Sunday, October 25, 2009

Spiders, Spiders, Spiders

I can’t stand spiders (ick), yet I can’t seem to stop making them for Halloween.

Spider Cupcakes

Some of the first cupcakes I ever tried to decorate were these spiders two Halloweens ago. The legs are licorice. They’re really easy to assemble. Just sprinkle chocolate jimmies on top of dark chocolate frosting and insert licorice legs. Plop on a couple of red mini m&m’s and you’re good to go.

Spider Cake Pops

Then, last year I tried to make some Spider Cake Pops. Again with licorice legs. (These aren’t as easy because the legs are too fragile hanging like this. Not one of my favorite cake pop designs.)


A couple of weeks ago I made these Spider Cookies. No licorice this time. Just cute.

And now…

Some more spiders… scary spiders. And you guessed it… licorice legs once again and with fangs, too.

Spider Bites

But, these aren’t cookies and they don’t have cake inside. These are brownies. They’re brownie bites… No, they’re Spider Bites!

A website hired me to contribute a recipe for a fun Halloween treat. Me? That’s really hard to wrap my head around. I wonder if they realize I don’t really know what I’m doing half the time.

Now, if you pay attention, you might figure out who I made these for before I even tell you.


You just need some basic ingredients to make the brownies.

Brownie Batter

These are gonna be good.


So good that I wanted to stop here and eat them. All of them.

Brownie Bites

But no. Then I’d have to make another batch of brownies to roll.

Licorice Wheels

Licorice wheels. I blame you.

There’s something about these things that make me want to unroll them and stick them in food.

Did I mention that I don’t even like licorice?

Licorice Legs

Admit it. You want to play with them, too.

Black and red

These are raspberry and blackberry gumdrops. The red ones make great spooky eyes.

Spider Bites

Did you guess who I made these for? Did you see the hint? Please tell me you did.

Alright, if you really want to know, she has several cookbooks, TV shows, a newly re-designed website and best of all she loves butter.

Here’s the recipe on

Y’all Enjoy!

Stephanie said...

These look fun to make and eat! I think I’ll try these out with my kids. Thanks for all the inspiration!

October 25, 2009 10:51 PM
Emily said...

Awh, adorable!

October 25, 2009 10:55 PM
Erin said...

I love it! I love Paula deen too. Thanks for all these wonderful ideas. You are the best!

October 25, 2009 10:55 PM
Anne said...

Wow! Paula Deen? That’s huge! Congrats Bakerella :-)

October 25, 2009 10:59 PM
sarah said...

so cute! and it’s so cool that you’re doing those for paula deen!

October 25, 2009 11:01 PM
Izzie said...

They are so cute. I actually took a crack at your peanut butter cake today. I can’t wait to taste them tomorrow when I take them into work!

October 25, 2009 11:02 PM
Jena Valiante said...

I was like “What’s the hint? Butter?!” Then I saw the pan! lol! Cute!

October 25, 2009 11:04 PM
Sues said...

I hate spiders too, but those are some pretty awesome spiders! And even look like something I MIGHT be able to pull off!! Adorable (never thought I’d say that about a spider)…

October 25, 2009 11:06 PM
Amanda said...

Very CUTE!! These are now on my to do list for my halloween treat! Thanks!

October 25, 2009 11:10 PM
Lori Falce said...

Oh, delish! I’m completely stealing these (and all the credit) for my son’s pre-school Halloween party on Tuesday.

October 25, 2009 11:12 PM
Elizabeth said...

You never cease to amaze me!!!

October 25, 2009 11:18 PM
Beth G @SweetLifeKitchen said...

Super cute, and creepy!! :O)

October 25, 2009 11:20 PM
Janet said...

I kept trying to make letters out of the licorice legs in the photo, trying to figure out the clue! I couldn’t think of anyone with that many Xs, Os, and Cs in his/her name!

October 25, 2009 11:30 PM
Jennifer Stewart said...

That is really exciting and they are adorable!!! CONGRATS!!!

October 25, 2009 11:32 PM
Lana said...

How cute are they!! And Paula Deen, how awesome it that. I just luv her. Good for you.

October 25, 2009 11:32 PM
Michaela said...

Paula Deen?!? Sister, you’ve hit the big time! Congratulations and best dishes ; )

October 25, 2009 11:39 PM
Heather said...

