Dugouts and Diapers

Jessica Starr Nichols

Creepy Crawly Creations

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Only 13 days remain until Weston’s first birthday party. It is so hard to believe that he’s going to be one! Birthday parties are such a big deal these days. When I was a kid, my mom made a pitcher of kool-aid and had a cake, and that was an amazing party! Today, the pressure and the competition is on for some moms. Personally, I don’t get it, especially for a one year old who isn’t even going to remember the party! Most of our friends have children older than one, so I wanted to do something fun for them, and with Weston’s birthday being in October, what’s better than a costume party???? Every mom I know also appreciates their child getting more than one wear out of their halloween costume. To go along with the costume party, we are going to have bobbing for apples and halloween themed snacks. The best part is the creepy crawly spider cupcakes. If you’re making these for more than a group of about 20 people, you better recruit some helpers, because they are quite labor intensive.

I began by making a basic chocolate cake recipe and pouring it in the cupcake pan. I choose not to line the cupcake pan with paper liners because nothing infuriates me more than half of my dang cupcake being stuck to the paper liner!

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While the cupcakes are baking, you can begin peeling and cutting the Twizzlers candy for the spiders legs. This is the labor intensive part, because each spider needs 8 legs, so for 20 cupcakes, that’s 160 pieces.

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Once the cupcakes are finished baking, I take them out of the pan and let them cool on a piece of non-stick foil so I can get the next batch in the oven.

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Once cooled, spread chocolate icing on each cupcake and then apply chocolate sprinkles. WARNING: this project requires the big tub of chocolate sprinkles from Publix! I found it easier to pour all the sprinkles in a bowl and dip each cupcake in the sprinkles. After the sprinkles are applied, begin placing the Twizzlers candy that you cut into pieces earlier on either side of the cupcake, 4 pieces on each side. The last item are the M&M eyes. Make sure that the side with the “M” on it is to the inside. Simply stick them in the frosting, on the front of the cupcake, and there you have a super cute creepy creation that the kids are sure to love!

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Next week I will be sure to include all the logistics of the party from the Witch’s Brew Punch to the goody bags. So make sure you check it out!

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Author: jstarrnichols

I'm a stay at home mom that daily strives to be a Proverbs 31 woman to my husband and children.

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