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Scary spiders top cupcakes to make a treat perfect for a Halloween party.

Spiderweb Cupcakes | Taste and Tell

I saw a pin on Pinterest awhile back that I got a big chuckle out of. I think I mostly laughed because I could totally relate with it. I often see ideas in books or online, and thinking that I can do anything, soon find out that many of these things aren’t as easy as they look, or they take a lot of practice.  For my daughter’s last birthday, I saw a gorgeous cake online, and decided that I was going to try to make it for her.  Thank goodness it was only family that came to her birthday party – otherwise, I might have been too embarrassed and there wouldn’t have been a cake!!

That’s kind of how I felt when I went to make these cupcakes.  Let’s be honest here – I chose these cupcakes because they were cute, they looked easy, and my life has been a little crazy and hectic and short on extra time lately.  I went super easy and made the cupcakes from a box.  I threw together a basic buttercream, then set out to make the spiders.  Let me just say – these are not as easy as the originals look online!!

Spiderweb Cupcakes | Taste and Tell

I think my first mistake might have been because the recipe calls for “large” black gumdrops.  I didn’t want to buy a whole bag of gumdrops, so I just picked the black ones of the bulk bins at the grocery store.  And all they had were the normal sized gumdrops.  Let’s just say that those gumdrops do not roll into the perfect little spider legs like they are supposed to.  And the gumdrop I put on top didn’t roll into a perfect circle, either.  Instead, I was stuck with the gumdrop shape, which makes them kind of look like a black octopus to me, instead.  But – I still think that this is a great idea – and a fun one, too.  And I think if you have the right gumdrops, this would be a fun one to get the kids involved with, too!

Spiderweb Cupcakes | Taste and Tell

Spiderweb Cupcakes
Scary spiders top cupcakes to make a treat perfect for a Halloween party.
Serves: 24 cupcakes
  • 1 batch cupcakes
  • buttercream frosting, tinted orange
  • black decorating gel
  • large black gumdrops
  1. Spread the frosting over the tops of the cupcakes.
  2. Squeeze circles of the gel on the tops of the cupcakes. Pull a toothpick through the circles to make the spiderweb design.
  3. To make the spiders: Cut one gumdrop into 8 pieces and roll into 8 legs. Place another gumdrop on top for the body. Place the spider on the cupcake.
  4. ----------------------------------
  5. adapted from Betty Crocker
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19 Responses to Spiderweb Cupcakes

  1. Bev Weidner says:

    Is it wrong that I just jumped out of my chair when I clicked on your site?

    Aside from that, y.u.m.

  2. Maria says:

    These are so fun! Perfect for Halloween!

  3. Cindy says:

    I think they are super cute! I love Halloween and have been posting Halloween cupcakes on Tuesdays, since the end of Sept, LOL.

  4. Karly says:

    These are adorable! I never even attempt this stuff anymore. I’ve finally learned my lesson.

  5. Kristy says:

    I love your version! They are so darn cute! And I actually would prefer the small gumdrops on top. 🙂

  6. Katrina says:

    These cupcakes sound awesome! Love the design too. So cute.

  7. jennifurla says:

    Those are so adorable

  8. Deborah, I think these turned out super cute! I wonder how piping the spider legs out of black tented buttercream would look and still use the gum drop for the spider body?

  9. Erin says:

    Things always appear easier and faster than they actually are. For what it’s worth, I think these look great! Super cute and fun 🙂

  10. Betty says:

    I think they turned out cute! I could tell they were spiders. 🙂 My grandson would love these!

  11. Lauren B. says:

    These are too cute! Good idea using a gum drop for the spider body!

  12. Cara says:

    The spiders are great! Perfectly scary looking!

  13. This looks so cute! This would be perfect for my annual Halloween party. I’d just have to make sure I didn’t eat them all before the guests arrived. I am a cupcake fiend! 😉

  14. These look so “creepy”! I love how simple they are to make!

  15. Meeta says:

    Creepy but lovely little treats. At Soeren’s school yesterday they had a visit from a person who brought tarantulas, snakes and scorpions – so Soeren is quite intrigued by them. It would be a pretty cool idea to make the class these as a special treat to Highlight the day again!

  16. Monet says:

    These things are ALWAYS harder than they seem. But yours turned out great! I’ve missed visiting! I’m so glad my arm is healing and I can type again. This looks so good (as always) and I’m already hungry again even though I just finished breakfast. Much love and many blessings from Austin!

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