This Halloween season I decided to check out kraftfoods.com for some good holiday recipes I could prepare with my 4 year old niece. I was immediately attracted to the baking recipes. I noticed these Spider Cupcakes right away and thought they would be the perfect craft for Halloween. Most children love Halloween because of the candy and sweets they get, so why not make it even better by turning their sweets into fun crafts ideas!
I decided to use my own recipe for the cupcakes and frosting, but got the decorating ideas all from Kraft Foods. Making the mix for the cupcakes is very simple. I mixed a box of white cake mix (which requires 3 eggs, 1 cup of water water, and 1/3 cup of oil) 3 packages of instant vanilla pudding mix and we had the beginning of our cupcakes. We spooned the cupcake mix into 24 cupcake papers and began baking them at 350 degrees. The baking takes about 20 minutes.
While the cupcakes were in the oven, we began to prepare the frosting. To make the frosting, mix a 16oz package of cream cheese (softened) with 1 tsp of vanilla, a half stick of butter, and a 1lb bag of powdered sugar (add the sugar, with a sifter, gradually as you are whipping the frosting). Use a mixer if possible to whip the frosting until it has a creamy texture.
As the frosting came to the proper texture and the cupcakes were almost done baking and cooling, the real fun was about to begin!
The decorating of the cupcakes is going to be the most creative and fun part of the process, for you and the children. To decorate you will need: jelly beans, sprinkles, shoe string licorice (or, if that’s not available, use regular licorice, but cut it in half down the strand), and of course, your frosting.
Start by removing the cupcakes from their papers. Although most cupcakes stay in the papers, this wouldn’t be as fun if it wasn’t a little messy!
First, Frost the cupcakes on the top and all along the sides.Sprinkle brown sprinkles all over the top of the cupcake. Place two jelly beans on the top of the cupcake as “eyes” (as you may notice from the photo, my niece chose to also add a “nose” to the spiders.)Bend the licorice a little bit and poke it into the top of the cupcakes. You can add as many “legs” as you’d like. We chose to only do 4 since our cupcakes were relatively small.
Now you’ve got a fun, cute, and delicious craft for the Halloween season. Use your creativity to create other kinds of baked goods as well! The cupcake and frosting recipe is good no matter how you decorate the finished product!