How to Make Spider Web Cupcakes

Updated on August 29, 2018
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Decorating Ideas for Spider Web Cupcakes

Try these fun and easy decorating ideas for your spider web cupcakes.
Try these fun and easy decorating ideas for your spider web cupcakes. | Source

Easy Cupcake Decorating

If you are looking for some easy decorating ideas for your batch of spider-themed cupcakes, you have stopped at the right place. You definitely don't have to be a professional baker to create these simple spider web cupcake designs. Whether you are making a batch for a Halloween or birthday party, or you just need a special treat to take to work or school, your guests will adore the creativity of these homemade cupcakes.

In this article, you will find a list of supplies and step-by-step directions for creating three super-easy decorating ideas. Read further to learn how to make a simple spider web cupcake design, a batch of pull-apart cupcakes in the shape of a spider web, and spooky-looking spider cupcakes.

Spider Web Cupcakes

If you need a quick and easy decorating idea for your batch of spooky cupcakes, this spider web design is the way to go. I made these cupcakes for my son's kindergarten class last year and they absolutely loved them. An added bonus is the plastic spider ring that the kids get to keep once they are finished with this delicious treat. Below is a list of supplies and step-by-step instructions for creating this simple cupcake design.

Supplies:

  • Cake mix
  • Cupcake liners
  • White buttercream icing
  • Chocolate icing
  • Plastic spider rings
  • Decorator tool or plastic bag
  • Toothpick

Directions:

  1. Bake your cupcakes according to the directions given on the back of the cake mix box. Once completely cool, frost the cupcakes with white buttercream icing.
  2. Using a decorator tool or plastic bag, create 2 circles on each cupcake with the chocolate icing. Insert a toothpick into the middle of the cupcake and drag to the outer edge. Continue this process all the way around the cupcake to create your spider web.
  3. When the spider web design is complete, insert a plastic spider ring into the middle of each cupcake.

How to Decorate Spider Web Cupcakes

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Our finished spider web cupcakes.Frost cupcakes with white buttercream icing.Make 2 circles with chocolate icing.Insert a toothpick in the middle and drag it out to the outer edge create the web.Add a plastic spider ring to finish the cupcake.
Our finished spider web cupcakes.
Our finished spider web cupcakes. | Source
Frost cupcakes with white buttercream icing.
Frost cupcakes with white buttercream icing. | Source
Make 2 circles with chocolate icing.
Make 2 circles with chocolate icing. | Source
Insert a toothpick in the middle and drag it out to the outer edge create the web.
Insert a toothpick in the middle and drag it out to the outer edge create the web. | Source
Add a plastic spider ring to finish the cupcake.
Add a plastic spider ring to finish the cupcake. | Source

Easy Way to Decorate Spider Web Cupcakes Video

Pull-Apart Spider Web Cupcakes

Another quick and easy decorating idea for your spider web cupcakes is to create this fun pull-apart design. These treats look great served on a large platter for your party guests to grab and enjoy. Although these kind of cupcakes can sometimes create a bit of an icing explosion when pulled apart, I tried to lessen this problem by frosting my cupcakes individually and only connecting them with the web made out of a thin layer of chocolate icing. Here is a list of what you will need and directions for creating this pull-apart cupcake design.

Supplies:

  • Cake mix

  • Cupcake liners

  • Buttercream icing

  • Green and yellow food coloring

  • Chocolate icing

  • Decorator tool or plastic bag

  • Plastic spider rings

  • Serving platter

Directions:

  1. Bake and completely cool cupcakes according to the directions given on the box. Whether using store bought or homemade buttercream icing, add 3 drops of yellow and 1 drop of green food coloring to achieve a lime green color.
  2. After frosting your cupcakes, arrange them on a serving platter in a circular shape. Fill a decorator tool or plastic bag with chocolate icing and slowly squeeze the icing out to start creating the web design. I started on the outside and worked my way into the middle connecting each cupcake into the spider web.
  3. When finished with the design of the web, add plastic spider rings to the middle of the web and all around the platter to complete a more spooky appearance to the batch of cupcakes.

