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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen

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
  • Sprinkles
  • 24 miniature marshmallows, cut in half
  • 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 in 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 large marshmallows in half crosswise; place a half on each cupcake. Frost marshmallow and top of cupcake. Dip cupcakes in sprinkles. Place a dab of frosting on each miniature marshmallow and press on to cupcakes. Place a dab of frosting on each M&M and press on to marshmallows 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.
Nutrition 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.

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