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halloween spider cupcakes
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Halloween Spider Cupcakes

Create creepy, crawly Halloween cupcakes by topping it with a fondant spider. Perfect for any Halloween dessert table.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time24 mins
Total Time44 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: halloween, halloween cupcake, halloween party food, halloween party recipe, halloween recipe, kids halloween recipe, Spider Cupcakes
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Calories: 158kcal
Author: Lindsay
Cost: $20


  • Cupcake Pan
  • Electric Mixer


  • Chocolate cake mix + all ingredients to make it
  • 5-6 oz. black fondant
  • 12 toothpicks
  • 2 sticks butter softened
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  • ¼ tsp red gel food coloring
  • ½ tsp yellow gel food coloring
  • Green decorating frosting
  • Black decorating frosting


  • To begin, prepare cupcakes using a chocolate cake mix. Most cake mixes yield 24 cupcakes, so you can half the ingredients since the decorations in this recipe are enough for one dozen.
  • As the cupcakes bake, prepare the fondant spider body: roll out 12 1-inch black fondant spheres and set aside.
  • Next, roll out ½ inch black fondant spheres.
  • On one toothpick, insert one 1-inch sphere, followed by the smaller sphere.
  • Gently squeeze the end of the larger sphere, giving it a rounded-cone shape.
  • Repeat for all spheres/toothpicks.
  • Trim the toothpick so that it is no longer visible.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat together softened butter, sugar and milk until smooth. Start electric mixer’s speed on low and gradually increase to high.
  • Add red and yellow gel food coloring into buttercream mixture and beat until completely tinted.
  • Scoop orange buttercream into a piping bag with Wilton tip #12 attached. Frost each cupcake.
  • Place on fondant spider body on each frosted cupcake.
  • Using Wilton tip # 3, frost two eyes on each head (smaller fondant sphere) with the green decorating frosting.
  • Using Wilton tip # 5, frost out 4 legs on each side of each spider with the black decorating frosting. Serve and enjoy!


Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 3mg | Sugar: 39g | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg