> 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.