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Halloween Cupcakes – Spiderweb Design

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I made these Spiderweb Halloween cupcakes this year, and got so many compliments that I just had to share.

The thing is, these cupcakes were so easy to make, that I can hardly call it a recipe at all.


You Martha Stewart types out there will scoff at the shortcuts I took.

But for me the shortest distance from raw materials to finished product is what works.

If it is too time consuming, it just won’t happen.

So, to answer your questions: yes – I used a cake mix and yes – I used ready made frosting.


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How to Make Spiderweb Halloween Cupcakes

This is how it's done.

1. Make the Cupcakes

I use a boxed cake mix to make the cupcakes.

Our family favorite is Duncan Hines Classic Yellow Cake Mix.

I have it used for years and am constantly amazed at how many compliments I get. After all – it’s a mix.

The key is in the cooking time.

If you overcook cupcakes they get dry.

So, follow the directions on the box, set a timer, and know your oven.

2. Mix Up The Frosting

While the cupcakes are cooling, mix some orange food coloring into a tub of ready made white frosting.

I used Duncan Hines Whipped Fluffy White – but any kind will do.

Keep this in mind – if you are using liquid food coloring (probably a mix of red and yellow) then the food coloring itself will change the consistency of the frosting – making it a little less thick.

The DH Fluffy White may become too thin to use, so a thicker frosting would be better.

I used Wilton paste food coloring in orange – so it did not dilute the frosting too much.

3. Spread Each Cupcake With Orange Frosting

Spread a thick layer of orange colored frosting on each cooled cupcake.

4. Draw a Spiral With Black Frosting Over the Orange Frosting

Now take your can of black decorator’s frosting and create a spiral design on top of the orange frosted cupcakes.

I used Betty Crocker Decorating Cake Icing.

It come in a pressurized can similar to whip cream.

Outfit the can with the small smooth round tip.

Black decorators icing.

Now draw a spiral on each cupcake with the black frosting.


5. Create Spiderweb Design With Toothpick

Take a toothpick and starting at the center of each spiral drag the toothpick through the frosting straight to the outer edge. (like spokes on a wheel).

Repeat this at regular intervals around the cupcake until you arrive back to the beginning.

toothpick directions

There you have it.

Add Some Spiders to your Halloween Cupcakes

You can make these Halloween cupcakes extra creepy, crawly by adding a spider to each cupcake:

  • pipe a small spider on each cupcake
  • pipe a large spider on a few of the cupcakes and leave an empty web on the rest
  • add a plastic spider ring into each web (NOTE – this is a choking hazard for small children – so only do this for older kids that know not to eat the plastic spiders)
  • decorate the Halloween cupcakes with edible candy spiders like these

These Spiderweb Halloween Cupcakes are an Easy Dessert Treat

Obviously, kids get a lot of sugary treats at this time of year.

I like that these cupcakes are a simple, easy Halloween treat that are not too over the top.

Share Your Halloween Favorites

What are some of your favorite baked Halloween treats?

Share in the comments below.

Yield: 24 Cupcakes

Halloween Cupcakes with Spiderweb Frosting Design

Halloween Cupcakes with Spiderweb Frosting Design

These Halloween cupcakes with a spiderweb design are a favorite dessert idea and really easy to make. Kids LOVE them.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes


  1. Line cupcake pans with paper cupcake liners.
  2. Prepare cupcakes according to package instructions.
  3. Cool completely on wire cooling racks.
  4. While cupcakes are cooling, add orange food coloring to white frosting and mix. Use the amount of food coloring needed to achieve your desired shade of orange.
  5. Using the black decorator's icing, pipe a spiral design on top of the orange frosting on each cupcake using a small, smooth, round decorator's icing tip.
  6. Take a toothpick and starting at the center of each spiral drag the toothpick through the frosting straight to the outer edge. (like spokes on a wheel). Repeat this at regular intervals around the cupcake until you arrive back to the beginning.
  7. toothpick directions
  8. Optional - add edible candy spiders to decorate your spiderwebs.

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