Spooky Spider Cupcakes

Total Time: 2 Hours 10 Minutes
Servings: 24

These fun cupcakes with their clever spider’s web pattern will delight Halloween trick or treaters!

All You Need Is ...

For the cupcakes
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 1 box Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ Devil’s Food Cake Mix
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 1/3 cup (80ml) vegetable oil
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 3/4 cup (180ml) water
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 3 extra large eggs
For the decoration
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 1 tub Betty Crocker™ Creamy Deluxe™ Vanilla Frosting
  • Small check mark in a circle icon Green food colouring paste or gel
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 2 small tubes black writing icing
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 48 blackcurrant pastilles

Betty's Easy Steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan forced). Line 2 x 12-hole muffin pans with paper cupcake cases.
  2. Open the cake box, remove enclosed frosting sachet and reserve for another use. Put the cake mix in a large mixing bowl and add the oil, water and eggs. Whisk (by hand or with an electric mixer) for 2-3 minutes, until smooth and creamy. Divide the mixture evenly among the cupcake cases. Bake both pans together in the oven for 18-22 minutes. Remove from the oven and carefully transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely; about 30 minutes.
  3. Put the frosting in a large bowl and use the green food colouring paste or gel to colour the frosting bright green. Reserve 1 tablespoon of frosting. Use a small palette knife to spread the remaining frosting on the top of the cupcakes.
  4. Using the tubes on black writing icing, pipe 4 concentric circles on each frosted cupcake. Gently draw the tip of a cocktail stick through the circles from the centre outwards at intervals to create a spider’s web pattern on each cupcake.
  5. Use a rolling pin to flatten 24 of the pastilles into ovals. Cut each into 8 thin strips and place the strips on top of each cupcake to form the spider’s legs. Top each with a whole pastille for the spider’s body using the reserved frosting to secure in place. Using the black writing icing, pipe tiny eyes on the spiders. Serve immediately or keep in a cool place for up to 2 days.

Betty's Tips

  • Change the colour of the frosting, if you like, purple or orange will work well too.