Spooky Spider Cupcakes

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

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Spider Cupcakes Recipe for Halloween

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

  • 2 Hours 10 Minutes Total Time
  • 24 Servings

All You Need Is ...

For the cupcake

  • 1 box Betty Crocker™ Devil’s Food Cake Mix
  • 120ml vegetable oil
  • 230ml water
  • 3 medium free range eggs

For the decoration

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

Made with these Betty Crocker ™ products

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Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C for fan assisted ovens)/Gas Mark 4. Line 2 x 12-hole muffin trays with paper cupcake cases.

In a mixing bowl, stir the cake mix, oil, water and eggs gently together, then whisk (by hand or electric mixer) for 2-3 minutes until smooth and creamy. Divide the mixture evenly between the cupcake cases. Bake both trays 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 icing in a large bowl and use the green food colouring paste or gel to colour the icing bright green. Reserve 1 tablespoon of icing. Use a small palette knife to spread the remaining icing on the top of the cupcakes.

Using the tubes on black writing icing, pipe 4 concentric circles on each iced 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 icing 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 icing, if you like, purple or orange will work well too.

You can buy larger packs of strawberry and blackcurrant fruit pastilles. Mix it up by using a combination of the two, if you prefer.

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