*Recipe courtesy of Duncan Hines.

So deliciously simple, it’s scary! That’s the secret behind this recipe for moist chocolate cupcakes with a sweet cream cheese surprise filling. Scare up some smiles from your little monsters with these frightfully fun treats.

Hands on Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours



  • 1 (8ox.) block of cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 4 lg eggs
  • 8 drops yellow food coloring
  • 4 drops red food coloring
  • 1 pkg. Duncan Hines® Moist Deluxe® Devil’s Food Cake Mix
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tub Duncan Hines® Creamy Home-Style Classic Chocolate Frosting
  • 1 tub Duncan Hines® Creamy Home-Style Classic Vanilla Frosting
  • Chocolate decorating decors

Baking Instructions

1. Blend together cream cheese, 1 egg, sugar, 2 drops of red food coloring and 4 drops of yellow food coloring until smooth and creamy; set aside.

2. Preheat oven to 350° F. Place paper baking cups in muffin cups.

3. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Fill each muffin cup ½ full of batter. Place a dollop of cream cheese mixture in center of each cupcake.

4. Bake for 23-26 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow to cool in pan 5 minutes then remove to cooling rack to cool completely before frosting and decorating.

5. To decorate cupcakes — frost top of each cupcake with chocolate frosting. Tint ½ cup of vanilla frosting with 2 drops of red food coloring and 4 drops of yellow food coloring: set aside. Place remaining vanilla frosting into plastic resealable bag. Cut a pinpoint hole in one corner of the bag. Starting in the center, pipe frosting in circles on top of cupcakes, making each circle larger than the previous. Drag a toothpick through the circles in an outward, spoke like motion to create a spider web.

6. Place orange frosting into plastic resealable bag. For the head of the spider, pipe a small dollop of frosting onto frosting spider web. Pipe a slightly larger dollop beside the small dollop, for the body of the spider. Use chocolate decorating decors for the legs of the spider.

Makes 24 cupcakes

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