How to Create Pull-Apart Spider Web Cupcakes

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Our finished pull-apart spider web cupcakes.Frost cupcakes with lime green buttercream icing.Arrange cupcakes in circle shape.Use chocolate icing to create the web.Add plastic spider rings for added decoration.
Our finished pull-apart spider web cupcakes.
Our finished pull-apart spider web cupcakes. | Source
Frost cupcakes with lime green buttercream icing.
Frost cupcakes with lime green buttercream icing. | Source
Arrange cupcakes in circle shape.
Arrange cupcakes in circle shape. | Source
Use chocolate icing to create the web.
Use chocolate icing to create the web. | Source
Add plastic spider rings for added decoration.
Add plastic spider rings for added decoration. | Source

Helpful Tip

Before inserting the spider legs into the cupcakes, bend the black licorice into your desired leg shape. If you try to shape them after inserting, it will mess up the appearance of the "hairy" icing on the spider's body.

Spider Cupcakes

Our final easy cupcake decorating idea is this fun design made to look like a creepy, crawly spider. Both kids and adults will go crazy once they see these treats decorated with yummy chocolate icing, marshmallows, and black licorice. These cute cupcakes would look perfect on the food table next to a platter of the pull-apart spider web cupcakes. Below is a list of supplies and step-by-step directions for creating these spooky spider treats.

Supplies:

  • Cake mix
  • Cupcake liners
  • Chocolate icing
  • Small marshmallows
  • Black licorice
  • Decorator tool or plastic bag

Directions:

  1. After baking and cooling the cupcakes, fill a decorator tool or plastic bag with chocolate icing. I used a star shaped tip and squeezed drops of icing onto the cupcake to create a hairy appearance for the body of the spider.
  2. To create the spider legs, cut and half a piece of black licorice both width and length wise. Repeat this process with another piece of licorice to create the 8 legs needed for each cupcake. Insert the legs into the chocolate icing.
  3. Add 2 small marshmallows to each cupcake to create the eyes. Drop a dot of chocolate icing to both marshmallows to finish this batch of spooky spider cupcakes.

How to Make Spider Cupcakes

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Our finished spider cupcake.The supplies to make spider cupcakes.Cut 2 pieces of black licorice to create the spider legs.Frost with chocolate icing and add 8 legs to each cupcake.Add 2 marshmallows and dot with icing to create the eyes of the spider.
Our finished spider cupcake.
Our finished spider cupcake. | Source
The supplies to make spider cupcakes.
The supplies to make spider cupcakes. | Source
Cut 2 pieces of black licorice to create the spider legs.
Cut 2 pieces of black licorice to create the spider legs. | Source
Frost with chocolate icing and add 8 legs to each cupcake.
Frost with chocolate icing and add 8 legs to each cupcake. | Source
Add 2 marshmallows and dot with icing to create the eyes of the spider.
Add 2 marshmallows and dot with icing to create the eyes of the spider. | Source

Edible Spider Web Cupcake Toppers

Supplies
How to Make Cupcake Toppers
M&M's, icing
Place an M&M on the top of each cupcake. Use black or brown colored icing to create the spider legs and drops of white icing for the eyes.
Gum drops, icing
Add different colors of gum drops to each cupcake. Create the legs with black or brown colored icing and drops of white icing for the eyes.
Oreos, chocolate dipped pretzel sticks, icing
Place an Oreo on the top of each cupcake. Add chocolate dipped pretzels for the legs and drops of white icing for the eyes.
Egg shaped chocolate candy, icing
Add an egg shaped chocolate candy to the top of each cupcake. Use black or brown colored icing for the legs and drops of white icing for the eyes.
Fondant or meltable chocolate
Create a spider web using white, brown, or black colored fondant or meltable chocolate. Allow time to set and cool before adding to the cupcakes.

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Halloween Cupcake Decorating Ideas

All of the above easy cupcake decorating ideas are the perfect addition to any Halloween party or birthday celebration in the month of October. Arrange your cupcakes on a cupcake stand or serving platter and add fake spider webs or plastic spider rings around your batch to give it a more spooky appearance. No party guest will be able to resist grabbing one of these fun and yummy homemade treats.

