Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Spider Cupcakes


This week's Halloween themed cupcakes are spider cupcakes. I decided to make these, after finding the always growing stash of candy, all our relatives buy the kids when they come visit. I stumbled upon a few bags of licorice laces and thought they would make the cutest spider legs. I wish I would have had some black licorice laces, but I had to make due with pink, LOL. I think it makes the spiders that more interesting.


These are super simple to make. The hardest part it guessing how long to cut the legs. If you make them too long, then you'll run out of licorice; if not, well then your spider will look silly. I really don't think the kids would mind though. Mr.B and Queenie were delighted to see the candy adorned cupcakes. I mean cake, frosting AND candy??!?!

Spider Cupcakes
printable version

1 box white cake mix
1/2 C bittersweet chocolate, melted
3 eggs
1 1/4 C water
1/3 C vegetable oil
2 Pkg licorice laces, any colour (There was about 6-7 laces in my bag)
73 black M&Ms
1 roll of red fruit leather
1/2 C graham cracker crumbs
1/4 C Oreo crumbs

1/3 C butter or margarine
3 Tbs cocoa powder
3 C powdered sugar
3-4 Tbs strong coffee

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare cake mix according to package directions, using eggs, water, oil and melted chocolate. Pour into paper lined muffin tins; only pour to fill to about halfway up. Bake for 15-25 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool completely.

For Frosting: In a bowl cream together the butter and cocoa. Slowly beat in powdered sugar; mixture will be very crumbly. Add in coffee, 1 Tbs at a time, until desired consistency is reached.

To Assemble Spiders: In a soup bowl, mix together the graham crumbs and Oreo crumbs; set aside. Cut licorice laces into 1 1/2 inch pieces. Frost each cooled cupcake with frosting and carefully dip into the crumb mixture. Gently press 3 M&Ms into the lower half of the cupcake; to resemble spider eyes. Carefully insert 8 of the licorice pieces into the outer edge of the spiders, on either side. Cut fruit leather into tiny triangles, to resemble fangs. Carefully insert the fruit leather triangles into the front edge of the cupcake, just below the eyes.


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MM said...

Cindy-you always have such cute desserts. I like the pink legs--girlie spiders!

Creative Cupcake Recipes said...

Love your topping.

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HoosierHomemade said...

Super cute! Love the pink legs!
Thanks for sharing on Cupcake Tuesday!

Christy said...

so cute! i just love seeing all your creative cupcake ideas. thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club