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!

Nadia said...

yet another excellent post, will try brownie pops soon, u r mentioned in my new blog post of macaroons :) a big thank you deserve :)

October 27, 2009 04:22 AM
Alia said...

You freaking rock Bakerella! I know I always post the same thing. I’m just speechless! I wish I had an iota of your talent and wit and photog skills! You are so funny! I DID see Paula’s (love her!!) cookie sheet but still did not get it! Keep it up!

October 27, 2009 04:35 AM
Maybe said...

Your spiders are so cute, I love the fangs !! Last year I made the equivalent of your first spider cupcake and they were a huge hit ( ! It’s really nice to do what you like and have to write an article about that, congrats :o)

October 27, 2009 05:00 AM
katherine said...

so cute!
for some reason those paired up twizzlers look like a chromosome chart to me

October 27, 2009 10:10 AM
Mommassoapbox said...

too cute and just in time for our Halloween Party on Friday!

Thanks! I’ll have to try these out.

So creative and I thought my mini cherry pies were so cute! Maybe I should have put a spider on them! LOL

Congrats on paula deen!

October 27, 2009 10:52 AM
the Provident Woman said...

I love Paula Deen. In fact I’m obsessed with her. You are so lucky. The bites are wonderful.

I wanted to share that I have a giveaway on my site. Just click on the giveaway picture on the right.

October 27, 2009 11:14 AM
Katrina said...

Those are the cutest (yummiest) looking spiders yet! Fun for you to post on Paula Deen’s site!
Hey, I’m making some cake balls with homemade cake and frosting instead of boxed stuff–have you done that before? Just wondering how it will turn out. I may have put too much frosting in the cake. We’ll see! (I only made an 8×8 cake with about 1 1/4 cups frosting. It was quite sticky, but since I’ve never made cake balls at all before, I don’t know what it’s supposed to be like.)

October 27, 2009 11:37 AM
Megan said...

I didn’t see it! When you revealed I too scrolled back looking for a hint involving butter. LOL. Next time you’ll know how to be more obvious. ; ) Congrats, that’s a big break for you!

October 27, 2009 11:51 AM
Spruce Hill said...

Oh my gosh those are so cute. I have to do a snack for my daughters class this Friday. I know what I am making! Love the spider bites :)

October 27, 2009 12:39 PM
Nif said...

These are awesome! My nature-loving, veterinarian-to-be, youngest daughter will LOVE making these! Thanks for your inspiration!

October 27, 2009 12:44 PM
Sam said...

I love your spider bites!!!! So cute!!! Unfortunatelly here in Brazil there´s no such thing as licorice wheels. I´ll have to work hard to make something like that!!!

October 27, 2009 01:05 PM
Haley said...

Can I just say, WOW! Congrats on making it on Paula Deen! She is one of my favorite people ever! I’m so jealous!!!

October 27, 2009 02:47 PM
Amy said...

So cute Bakerella – so cute. As always.

October 27, 2009 03:59 PM
Heather said...

those are so cute! congrats on being featured on paula deen.

October 27, 2009 08:08 PM
Linda J-H said...

Does anyone have any idea where I can find licorice wheels in the Denver area?

October 27, 2009 08:25 PM
katie said...

I’m sorry, but you are badass.

October 27, 2009 08:50 PM
bakerella said...

Ashley, Tina, Ginger, Linda J-H – I found the gumdrops at The Fresh Market. I’ve also seen them at the World Market. Look for stores that sell candy by the pound out of big buckets.

Lacy – You must use candy coloring. It contains oil instead of water.

Elena – Yeah, I didn’t add the frosting to the brownies either. I only did that with the cake pops.

Katrina – I have done that. It will be fine, but it does sound like you may have used too much frosting. That’s about enough for a 13 X 9 cake

October 27, 2009 09:14 PM
Cynthia said...

I’m lovin’ the spiders! That is great that Paula Deen hired you, maybe soon we’ll see you in your own show and publishing cook books too! I cannot wait to bake all these Halloween treats to take into work on Halloween!

October 27, 2009 11:09 PM
Krista said...

So cute, still trying to carve out some time to make some of your fabulous creations! How exciitng to be contributing to Paula Deen! Congrats on all your success.

October 27, 2009 11:38 PM
Holly said...

Congratulations!! So when does your baking show start?

October 28, 2009 12:57 AM
Kitchen Kitten said...

OMG how cute are these!!! Love it. Happy halloween!

October 28, 2009 10:53 AM
Sarah said...

Bakerella – I just had to tell you that I totally used this as the springboard for my halloween costume!! I am wearing all black, putting a red hourglass on my stomach, and carrying around a plate of these cute treats all night – so I’ll be a “Black Widow” and I’ll be giving people “Spider Bites!” Fun, huh?! (I’m just guessing they won’t last long, which means I’ll just be a Black Widow for most of the night. :) ) Thanks for the inspiration!

October 28, 2009 11:46 AM
Ashley said...

So here I am…Wednesday is my day off from school with an empty kitchen which makes me sad. I found your website last night and was squealing with joy as I showed my boyfriend! He knows how passionate I am about cooking and baking…your website has inspired me…I’m heading off to our local cake shop to get supplies and will attempt to make some halloween cake pops! I’m so excited! Thank you so much…I’m now a follower of yours!

October 28, 2009 11:56 AM
Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" said...

Congrats! Bakerella & Paula Deen, what a fun treat!! Those spider bites (haha!) look really scary “EEK!”

October 28, 2009 03:49 PM
Ash said...

Ahhhh! I just love these!! Your spider bites are just awesome!! and wow for Paula… lucky girl!!
Your creations are just amazing!!

October 28, 2009 04:28 PM
Carly said...

Bakerella–I love your blog. Your creativity kills me! One day I’m going to be brave and attempt some of your cake pops. Do you sell them? Because you should…

October 28, 2009 05:21 PM
Kate B. said...

I love the spider bites…I have way too much going on right now, but I might just have to whip these up for fun!!

October 28, 2009 11:39 PM
Emmy said...

I printed off this recipe and noticed it said to use an 8 x 8 pan, Is that right? Thank you so much for sharing all your great ideas!!! I love them and look forward to more!

October 29, 2009 01:39 AM
Jamie said...

i totally missed the hint because i was so focused on the brownie goodness!

great work and congrats!

October 29, 2009 02:46 AM
Baking Fia from Sweden said...

Look’s great! A good tip for halloween! I’m going to do small chocolate pumkins and pumkin pie for the holiday here in Sweden, check out my blogg and say what you think!
Best Regards,
Baking Fia

October 29, 2009 07:45 AM
Nathalie said...

Oh my god! I just love ‘em!!! :D

October 29, 2009 09:56 AM
Wendy McDonagh-Valentine said...

Absolutely adorable!!!!!! :)

~ Wendy

October 29, 2009 10:30 AM
Mary said...

Hi Ms Bakerella,

So I get all of my best ideas from you of course and I just wanted to show you what I made. You see, my 4 year old niece is being spider girl for Halloween (she’s crazy about everything Spiderman) and I signed up to do the cupcakes. When I asked her what she’d want the cupcakes to look like her only response was “SPIDERS”. So I was so excited to see that you had just posted this entry about your many different spiders! