Halloween Cupcakes – Spider Webs

Creepy crawly spiders and webs can add ambiance to your Halloween bash. These chocolatey cupcakes (see recipe below) are topped with our buttercream frosting — go to (Halloween Cupcakes -Pumpkins) for the recipe. We used violet paste food coloring; red and blue gel color will also do the trick.

Plastic spiders are all around at local markets in October. You can also make your own spiders with black licorice or fondant like the creatures above.

To create the web, draw three concentric circles atop your cupcake. You can use ready-made frosting in a tube, or make your own and pipe it through a small round hole. A plastic bag filled with icing and snipped at the corner will also work for the circles.

Next, use a tooth pick to gently draw from the center circle to the edge of the cupcake. Repeat this until you have the desired look for your web.

Be creative and try different colors for frosting and webs. I like a chocolate frosted cupcake with a white piped web. Really, any colors will make fun Halloween treats! Just remember to add the spider!

Happy Halloween!



Chocolate Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes


  • 1 cup un-sifted unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 ¾ cup sifted flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 ½ cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine cocoa with boiling water in medium bowl, mixing with wire whisk until smooth. Cool completely.
  3. Sift flour with soda, salt and baking powder; set aside.
  4. Beat butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla in large bowl.
  5. With electric mixer at high speed, mix until light (about 5 minutes). At low speed, beat in small amounts of flour, alternating with cocoa mixture. Don’t overbeat.
  6. Insert paper liners in 24 muffin cups. Fill each cup ½ full of cake batter.
  7. Bake 17 – 20 minutes at 350 degrees or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  8. NOTE: Sometimes we use cakes mixes. We actually like cake mixes. Our favorite chocolate cake mix is Better Crocker Triple Chocolate Fudge. We just make a couple of simple changes. We add the recommended amount(s) of oil and eggs. Then fill a liquid measuring cup to the half cup line with sour cream. Add water on top of the sour cream until it reaches the amount of water called for. Mix as directed.




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