Monday, October 28, 2013

Quick and Easy Creepy Cupcakes

Easy Creepy Cupcakes

I can’t believe Halloween is just around the corner. It always sneaks up on me before I get to make all the treats I have sketched out in my head. But since we’re just a few days away I thought I’d slip in a quick last minute treat I made Sunday that’s as much creepy as it is cute.

And it’s pretty easy to boot. There’s hardly any decorating, so you can whip them up super last minute.

Chocolate Cupcakes

Just bake up your favorite cupcakes. I used this easy chocolate cupcake recipe.

Orange frosting

You’ll totally need some frosting, too. Color it orange, purple, black, green or just leave it white.

Plastic Spiders

And then you’ll need the creepiest plastic spiders you can find.


I like these long-legged little guys a lot. Eeek!

I’ve been dying to use them on something since I bought them a while ago. Of course, Halloween cupcakes were perfect.

Unfortunately, I have no memory of where I picked them up, but if you’re looking for some plastic spiders – start with dollar stores or craft stores. Or any of those pop-up Halloween shops. They’d probably have something.

Chocolate cupcakes

Now you can make your cupcakes super easy by just frosting them with one color.

Spider Cupcake

And perching your creepy spider right on top.

I think they’d look pretty sharp in solid white frosting, too.

Easy Creepy Spiders

But I wanted them a little snazzier – so I made them with white sugared webs.

Decorating Cupcakes

Reserve some of your frosting before tinting it a color and use it to pipe three circles on top of the cupcake.

Just use a ziploc bag with the corner snipped off to pipe if you don’t have a decorator bag or icing tip.

A. Then drag a toothpick through the icing starting from the center and moving towards the edge of the cupcake to create the web.


B. Dip the top of the frosted and piped cupcake in a small bowl of white sanding sugar to coat and then drag a toothpick through. I think this makes them a little prettier and it flattens the web into the frosting so it doesn’t look like it’s sitting on top of it. If you need to adjust the web shape, you can do so easily by nudging the sprinkle coated surface a bit.

Spider Cupcakes

So cute!

I mean, so totally creepy.

I hope you guys have a happy and safe candy-filled Halloween!

Katie said...

Adorable and so creative! I love the way the cupcake looks dipped in white sugar :)

October 28, 2013 01:26 AM
Leslie said...

Umm. Love those spiders! so cute.

October 28, 2013 01:41 AM
Wendy said...

Too cute and so easy to make! Great job!

October 28, 2013 01:56 AM
courtney said...

these are the cutest!

October 28, 2013 02:08 AM
Cindy C said...

Simple and cute! … Though I always have such issues getting my frosting that shade of orange :/

October 28, 2013 02:17 AM
Jayne said...

Long legged spiders… really? Brrr… LOL. Can’t handle them. I’m gonna use these tips to make pretty pink and white frostings with star bursts on them. Less menacing than spiders. *help*

October 28, 2013 03:15 AM
Sosheil said...

ADORABLE! I have to bring a goodie for a Halloween potluck and I think these will be perfect – love the little spideys! I’m sure I can find them where children’s costumes are sold, like at a big pharmacy store. THANKS – TOO CUTE!!!

October 28, 2013 03:23 AM
Deon@ipinnedit said...

Oh my gosh! You always seem to be able to make something so simple turn out so fancy and adorable! I think I could totally do these! Thanks tons!

October 28, 2013 03:33 AM
Anne said...

I for once I thought those spiders were made of chocolate! I love this idea. It’s so simple and easy to do. Must try! Thanks for sharing.

October 28, 2013 05:05 AM
Abi said...

They look amazing, so cute and creative!!

Please check out my new baking blog, for recipes for sweet treats! xxx

October 28, 2013 05:42 AM
The Party Suite at Bellenza said...

That added sparkle from the sugar makes these ‘ready to party’!

October 28, 2013 06:03 AM
mindy1 said...

Cute creepy and easy :D

October 28, 2013 06:11 AM
Better With Sugar said...

These are awesome! And what a great idea with the sugar on top, I love the look!

October 28, 2013 07:39 AM
Rebecca said...

I love how you take an idea (that web) and make it extra special/pretty/fabulous.

October 28, 2013 08:00 AM
Allison @ thebakingyear said...

adorable!! can’t wait to make them!

October 28, 2013 08:02 AM
Robyn | Add a Pinch said...

Creepy, crawly and oh so cute! Love them!!! xo

October 28, 2013 08:41 AM
Winnie said...

So adorable.!

October 28, 2013 08:45 AM
Lucy said...

