (3 inches)

Directions

Prepare cake batter according to package directions. Fill 24 greased or paper-lined muffin cups. Bake at 350° for 21-26 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
For frosting, combine the sugar, cocoa, butter and milk in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Cool to 110°. Beat with a wooden spoon until thickened and mixture begins to lose its gloss, about 8 minutes.
Cut marshmallows in half widthwise; place a half on each cupcake. Frost marshmallow and top of cupcake. Dip cupcakes in chocolate sprinkles. Place a dab of frosting on each baking bit 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.
Originally published as Spider Cupcakes in Taste of Home October/November 2005, p23

Nutritional Facts

1 cupcake (calculated without licorice): 246 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 186mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

  • 1 package (18-1/4 ounces) chocolate cake mix
  • 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 miniature baking bits
  • 192 pieces black licorice (3 inches)
  1. Prepare cake batter according to package directions. Fill 24 greased or paper-lined muffin cups. Bake at 350° for 21-26 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  2. For frosting, combine the sugar, cocoa, butter and milk in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Cool to 110°. Beat with a wooden spoon until thickened and mixture begins to lose its gloss, about 8 minutes.
  3. Cut marshmallows in half widthwise; place a half on each cupcake. Frost marshmallow and top of cupcake. Dip cupcakes in chocolate sprinkles. Place a dab of frosting on each baking bit 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.
Originally published as Spider Cupcakes in Taste of Home October/November 2005, p23

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Alida77 User ID: 5546345 66805
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2010

"Outstanding & very creative. It was a hit in my Halloween party. I used an Ina Garten chocolate cupcake recipe.

Great job!
Alida"

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cnab User ID: 1953723 130571
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2008

"I made these for my grandson with gluton free browine cupcakes there where a big hit

Thanks for the fun recipe
Holly D Tacoma Wa"

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cheryl shanks User ID: 2939528 64149
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2008

"These cupcakes tasted good, but... the icing and sprinkles ran off the sides of the cake and the black licorice was not able to be found."

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mandmkitties User ID: 1733386 57959
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2008

"These were a breeze to prepare, and if you want to omit the marshmallow, fill the cupcake tin more for a higher cupcake. Kathy B., Tonawanda, NY"

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dmgiblin User ID: 2150746 145069
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2008

"I actually wanted to make them for the volunteer work that I do but could not find that kind of licorice in any store in my area."

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marapillot User ID: 3401060 152615
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2008

"this was a fun cupcake to make however the chocolate sauce was not as tasty as i would have liked. i could not find the pull apart licorice so i bought regular black licorice and made bat wings instead of spider legs. They easily became bat wings instead of spider legs!"

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DrRock User ID: 2239849 131452
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2008

"I Love all the Recipes, keep sending them!!!!"

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