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Chocolate–Peanut Butter Spider Cupcakes

Cake mix and store-bought frosting are enhanced to create creepy yet cute Halloween spider cupcakes that will impress a crowd.

Serves 12
Ready in 33 mins
Prep time 15 mins
Cooking time 18 mins
541 calories per serving


> 1 (15.25 oz) box chocolate cake mix
> 1 1/4 cups water
> 1/2 cup vegetable oil
> 3 large eggs
> 1 (16 oz) can vanilla frosting
> 1 cup creamy peanut butter
> Pinch of sea salt (optional)
> 12 pitted dates
> 1 (0.67 oz) tube black decorating gel


Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake liners. Prepare the cake mix according to package directions using the water, oil, and eggs.
Bake cupcakes 15–18 min., until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack 10 min., then remove from pan to finish cooling completely.
When cupcakes have cooled, in a medium bowl, combine the vanilla frosting and peanut butter. Stir in 1 tbsp water if the frosting is too thick. Using a piping bag or a spatula, frost cupcakes. If desired, sprinkle frosting with a pinch of sea salt. Top each cupcake with a date in the center for spider body. Using the decorating gel, pipe 4 legs to each side of date for spider legs.


To avoid nut allergies, replace peanut butter with sunflower butter.

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