Those are awesome! :)

Also, Paula Deen?! Totally cool! I LOVE Paula Deen!

October 25, 2009 11:43 PM
Christina said...

Not only are these perfect for Halloween but Spiders also happen to be my school’s mascot (We get e-mails every morning cleverly named Spider-Bytes)! Needless to say these will be the most adorable pre-game snacks! Thanks!

October 25, 2009 11:44 PM
Emily Roemmich said...

Congratulations! I love Paula Deen. Wouldn’t that be awesome to get paid to bake all day??? I wonder who is going to call you next….. I know!

The Food Network for a…… challenge!

October 25, 2009 11:44 PM
Jenny said...

First I thought it was Martha Stewart because of the green background but then I saw the pan =) cool! congrats and thanks for the inspiration, I can’t wait to make this ones on Saturday

October 25, 2009 11:45 PM
Katie said...

OMG THATS HUGE!!! I’ve been following your blog for over a year now and its awesome to see how famous youre getting!!! congrats!!!

October 25, 2009 11:51 PM
Married to an Aussie in OK said...

Paula DEEN! How COOL! I love her so much… so much I want to move to Savannah.

October 25, 2009 11:57 PM
Tabitha (From Single to Married) said...

Wow – I didn’t even know they made licorice wheels – and I love licorice! So cute!

October 25, 2009 11:59 PM
Mandy said...

I have to admit that at first I did not see the hint. So then I went back and thought maybe you had tried to spell it out with the licorice. Ha! Then I finally saw her name on the cookie sheet! Congrats! I love Paula Deen!

October 26, 2009 12:01 AM
meaghan (chic cookies) said...

eek! I’m terrified of spiders! Yet, these are fabulous!!! (California Raisins asked me to make spider treats–see them on my blog, they took every ounce of my bravery to make–and I used the black licorice wheels, too. Yucky, but perfect legs).

October 26, 2009 12:03 AM
meaghan (chic cookies) said...

oh, yay, I found the hint!

October 26, 2009 12:06 AM
Brooke said...

Yes, I saw the clue but living in Australia I had no idea who Paula Deen was until I clicked the link – she was on a re-run of Oprah last week (shhhh…don’t tell my hubby I was watching). She accidently dropped a glass bowl in the mixer while making a sour cream cake and then she came back via Skype to do it all again! She seems like a great character!

That Spider Cake Pop looks a LOT like “the shadow” from Lord of the Rings!! VERY SCARY!!

October 26, 2009 12:20 AM
April Marie Claire "Girl Japan" said...

Halloween Came Early

To my surprise I was met with a HUGE spider, I mean gargantuan, elephantine even. Well this was not cute like spiderman, didn’t have his buff arms or legs, and I am damn sure he wasn’t cute and handsome under the mask, and don’t ask me how straight is teeth were, because I didn’t get close enough before I screamed for the Mr.??It was harmless.. but still… those are big here in Japan

I don’t do bugs! Most likely one of the main reasons why I never traveled outside of “The Valley” or “LA” in fear of what roams around in the dessert in California.??If the Mr. was not around, I would have miraculously put my clothes on, grabbed my keys and dogs, and went to the car, called someone… I’m a drama queen about bugs and things that crawl.??When I was in NYC, I did see a roach or two…. “heard a rat within the walls once”, I moved the next week.??I’m just terrified of the buggers.. as much as we need them… they scare me.

I also rented a house here once, a Terrace House I talked about a while back.. don’t even get my started, I was counting the days down until that contract was up.

October 26, 2009 12:23 AM
Misty said...

beyond cool!
always love to see what you are working on
just wish I could eat them!

October 26, 2009 12:30 AM
Kitana said...

hello there! I’m from australia and i absolutely love your website! I just recently got into baking cupcakes
and i get heaps of great idea from here.
Keep it up! you are very insipiring :)

October 26, 2009 12:58 AM
Migsy said...

I was another one looking for writing in the licorice! Then I noticed the subtle little Paula Deen. Way cool! And cute spiders!

October 26, 2009 01:00 AM
Ashley Brooke said...

Oh Bakerella! I just love you, do you know that??? You get me every time with your creativity!

Congrats on becoming so well-known and appreciated, you deserve it!!!! :)

Happy early Halloween,

October 26, 2009 01:57 AM
Ashley Brooke said...

