Spooky Spider Cupcakes

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

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Spooky Spider Cupcakes

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

  • 2 hr 10 min Total Time
  • 24 Servings

Ingredients

For the cupcakes

  • 1 box Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ Devil’s Food Cake Mix
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) water
  • 3 extra large eggs

For the decoration

  • 1 tub Betty Crocker™ Creamy Deluxe™ Vanilla Frosting
  • Green food colouring paste or gel
  • 2 small tubes black writing icing
  • 48 blackcurrant pastilles

Instructions Hide Images

Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan forced). Line 2 x 12-hole muffin pans with paper cupcake cases.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Expert Tips

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

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