These are a huge hit with kids!

Recipe Summary

prep:
1 hr
cook:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
24 cupcakes
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Prepare cupcakes according to package directions. Let cool completely.

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  • Cut licorice into 3 inch sections. Working with one or two cupcakes at a time, so the frosting doesn't set before decorating, frost the cupcakes with the white frosting. Insert licorice pieces into the outer edges of the cupcakes to make the legs of the spider, 3 legs on each side (4 takes up too much space). Place two pieces of candy corn on the front of the cupcake for fangs and use two red hots as eyes. Sprinkle with decorator sugar. Repeat with remaining cupcakes.

Nutrition Facts

260 calories; protein 1.7g 4% DV; carbohydrates 49.8g 16% DV; fat 6.4g 10% DV; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 241.1mg 10% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2004
Very cute! Fun. Black Shoe Lace Licorice! GOOD LUCK FINDING- This is what I did and found (licorice wheels unroll and pulled the two strings apart also pull apart licorice in the Berry (dark purple Color) Black not available. If you want to know more on WHY YOU CAN'T HARDLY FIND BLACK SHOE LACE LICORICE READ BELOW: In regards to the Black Shoe Lace Licorice. I called over 20 stores in my area and visited serveral with no avail. I ended up Calling Kraft Hershey Farley Sanders etc. to find out what the deal was. They don't make it anymore and gave me a number in my state to check with smaller a candy Company. They inturn helped me find the product. GOOD LUCK! The customer service depts at the big candy makers said they would put in their 2 cents for selling it around Halloween/ fall because various RECEIPES and PROJECTS CALL FOR IT. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/14/2011
they were good but I didn't use the shoe string licorice I used just orignal licorice but if I used either licorice it would take you a long time to put on the licorice. So I give it three stars. Read More
(11)
92 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 55
  • 4 star values: 32
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2004
Very cute! Fun. Black Shoe Lace Licorice! GOOD LUCK FINDING- This is what I did and found (licorice wheels unroll and pulled the two strings apart also pull apart licorice in the Berry (dark purple Color) Black not available. If you want to know more on WHY YOU CAN'T HARDLY FIND BLACK SHOE LACE LICORICE READ BELOW: In regards to the Black Shoe Lace Licorice. I called over 20 stores in my area and visited serveral with no avail. I ended up Calling Kraft Hershey Farley Sanders etc. to find out what the deal was. They don't make it anymore and gave me a number in my state to check with smaller a candy Company. They inturn helped me find the product. GOOD LUCK! The customer service depts at the big candy makers said they would put in their 2 cents for selling it around Halloween/ fall because various RECEIPES and PROJECTS CALL FOR IT. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/08/2003
These are pretty cute to make. I suggest inserting the licorice into the cupcakes before frosting them...it made it so much easier this way. Also I couldn't find black licorice ropes so I used red Twizzlers Pull and Peel. Next time I'll use decorators gel and add 2 dots for nostrils for the spiders nose. I couldn't find orange crystals so I just tinted the white frosting orange and it looked fine. Recommended for Halloween parties for sure!! I hope the kids enjoy these at my son's school party!!! Thanks for posting this Heatherly! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/05/2009
I found it SO HELPFUL to prepare everything & lay it all out the counter in sections before beginning to decorate. Saved so much trouble of trying to stick my messy hand that would occasionally touch icing into a bag of candy! I also used regular black licorice; HOWEVER they do NOT transfer easy if you're using one of those cupcake carriers to take them somewhere. The legs get in the way so you lose a lot of space & I cut the licorice super short!:) SO... I made half spider cupcakes & then half the bat cupcakes (from this site). That way there was only a spider cupcake every other space which made it easier to stick them in whatever pan you have. The skinny licorice stuck on the sides of the cupcakes instead of on top did help them stay on longer. Try the bat cupcakes b/c they're equally cute! I like the idea of just using black piping to create the full long leg look too. I mean...who likes to eat black licorice anyway? Oh wait my husband...but most people don't;) Have fun with these and use different colored icing or even try a cupcake recipe (on this site) that has something gooey in the middle like peanut butter. They can be guts of the spider Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2007
This recipe was very fun to make with my granddaughter. I used the black vines and cut in thirds then cut those thirds lengthwise. They legslooked hairy and as a bonus you get 6 legs out of one vine! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2010
I love the idea for the cupcakes. Another good one you young ladies might try is meatballs set in a glass dish of deep red tomato sauce (I'd added red food color). Use carrot or pickle strips for legs olive slices for eyes. etc. Place them in a long narrow dish with parsley sprigs for trees and bushes. I'm 75 and when my husband was alive we came up with all kinds of crazy stuff. Friends would drop by just to see what we'd thought up. They really liked our big fat "bugs". Would love to be able to do that stuff again. I think my daughter in Washougal WA. got the urge. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2003
Excellent & fun to make. I bought all my ingredients for the toppings at the bulk barn. (Black shoestring licorice sold there also - prepackaged) The licorice pieces can be inserted right into the sides of the iced cupcakes to ensure the 'legs' won't fall off. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2007
These were so fun to make and my daughter's pre-k class LOVED them! I was able to find the black twizzlers at CVS but they were way too heavy. So instead I used pretzel sticks for the legs!! They were sooo cute! Thanks for such a cute idea! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/08/2007
This was a lot of fun to make and my adult friends loved it. We used red licorice instead no one liked the black. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2006
I made these cute little cupcakes for my Church's Halloween party. Everyone loved them and gobbled them up. For the icing I just made a basic buttercream frosting and used food coloring to make it orange. It worked well and they were a hit. Thank you for posting them:) Read More
(14)
Rating: 3 stars
11/14/2011
they were good but I didn't use the shoe string licorice I used just orignal licorice but if I used either licorice it would take you a long time to put on the licorice. So I give it three stars. Read More
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