Use store bought or homemade cupcakes to make these spooky Halloween spider cupcakes!
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Spider cupcakes are a must for any fun Halloween party! Made with black licorice, these spider cupcakes are easy to make.

Cute and easy spider cupcakes are fun to make for Halloween. Use homemade or store bought cupcakes, black licorice, and frosting to make treats for parties or just fun!

Spiders are almost a necessity for Halloween food and decorations.  We usually make spider cookies for Halloween, but this year we wanted spider cupcakes.  These are super cute and fun to make!

We used homemade cupcakes, but if you're in a pinch, grab some white frosted cupcakes from the grocery store and just put spiders on top of them. It's a quick and easy way to make a last minute Halloween treat.

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Start with your favorite cupcake recipe. We used a boxed chocolate cupcake mix. But homemade or even store bought cupcakes work.

The frosting recipe we used on the cupcakes is not a standard buttercream frosting. I believe it's called a boiled-milk frosting and it's an older variation on buttercream.  It's nice and fluffy and not overly sweet. Any frosting will work, of course – even store bought – but this is a great frosting for cupcakes.

To make the frosting, heat flour and milk in a saucepan on medium heat for a few minutes stirring constantly with a whisk until sauce is thick like a pudding. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

In a mixer, beat butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes or so and scraping the bowl down every minute. Add flour mixture and beat until frosting consistency forms. This will take a while to beat, about 7-10 minutes. Don't give up, just keep beating!

Frost completely cooled cupcakes with white frosting. Now the fun part – making spiders! The spiders are made out Haribo Licorice, Wilton Black Icing, and candy eyes.

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Unroll licorice rolls and cut into 2″ sections. Separate the two pieces by tearing apart of cutting with a knife.

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Add a large dollop of black icing for the body and a small dollop for the head onto the frosted cupcakes.

Lay 8 licorice legs onto the spider (4 on each side) and top with additional black icing. Add two candy eyes to the small dollop.

Repeat for all cupcakes.

black-spider-cupcakes

Spider Cupcakes


Ingredients

White Frosting Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Spider Ingredients

  • 2 Wilton Decorating Icing in Black (8oz)
  • Candy Eyes
  • Haribo Licorice Rolls

Instructions

  1. White Frosting Directions:
  2. In a saucepan heat flour and milk on medium heat for a few minutes stirring constantly with a whisk until sauce is thick. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  3. In a mixer, beat butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes or so and scraping the bowl down every minute. Add flour mixture and beat until frosting consistency forms. This will take a while to beat, about 7-10 minutes. Don't give up, just keep beating!
  4. Frost cupcakes with white frosting.
  5. To make Spiders:
  6. Unroll licorice rolls and cut into 2" sections. Separate the two pieces by tearing apart of cutting with a knife.
  7. Add a large dollop of black icing for the body and a small dollop for the head onto the frosted cupcakes.
  8. Lay 8 licorice legs onto the spider (4 on each side) and top with additional black icing. Add two candy eyes to the small dollop.
  9. Repeat for all cupcakes.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 3664kcal Calories from fat 2030
% Daily Value
Total Fat 226g 348%
Saturated Fat 126g 630%
Transfat 7g
Cholesterol 500mg 167%
Sodium 498mg 21%
Carbohydrate 408g 136%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 350g
Protein 12g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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6 comments on “Licorice Spider Cupcakes

  1. Adorable! Featuring at Family Fun Friday this week in my round-up of 20 Sometimes Spooky and Always Seet Halloween Recipes for Kid: https://www.happyandblessedhome.com/20-sometimes-spooky-always-sweet-halloween-recipes-for-kids/
    Thanks for sharing!
    Monica

  2. They look wonderful! Perfect for Halloween. Thank you for bringing these along to Fiesta Friday!
    Ginger x

  3. These are really cute! pinning this for later.

  4. I’m not a fan of spiders, but I think I would happily tuck into one of these cupcakes!

  5. I love these!! I have to pin it! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up – Would love it if you would comment there! And don’t forget to visit a few other bloggers while you’re there!

  6. You would not believe the trouble I had finding black licorice ropes last year! These are so adorable.

    Thanks for sharing with us on Creative K Kids #TastyTuesdays