Spooked at the thought of all the Halloween temptations we are about to experience at the scariest season of the year?
Well you need not fear – these Spooky Spider Cupcakes are lighter on the waistline, and are sure to be all the fright at your next Halloween party.
The cupcakes themselves are made with just THREE ingredients: boxed cake mix, canned pumpkin and WATER! The topping is a chocolate glaze, just a smear - just enough to help the sprinkles and eyeballs adhere to the cupcake.
And the verdict in my house, everyone thought they were SPOOK-tacular!
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Spooky Spider Cupcakes
Servings: 18 • Size: 1 cupcake • Points +: 4* pts • Smart Points: 6
Calories: 139.5 • Fat: 3.5 g • Carb: 26 g • Fiber: 2 g • Protein: 1.5 g • Sugar: 17 g
Sodium: 291 mg
- 16.5 oz Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake mix
- 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp canned 100% pure pumpkin
- 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp water
For the glaze:
- 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp confectioners' sugar
- 4 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp 1% milk, plus 1 tsp if needed
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
For the toppings:
- 6 tbsp chocolate sprinkles
- black string licorice, cut into 2 inch strips (Wilton)
- Wilton eyeball candy
Preheat oven to 350°. Line a cupcake tin with 18 cupcake liners.
Combine pumpkin puree and water in a large bowl; mix to combine. Add chocolate cake mix and beat 2 minutes. (Be sure the cake mix is 16.5 oz or you'll have to adjust the other ingredients)
Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 15 minutes.
For the glaze combine all dry ingredients, add vanilla and 1 tbsp milk, adding 1/4 tsp more at a time if needed until smooth.
Place sprinkles in a bowl.
To add legs, poke holes with a bamboo stick, then insert. Can be made the night before. Makes 18.
*Nutritional info includes everything except eyes and legs.