Oh and may I ask where you found the adorable raspberry and blackberry gumdrops!!??

Or maybe you tell us in the recipe! I’ll check!


October 26, 2009 01:58 AM
Sonya said...

These are so fantastic! My two sons actually thought your Spider Pops looked like the weird character in “Predator”

October 26, 2009 03:03 AM
WishTrish said...

Those are so darling. And I LOVE, LOve, lOve, LoVE black licorice!!!!

October 26, 2009 03:12 AM
morgana said...

I love them!!! The red eyes… Eeeee. so disgusting. Hahahaha.

October 26, 2009 03:16 AM
peachkins said...

This looks soo perfect for Halloween..

October 26, 2009 03:21 AM
Linda said...

They are gorgeous AND, I wish I could eat one. Yummy and so cute and creepy. Well done Bakerella.

October 26, 2009 04:23 AM
lovey said...

First Martha Stewart and now Paula Deen…I am sooooo jealous! Your spider bites are adorable as are all your creations.

October 26, 2009 04:41 AM
Paulette said...

Love your site bakerella and just love those spiders. Can’t wait to try them. Paulette

October 26, 2009 06:22 AM
Jessica @ How Sweet It Is said...

SO cute! I may love them more than the cupcakes!!

October 26, 2009 06:32 AM
Andrea said...

I did catch the “hint” and even if these were for Betty Boop, you just rock, Bakerella!!! These are just great and I can’t wait to try them myself!

October 26, 2009 06:55 AM
linda said...

from wedding proposals to pd!
how very exciting for you & us!
these are adorable! :)

October 26, 2009 06:58 AM
Ana Clara said...

These are so fun! I love how you did the eyes! and Brownies… (as Paula Deen would say) yummmmmm!!

October 26, 2009 07:05 AM
Amanda Formaro said...

My favorites are the spider bites, they are so awesome with those big red eyes!

October 26, 2009 07:07 AM
Krista B said...

Amazing spider bites – I might make these for our work Halloween party tomorrow! You are linked from Paula Deen’s website!!! That’s awesome!

October 26, 2009 07:12 AM
Noura said...

I must say I’m totally amazed by your creative ..
I’m a big fan of you :)
those spiders are really good though I’m so
afraid of them :) ..

Noura – Middle East

October 26, 2009 07:25 AM
snarflemarfle said...

I saw the hint!! You are in some serious big time now! Paula Deen is the (butter) bomb!! Congrats!

October 26, 2009 07:50 AM
Christina said...

I’m the same way. I hate spiders, but you’ll find them all over the place at my house around Halloween. I love decorating with them. Must be that fear part of Halloween. :) That’s so cool that you did this for Paula Deen! You both kick butt!

October 26, 2009 07:56 AM
Catalina said...

This is unfair =( in my country there is not licorice in any store, and this spiders looks so cute!!
I’ll try to figure out how to replace the licorice for making the legs, I’m not giving up!

October 26, 2009 07:56 AM
Michellery said...

those are sooooo cute. i hate licorice too but i might just have to make these. and thats amazing that you did these for paula deen!! i envy you soooo much.

October 26, 2009 08:11 AM
Julie Lewis said...

I am so impressed! I love Paula Deen and, of course, you too!! Y’all would make a great team for a show!!!

October 26, 2009 08:21 AM
jana said...

Hey, these rock! Not surprised at all that Paul Deen would be asking for your treat ideas! You rock! Keep it up!

October 26, 2009 08:28 AM
Tina said...

sooooooo cute!

Great idea for my niece’s 16th birthday on Halloween :) I was already planning to make vampire bites (red velvet cake dipped in black candy melts) and monster balls (ok, that name needs work- doesn’t… very proper) yellow cake tinted green with green candy melts.

these might make the list, tho I’m not sure where to find the gum drops??

And YES. I saw the Paula Deen on the cookie sheet.


October 26, 2009 09:03 AM
Lacy Brauner said...

I think I love you. :] I love everything you post so much. i tried making cake pops last nite for halloween and used almond bark. I tried to dye it with food coloring and it was a disaster! Do you buy your candy already colored?

October 26, 2009 09:17 AM
Rachel from A Cupcake for Moose said...

Your best spider treats yet in my opinion! Although, the trix spiders are adorable. Congrats on featuring on Paula’s website! What fun!

