Spider web cupcakes topped with chocolate spiders are a perfect Halloween dessert for school parties, house parties, Halloween bake sales, or to make with the kids at home just for fun.
Looking for more spider-themed treats? Check out these no-bake spider treats and these easy spider brownie bites.
I consider Halloween to be the big kick-off to the holiday season — a.k.a. baking season.
This means spending lots of time in the kitchen baking up delicious Halloween treats for my family. The great thing about baking with family is that it doesn’t only end with a delicious treat, but it also can create wonderful memories that last a lifetime.
This Halloween cupcake recipe is great to make with the kids.
But no worries if you don’t have any kids. Adults will totally get a kick out of these creepy Halloween cupcakes as well. I mean who doesn’t want to eat spider webs?
The cupcakes themselves are easy to make. Start with cupcakes made with your favorite cupcake recipe, or with a boxed cake mix.
Then the real magic comes from how we will decorate the cupcakes.
Ingredients & Supplies
This section includes ingredient notes and substitution options. Get all measurements, ingredients, and instructions in the printable recipe card at the end of this post.
First, let’s take a look at what you will need to make this spider dessert.
- chocolate cupcakes
- chocolate frosting
- black and white Candy Melts
- chocolate M&M candies
- black sanding sugar
- cupcake liners
How to Make Spiderweb Cupcakes
Step 1: Frost cupcakes with chocolate frosting.
Step 2: Melt white candy melts per package directions and transfer to a small plastic bag with the tip cut off for piping (or use piping bags). Pipe spider webs onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Make the webs a bit larger than the cupcake tops. Allow to cool completely and set.
Step 3: Melt the black candy melts and add to another baggie. Use this to pipe spiders onto another sheet of parchment paper. I started with a dime-sized dot and then added 4 legs on each side.
Step 4: Sprinkle the black sugar over the spiders and place a chocolate candy in the center.
Step 5: Once the spider and web are completely set, peel them off the paper and place them carefully onto the cupcakes. First, gently press the web into the frosting and then top it with the spiders.
I hope that you enjoy this fun and delicious Halloween treat.
Switch up the colors. Who says a spider can’t be hot pink or lime green? Switch it up by using different colors of candy melts to make the spiders and their webs.
Switch up the flavors. Feel free to play around with the flavors of the cupcakes themselves and the frosting, too. For example, vanilla frosting with strawberry cupcakes sound delish (and would be great paired with pretty pink spider webs!).
More Halloween dessert recipes
Looking for more spooky Halloween desserts? Try these:
- Witch Hat Cupcakes
- Frankenstein Jolly Rancher Suckers
- Mummy Rice Krispie Treats
- Bloodshot Monster Eyeball Doughnuts
- Ghost Doughnuts
Spider Web Cupcakes
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- 12 prepared chocolate cupcakes, unfrosted
- 16 ounces chocolate frosting
- 10 ounces White Candy Melts
- 10 ounces Black Candy Melts
- 12 M&M candies
- Black sprinkling sugar
- Frost cupcakes with chocolate frosting.
- Melt white candy melts per package directions and put in a small plastic bag for piping.
- Pipe spider webs onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Make the webs a bit larger than the cupcake tops. Allow to dry.
- Melt black candy melts per package directions and put in a small plastic bag for piping.
- On a parchment lined baking sheet, pipe small spiders. I started with a dime sized dot of chocolate, and then added 4 legs on each side.
- Sprinkle black sugar over the spiders and place a chocolate candy in the center. Allow to dry.
- Once spider and web are completely set, peel them off the paper. Place a spider web on each cupcake, and set a spider on top of each web.
The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by a third party and intended to serve as an estimate only. The accuracy of nutritional information is not guaranteed.
Valerie Gray (@valmg) says
Those look terrific! That’s very creative that you formed the webs before the chocolate dried, at first glance I wasn’t sure how you got them so solid.
Kelly Stilwell says
These are so cute, and I think I could do this with my daughter following your instructions! Thanks for making it look easy!
Marcie W. says
What a spooky yet scrumptious idea! These cupcakes are totally perfect for Halloween. I love that you added sugar to the spider legs for texture too.
So usually I look at tutorials and am like – urm 50 ingredients there’s no way I could pull that off but this looks super easy and they’re really fun to make. We’re going to be checking out Charlotte’s Webb for homeschool soon and these would make a perfect snack for us to create together!
Love these! I want to give them a try. I know my kids would absolutely love them. They look easy yet adorable at the same time.
Diane Hoffmaster says
You are incredibly talented! Those tiny little spider webs with spiders on them are amazing!
Adelina Priddis says
OH these are so fun! My son just got the shivers looking at them, lol.
These are so cute! I love the idea. Thanks for the recipe/instructions.
BILL HOFF says
We are always looking for different treats to prepare the grand kids…and me!
These look amazing!! I never would have thought to use melts like that, what a fun idea for cupcakes.