Spooky Spider Cupcakes/Muffins for a Howling Halloween!

65 mins (prep 40, cooking 25)
13 ingredients
12 servings
I JUST love these little spider cakes, when I make them, their faces make me laugh - well, I am easily pleased! Furthermore, they are VERY tasty - they have a much better flavour than NORMAL spiders I find, their legs are a little too chewy! The cake mixture is a double chocolate cake mixture - with cocoa and chocolate pieces, topped off with a chocolate butter cream. The decorations are made using Liquorice Allsorts and liquorice strings/laces or Catherine wheels as we call them in Great Britain. They are easy to make and can be frozen before you decorate them. I made these for TOTM Cooking School September 2008 - I hope you find the step-by-step photos handy when you come to bake and decorate them. An idea we had for an adult Halloween party - turn the spiders upside down so they have their legs in the air, and scatter wine corks amongst them on a plate........only joking! :-) If you fancy some wise companions for these spooky spiders, try these: Twit Twooo, Hooting Halloween Owls - Halloween Cupcakes/Muffins.

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Serving Size (77.32 g)
Servings 12
Amount per Serving
Calories 312.51 Calories from Fat 129.51
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14.39g 265.57%
Saturated Fat 8.91g 534.39%
Trans Fat 0.55g %
Cholesterol 38.38mg 153.54%
Sodium 177.08mg 88.54%
Total Carbohydrate 43.86g 175.44%
Dietary Fiber 2.0 g 96.11%
Sugars 30.61 g %
Protein 4.01g 96.14%
Vitamin A 424.71IU% Vitamin C 0.22mg%
Calcium 72.87mg% Iron 0.72mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
chopped chocolate, softened butter