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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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  • Alida77
    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

  • cnab
    Nov 4, 2008

    I made these for my grandson with gluton free browine cupcakes there where a big hitThanks for the fun recipeHolly D Tacoma Wa

  • cheryl shanks
    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.

  • mandmkitties
    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

  • dmgiblin
    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.

  • marapillot
    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!

  • DrRock
    Oct 29, 2008

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