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Spider Cupcakes Recipe

Spider Cupcakes Recipe

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 YIELD:24 servings


  • 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)


  • 1. Prepare cake mix batter according to package directions.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. Cool to 110°. Transfer to a large bowl. Beat until thickened and mixture begins to lose its gloss, about 8 minutes.
  • 5. 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.
  • 6. 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.

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.

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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!

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"

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."

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"

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."

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!"

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

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

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