October 26, 2009 09:29 AM
Cerise said...

Those are all so fantastic! I don’t know which one’s I like the best.

October 26, 2009 09:31 AM
Nicole@Farmgirl Chaos said...

GROSS! But, I would say these are the best looking spiders I’ve seen. So, maybe they aren’t so gross. :)

October 26, 2009 09:56 AM
Sara said...

I got the hint – it was the Paula Deen pan, right? Love the cupcakes and cakepops…and everything else! LOVE IT!!!

October 26, 2009 10:16 AM
Barbara said...

For someone who hates spides you sure do a good job of recreating them! And on Paula’s website too. Wow. Nice little hint with the pan.

October 26, 2009 10:47 AM
Melissa said...

Yes, I saw it, how cool,Congrats! I love these and I’m sure my kids will too, thanks for sharing!!

October 26, 2009 10:51 AM
Katie said...

SO exciting that you make these for Paula Deen’s website. Congrats!! They are super cute!

October 26, 2009 11:02 AM
Christine said...

Congratulations! I thought it might have been from the cookie sheet.. =] It’s so amazing to see that a simple (heh, simple) bake blog is getting one of the highest glamorous awards.

October 26, 2009 11:26 AM
cakegirl said...

OK, so when are you going to create a book full of your sweet art?! You are so creative…..and your writing is so easy and fun to read. Those two ingredients are all you need for a beautiful Bakerella book!! ….please consider it!

October 26, 2009 11:29 AM
Stephane said...


I’ve searched a long time for a cute spider snack that was so loaded with” looks-good-enough-to-eat”, the presence of licorice wouldn’t deter me (or others) from eating it. These go w a y beyond appealing. You ARE an artist!

October 26, 2009 11:35 AM
Jessica said...

PAULA DEEN???? Are you freakin’ kidding me?! I LOVE LOVE LOVE her!!! Congratulations to you for getting paid to put a recipe on HER website, that’s AmAzInG!!!!! I would still be doing backflips!
I totally didn’t get “the hint” but once you mentioned butter I knew it was her!
Very cute, and what’s not to love about a creepy crawly brownie?!

October 26, 2009 11:43 AM
MichelleSG said...

Get out, Paula Dean! My gawd you have gotten awful famous women! Love the spiders, I don’t like black licorice either but I’d still make them. Too cute!

October 26, 2009 11:48 AM
Sarah S. said...

“Now, if ya’ll pay attention, ya’ll might figure out who I made these for before I even tell ya’ll.”

That’s a hint I would have picked up on. I’m not very observant!

Congrats on contributing to Paula Deen! That must have been a huge honor :)

And these are cute, as ALWAYS!

October 26, 2009 11:54 AM
karen said...

wow!!! that is soooooo huge! I LOVE Paula Dean and I love you! What a great combo!!!!!! : ) Congrats girlie, you DESERVE IT!!!! hugs!

October 26, 2009 11:58 AM
Pam said...

I had to look and look and then I saw “Paula Dean” on the cookie sheet. Of course, at that point I knew who I was looking for. ‘-) Congratulations! Even if spiders in general are icky, creepy, crawly ugggghhhhh things! Good thing yours are cute! hehehehe


October 26, 2009 12:20 PM
Pam said...

Oops! I mispelled Paula Deen! My apologies to the southern food goddess! :-)

October 26, 2009 12:22 PM
The Smokey Eye said...

Omg so fun!! I can’t wait to try them. Will def. be making them for my halloween party! Thanks for your great recipes & ideas.

October 26, 2009 12:30 PM
Vic & Ver said...

you’ve done a great job with spiders. Enjoy the holiday.

October 26, 2009 12:32 PM
Diana and Greg said...

Hehe….saw the hint, had to look it over one more time to catch it but giggled to myself when I found it!! I think I might try the spider bites, they look super cute!!

P.S. I don’t like licorice either.

October 26, 2009 12:37 PM
Kelly H said...

That is awesome. They turned out so cute!! Awesome job!

October 26, 2009 12:40 PM
JulieFBT said...

Oh boy! Will have to show this to my 11 yr old son who loves to cook. He’ll love making some of these this week. As always, your creations look amazing!

October 26, 2009 12:43 PM
Laura said...

Congrats on the Paula Dean gig! That’s a testament to your awesome work!

