Tarantula Treats

Tarantula Treats

These chocolate cupcakes made using Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® cake mix are a perfect creative dessert for your Halloween.

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box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® dark chocolate cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
bag (12 oz) semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups)
tablespoons butter (do not use margarine)
3/4 cup whipping cream
tablespoons light corn syrup
orange jelly beans, if desired
Black string licorice, cut into 1-inch pieces, if desired
Chocolate sprinkles, if desired
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Place mini paper baking cup in each of 48 miniature muffin cups. Make and bake cupcakes as directed on box for miniature-size cupcakes, using water, oil and eggs. Remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, place chocolate chips and butter. In 1-quart saucepan, heat whipping cream and corn syrup to boiling; remove from heat. Pour over chocolate chips and butter; let stand 1 minute. Stir with whisk until smooth. Cover; refrigerate until spreadable, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Frost cupcakes with frosting. Place 2 jelly beans on each cupcake for eyes. Press 8 licorice pieces into frosting on each cupcake for legs. Decorate with chocolate sprinkles.
Makes 48 mini cupcakes
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Time-Saving Tip
If you don’t have time to make 48 miniature treats, tarantulas can easily be made using regular-size muffin cups. Simply follow the instructions on the cake mix package for regular-size cupcakes. Be sure to cut the licorice into 2-inch pieces instead of 1-inch pieces for the legs.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Mini Cupcake)
  • Calories 123
    • Total Fat 6g
      • (Saturated Fat 3g,),
    • Sodium 104mg;
    • Total Carbohydrate 16g
      • (Dietary Fiber 1g,
    • Protein 1g;
    Percent Daily Value*:
      • 1 Other Carbohydrate;
      • 1 Fat;
      Carbohydrate Choices:
      • 1;
      *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.