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Not-So-Scary Spider Cupcakes

Updated on September 17, 2014
Not-So-Scary Halloween Spider Cupcakes
Not-So-Scary Halloween Spider Cupcakes

Halloween's always been a simple affair here in Japan and it's true even at my home. Still, I like to celebrate this fun holiday as it gives me an excuse to make something devilishly sweet. Most of the time, I stick to simple things like cookies or a seasonal pie. A few years back, I had baked an entire cake just for the occasion. 

This year, I decided to get a bit more creative but in a fun sort of way. I usually gravitate towards the sophisticated especially since I don't have any kids. Still I thought it would be fun to mix it up a bit and besides, what's so wrong with entertaining the inner child in all of us? 

I also kept things easy by using a boxed cake mix and a couple of store-bought ingredients. The frosting is made from scratch but they can be made in no time. They also taste better and not as tooth-achingly sweet as ready-made frosting. Trust me. 

Helpful Tips

  • Completely cool cupcakes before frosting
  • Use homemade frosting for better taste
  • Let your kids help you decorate the cupcakes

That's really all there is to it. Even if you don't celebrate Halloween, these are still amazingly fun to make and eat!

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Cook Time

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 50-60 minutes

Serves: 24 regular-sized cupcakes

First You'll Get Some Cake Mix

Betty Crocker Supermoist Cake Mix, Chocolate Fudge, 15.25-Ounce (Pack of 6)
Betty Crocker Supermoist Cake Mix, Chocolate Fudge, 15.25-Ounce (Pack of 6)

Although I usually bake my cakes from scratch, I resort to Betty Crocker when I'm short on time and energy. There is absolutely no measuring or sifting of ingredients ( well maybe eggs and oil ), and they always end up moist and yummy.

Bettery Crocker Cake Mixes come in an array of flavors and they are all really good.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 box chocolate cupcake mix
  • 3 cups confectioners's sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 -2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 -2 tablespoons orange food coloring
  • 24 oreo cookies
  • 48 pieces mini chocolate chips
  • 1 small bag black licorice laces

Silicone Bakeware Makes Life Easier

OvenArt Bakeware Silicone 12-Cup Muffin Pan, Red
OvenArt Bakeware Silicone 12-Cup Muffin Pan, Red

I love my silicone muffin pans and use them all the time. They are always non-stick and so easy to clean. They also don't rust like metal ones do. I don't know what I'd do without my muffin pan.

 

Instructions

  1. Bake 24 regular-sized cupcakes according to cake mix directions. Set aside and cool completely.
  2. In a big bowl, mix together the confectioners's sugar and butter with an hand or standing mixer.
  3. Mix on low until well blended. Increase to medium speed and beat 3 more minutes.
  4. Add vanilla extract and milk, beat for another minute adding more milk if necessary.
  5. Reserve 1/4 frosting and set aside.
  6. Add food coloring to 3/4 frosting and blend well.
  7. Pipe or spread the orange frosting onto cupcakes.
  8. Top each cupcake with an oreo cookie.
  9. Use the reserved white frosting to pipe on the eyes.
  10. Add eye pupils with the mini chocolate chips.
  11. Cut licorice laces into 2-inch lengths.
  12. Insert licorice laces to on either side of the oreo cookies to create spider legs.
  13. Your spider cupcakes are complete.

Need More Halloween Ideas?

Betty Crocker Halloween Cookbook (Betty Crocker Cooking)
Betty Crocker Halloween Cookbook (Betty Crocker Cooking)

Never run out of ideas with this delightfully scary cookbook. With nearly 100 recipes to choose from including one of my favorites, the Boneyard Dirt Pops.

With full colors of each recipe and tips to help you out along the way, this is one of the most complete Halloween resources available.

 

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Sykvertermouse, thanks so much. They really are perfect for children.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      TreasuresBrenda, thanks so much. I would love to see your board.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      SandyMertens, thanks! Let me know how they turn out.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      MelRootsNWrites, haha, yeah that one on the bottom wasn't too happy about the fact that he was about to be eaten.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      LisaDH thanks for dropping by!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Arachnea, thanks so much for your comments. glad you like them.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      These are really cute cupcakes and truly perfect for Halloween, especially for families with young children.

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      We used to make spider cupcakes. They can be as easy or as complicated as you like.

      Pinned to my Pinterest board, Best Halloween Board Ever.

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      These cupcakes look so cute. I may just make some.

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      Melody Lassalle 3 years ago from California

      This is so clever! I can see it would take some time to do, but how cute each cupcake looks. I'm a little worried about that one on the bottom plate, though. It has a suspicious look in it's eyes ;)

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      LisaDH 3 years ago

      Not so scary, but very cute!!

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      These are adorable. Very creative.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      So cute!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Nancy Hardin: Cake mixes really are great in a time crunch. Betty Crocker saves the day, once again.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Lorelei Cohen: Thanks Lorelei. I didn't do healthy this time, but everything in moderation is OK by me. :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      I like the orange icing on these. That is a really nice holiday touch.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      These are the cutest! I don't like real spiders, but I'd use these cupcakes any day. Adorable and so easy to make using a cake mix. I also agree on the homemade frosting, the canned stuff is much too sweet and heavy. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @DANCING COWGIRL: Aww thanks so much!

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 3 years ago from Texas

      These look like lots of fun to make and yummy to eat. Pinned this to my cool cakes board.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Craftymarie: Thanks! This really was fun to do.

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      Marie 3 years ago

      Love how you used the oreo cookies :) What fun - not too early either. We love Halloween!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Merrci: Aww that's so kind of you to say Merrci. I love your cauliflower recipes.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @CherylsArt: Thanks so much!

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Cute idea. : )

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      You are an artist, Smine27. Your creations always look so perfect. These look adorable and tasty too, of course. I'll definitely have to try your frosting recipe. Yum.