Spider Cupcakes for Halloween

Halloween will soon be here! And we are still in the midst of Covid-19 with a lot of places seeing the number of people affected climbing steadily each day. Are you debating on how to celebrate Halloween this year? Should you take your kids trick-or-treating or keep them at home? What about parties? I would like to offer you some options this year to make your Halloween a little safer. I will be sharing some ideas of things you can do at home so that even though this year might be different, it can still be fun. For today, let’s make some easy Spider Cupcakes! Start by making your favorite flavor of cupcakes and frosting…or purchase some from your local grocery store or bakery. I decided to make chocolate cupcakes.

And some vanilla frosting. Mmmm!

I chose Whopper Malted Milk Balls for the spider’s body. You could also use a small donut hole or something else round.

I bought a can of black frosting to use for making the spider’s legs.

But I found it difficult to control the stream of frosting that came out of the can. It was like nothing was coming out and then suddenly, WHOOSH and there was a huge blob of frosting. 😦 Lucky for me, my daughter suggested putting the black frosting into a ziploc bag and cutting a very tiny hole in one corner of the bag. This worked great! It was much easier to get a smooth steady amount of frosting coming out this way.

Place a Whopper candy in the center of a frosted cupcake. Then using the black frosting, draw 8 legs. (Yes, spiders have 8 legs.)

I also added 2 tiny dots of frosting on the candy to give the spider some eyes.

Cute, isn’t he? (Well if spiders can ever be called cute, I guess it would have to be this kind!) I experimented a bit with different ideas of where to draw the spider’s legs and I decided I liked this way better. Feel free to draw the legs on however you like best.

And that’s all there is to it! Ta dah! You have spider cupcakes for Halloween!

Now, just for some added amusement, here are some other ideas that I tried that may or may not have turned out quite so nicely. Haha! I tried adding some sprinkles AFTER I made the spider but the first time, the frosting had already dried enough that the sprinkles mostly bounced off the cupcake. The next time I made the spider and while the frosting was still wet I added sprinkles but then the sprinkles stuck to the spider’s eyes and legs and looked kinda weird. So I tried putting the sprinkles on first and then making the spider, but I thought it made the cupcake look too busy. It’s your call…kids love sprinkles! My daughter also suggested I try making a spider web and you can see how that turned out…a little bit wonky but kinda cute.

Maybe using orange frosting would be neat? Or maybe orange and green sprinkles? The moral of the story is, make the cupcakes in the way you think is fun and they will be great! (And taste good too!) You could make these for your kids or you could make them together for a fun Halloween project. Even if they turn out a bit wonky like some of mine, you can still spend time together and giggle over your masterpieces. 😉 Have fun! I’ll be back next week with some more safe-at-home-Halloween ideas!