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Spider Cupcakes

Kids will scream in fright, or delight, for these super cute Spider Cupcakes.

Halloween themed cupcakes are so much fun. 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 liquorice; if not, well then your spider will look silly. I really don't think the kids would mind though. Mine 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 liquorice 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 liquorice 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 liquorice 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.


  1. I absolutely love your recipes!
    Keep them coming just in time for Halloween!
    These look so fun yet so simple!
    Perfect for me who is crap in the kitchen!
    Great post!

  2. You are giving me some great baling ideas for the fall..thank you!

  3. Oh my goodness! These look delicious and like so much fun!!
    I would have never thought to mix oreos and graham crackers!

    1. LOL, I'm full of great ideas ( and a lot of not so great ones too)

  4. The coupcakes look so delectable. Never thought oreo and graham crackers can be such a good combination! Time to try... Thanks for sharing

    1. Cookies and frosting, no better combination! Thank you for taking the time to visit today :)

  5. I can feel the weight gain already just looking at it. Yum!


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