Snazzy . . .love it. We need to use that word more often. :)

October 28, 2013 09:52 AM
Melanie said...

So easy… I like these!! I may have to make some this week.

October 28, 2013 10:58 AM
Brenda @ SweetSimpleStuff said...

Sooo cute … sorry, not spooky :) Love the sparkly sugar!

October 28, 2013 11:44 AM
Michelle @ Life on the Horizon said...

So easy and cute!

October 28, 2013 12:26 PM
Kaci said...

So super cute! I am in charge of the class treat this year…just might have to copy this! As always thanks for sharing!

October 28, 2013 03:20 PM
Coco in the Kitchen said...

Love the orange sparkly web and
the long-legged spidies!

October 28, 2013 04:20 PM
bec said...

oh, so cute! i love the little spider and web!!

October 28, 2013 04:39 PM
Greta said...

Cute cupcakes Bakerella! We carry those spiders in our shop

October 28, 2013 11:31 PM
Bakerella said...

Thanks for the info Greta – It’s highly possible I bought them there.

October 28, 2013 11:58 PM
Elaine said...

Simple and cute! : )

October 29, 2013 12:15 AM
Kim said...

I searched every store locally trying to find creepy crawlies for my cupcakes for the Girl Scout Halloween party. I couldn’t find anything! Not eve gummy worms! I guess next time I will have to shop earlier! Love your little spiders! Too cute!

October 29, 2013 12:37 AM
Beki G said...

These are awesome and is perfectly easy for Halloween. Congratulations on winning the Craftsy Blogger Awards. You were the first baking blog that I was introduced to and helped turned my sugar hobby into a full fledged baking business. I read every single post and learned so much. Thank you!!

October 29, 2013 11:07 AM
the emily said...

Is white sanding sugar different that regular sugar? Could you use regular sugar if there is a difference?

October 29, 2013 01:42 PM
Denise said...

Someone just told me of your blog and also “Cooking With Mr. C.” on Facebook, also a blog. I just “Liked” his Facebook page and came to your blog. It looks good. Denise

October 29, 2013 08:35 PM
Ev said...

They look great dipped in the sugar – I am definitely going to do this for Halloween. Thanks for the tip

October 29, 2013 10:04 PM
Alexa said...

They look so tasty, I want them for halloween <3

October 29, 2013 10:54 PM
Our Vintage Life said...

You make even the simplest things look so wonderful! I tip my hat to you! :-)

October 30, 2013 10:55 AM
Jennifer said...

These look great!! Love the sugar.

October 30, 2013 06:12 PM
Mikky said...

Hope you have a happy Halloween Bakerella!


October 30, 2013 10:42 PM
Suzanne said...

Sooo spooky yet yummy – I want them <3

November 1, 2013 12:48 AM
Caz said...

These look soooo yummy, wish I’d have seen these yesterday lol :)

November 1, 2013 01:33 AM
Kirsten said...

These look awesome! I wish we celebrated halloween in NZ so I could join in on all the cool baking. Maybe next year

November 3, 2013 04:37 PM
Clement Lau said...

Hi there! First of all, I really like the design of your website it is simple yet attractive. I think no one can denied the ‘easy creepy cupcake’ you share to us is beyond creativity. It is so adorable and creative, even though I’m not really a cupcake person but this design just incredible! Thanks for sharing the recipe, I guess is time for me to learn something new. It’s really a great sharing especially Halloween is just around. Keep all the good stuff coming, keep up the good work! Have a nice day.

November 5, 2013 12:25 PM
Cupcakegirl said...

Those are awesome

November 10, 2013 10:21 AM
Ladybug said...

I have to say that the picture of the orange frosting made me incredibly hungry! I love frosting! :-D

January 10, 2014 11:21 PM
sue griffore said...

love the webs! Can these be made the day before – OR will the sugar melt into the icing?

September 7, 2014 06:28 PM
sue griffore said...

Please………. want to make these. Can these be made the day before…….. OR — will the sugar melt into the icing???? Thank you………

September 21, 2014 11:00 PM
Emily (B. Lovely Events) said...

Oh My Goodness these Spider Cupcakes are seriously Lovely! I love the little spiders that you made! I just had to include them in my round up of super cute spider ideas for Halloween!
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October 13, 2014 11:05 PM
Michelle @ The Gathering of Friends said...

Love the webs! Absolutely adorable! We featured this recipe in our Featured Friday blog post last week for Halloween Desserts! I hope you can visit link to

October 14, 2014 12:34 PM
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