1 (15.25- to 16.5-ounce) package dark chocolate cake mix
1 1/4 cups chocolate milk or water
3/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
6 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla
Large black gumdrops or other candies
Small gumdrops or other round candies
Black sparkle decorator gel
Black string licorice, cut into 2-inch pieces
Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cups into 24 muffin pan cups; set aside.
Combine all cupcake ingredients except chocolate chips in bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy; stir in chocolate chips. Fill prepared muffin cups 2/3 full.
Bake 17-19 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.
Combine powdered sugar, 1/2 cup butter, corn syrup and vanilla in medium bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Increase speed to high; beat, gradually adding enough half & half for desired frosting consistency.
Frost cupcakes. Create spiders using large gumdrop for body and small gumdrop for head. Make eyes with black decorator gel. Create legs by inserting 4 licorice pieces on each side of large gumdrop.
- Use a spring-loaded ice cream or cookie dough scoop to place batter into paper baking cups.
- Check the bulk candy section of the supermarket for fun candies to make these cute spiders!
- Use black sparkle decorator gel for legs instead of black licorice.