I hope you have found a fun and easy decorating idea to use when creating your own batch of spider themed cupcakes. If you have any questions or comments about the above design ideas, feel free to leave these in the comment section provided below.

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      • Kristen Howe profile image

        Kristen Howe 

        3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

        Alissa, I love this idea for the cupcakes. Voted up for awesome!

      • alissaroberts profile imageAUTHOR

        Alissa Roberts 

        6 years ago from Normandy, TN

        Thanks so much thebookmom! Hope you and the kids enjoy making them as much as we did! Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

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        Alissa Roberts 

        6 years ago from Normandy, TN

        Thanks so much mvillecat! We love Halloween in this house too :) I appreciate the vote up and tweet!

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        Alissa Roberts 

        6 years ago from Normandy, TN

        So happy to hear you enjoyed the ideas Stephanie! Thanks so much for the vote up and pin!

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        thebookmom 

        6 years ago from Nebraska

        Oh my word, such fun ideas! Can't wait to try the pull apart and the licorice legs...I see cupcake making in our fall future. Great hub!

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        Catherine Dean 

        6 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

        Very cool. I love, love Halloween! These cupcakes are fantastic. I voted up and tweeted.

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        Stephanie Henkel 

        6 years ago from USA

        These are terrific ideas for Halloween or for any kids who love creepy crawlies! Voted up and pinned!

      • alissaroberts profile imageAUTHOR

        Alissa Roberts 

        6 years ago from Normandy, TN

        Thanks so much K9! That is why I love Halloween so much because of all the fun and spooky foods you can make :) Appreciate your visit and for all your sweet comments!

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        India Arnold 

        6 years ago from Northern, California

        Cute, cute, and creepy cute! How much fun are these going to be for Halloween this year!? This hub makes me want to create some creepy crawly food-fun for myself. Great pictures, too! So much fun to had here.

        HubHugs~

      • alissaroberts profile imageAUTHOR

        Alissa Roberts 

        6 years ago from Normandy, TN

        Haha I am not a fan of spiders either...but all of these guys are super friendly and oh so delicious! :) Thanks so much for all your kind words, vote up, pin, and tweet - really appreciate all that hub love!

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        Cynthia Calhoun 

        6 years ago from Western NC

        YUM! But, I admit, I got a little bit of the creepy-crawlies going while you were talking about spiders. Hehe. This is so simple and yet it looks so good! I voted up/pinned/tweeted this because the pictures are *fabulous* Thanks!

      • alissaroberts profile imageAUTHOR

        Alissa Roberts 

        6 years ago from Normandy, TN

        Lol the "Cup Cake Lady" - I love it :) So happy to see you Rebecca and thanks so much for adding your sweet comments!

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        Rebecca Mealey 

        6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

        You are definitely the " Cup Cake Lady." I love the pull-a part spider web cup cakes!

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        Alissa Roberts 

        6 years ago from Normandy, TN

        Thanks BlissfulWriter! Happy to hear you enjoyed the cupcake ideas! Absolutely, you can pin any picture you would like on Pinterest :) Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

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        Alissa Roberts 

        6 years ago from Normandy, TN

        Thanks so much bridalletter! My boys absolutely love Halloween so we thought we would get an early start on some festive cupcakes :) Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

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        Alissa Roberts 

        6 years ago from Normandy, TN

        So happy to hear you like the cupcake ideas donnah75! Thanks so much for the vote up, pin, and share!

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        BlissfulWriter 

        6 years ago

        Looks amazing and perfect for Halloween. I can pin the picture on Pinterest?

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        Brenda Kyle 

        6 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

        I am a halloween fanatic so I just love these. Thank you for including a youTube video and the instructions. I do like the pull apart cupcakes too.

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        Donna Hilbrandt 

        6 years ago from Upstate New York

        Classic, fun idea for Halloween. Voted up. Pinned and shared.

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