October 26, 2009 12:45 PM
barb said...

Really… can I just be you, maybe for a day? I {heart} you bakerella! maybe you can run for president… who cares about political issues, just make each day a Bakerella day :)

October 26, 2009 01:15 PM
Leisa said...

I saw the hint!! Way to go how fun for you.

October 26, 2009 01:33 PM
GO TEAM RYAN-Fight CANCER together! said...

LOVE these! Seriously… just when I think it can’t get any cuter… it DOES! LOVE it!

October 26, 2009 01:54 PM
Lisa said...

Your halloween treats are always cute but I would love to see more Fall themed decorations. I would love to make some fall cupcakes or cake pops!

October 26, 2009 02:18 PM
Joe said...

I really want to try these spider bites, I am also not such a fan of black licorice but based on the sheer deliciousness of the brownie wrapped in more chocolate plus the Halloween spirit, I’m all about making these. Also congrats on the Paula Deen Love, she’s awesome.

October 26, 2009 02:30 PM
Cheryl said...

Those rock, wow!

October 26, 2009 02:53 PM
Jennifer said...

Paula Deen! Congrats! What a compliment! Your creations are amazing, as usual.

October 26, 2009 03:13 PM
Gina said...

Very cool! Congrats on another great project. You amaze me!

October 26, 2009 03:25 PM
Cassie said...

Yay Paula Deen! I love her. And I love those spider bites. Mmmm brownies. They look mighty tasty, I just might have to try them this Halloween. You can’t go wrong with brownies. Yum!

October 26, 2009 03:54 PM
Jessica said...

Paula Deen! I love her! What an honor! I can see why she picked you! Your spiders are so creative!

October 26, 2009 04:19 PM
Marisa@make*happy said...

“Spider Bites”–GREAT name! :)

October 26, 2009 05:07 PM
Liz said...

You look so cute in your picture on!

October 26, 2009 05:24 PM
Seanna Lea said...

I wasn’t sure if it was going to be Paula Deen or Bakers Chocolate. I figured either one was possible.

I exercise through Paula’s show, and can feel myself getting huge just looking at all of the butter she uses! It’s amazing.

October 26, 2009 05:27 PM
Susie said...

(Long time reader, first time poster.) Congrats!!

I am not that crazy about licorice- I might try some piped confectioners chocolate? Make some little legs on parchment and “chocolate glue” them on?

You never fail to inspire! Yum!

October 26, 2009 05:42 PM
Ginger said...

Where do you find the shoelace black licorice?! I checked Kroger/Smith’s, Wal-Mart, and Dollar Tree. Dollar Tree was the only one that had red pull-and-peel red licorice, and I ended up also getting the black Twizzlers from Wal-Mart and black RedVines from Smith’s. We’ll see what works out. I’m just bummed I couldn’t find the thin black licorice!!!

October 26, 2009 06:06 PM
CookTeen said...

These are absolutely adorable! My mom used to work on the Paula Deen show when it was first created!! That’s were I discovered my passion for baking…Check out my blog late in the week for a Paula Deen giveaway!
Best of luck!

With love and cupcakes,

October 26, 2009 07:03 PM
Reid said...

Paula-freakin’-Deen?! That is awesome! Get it Bakerella! Congrats!

October 26, 2009 07:06 PM
Chrystal said...

The hint:
Two sticks of butter.

Everything Paula makes has two sticks of butter in it.

October 26, 2009 07:06 PM
Reid said...

The hint was the Paula Deen cookie sheet that the non-dipped brownie balls were photographed on – but the butter seems like a bonus hint to me! :)

October 26, 2009 07:08 PM
Elena said...

Congrats on the Paula Deen gig.
I’ve been making brownie bites (we call them brownie truffle bites) for a few years and my kids love ’em. I’ve never done it with frosting mixed in, though. The trick, as you mentioned is doing it while warm. I don’t even cut the brownies into squares; I just use my mini cookie scoop to form the balls.

October 26, 2009 08:40 PM
Lori said...

How fantastic that you were hired by Paula Deen! Congrats! But, I’m not surprised. You make amazingly creative treats :)

October 26, 2009 11:04 PM
Tracy C. said...

I love your work, you truly rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

October 26, 2009 11:31 PM
Baking Monster said...

I love paula deen and I love your spider bites!so cute!

October 27, 2009 01:19 AM
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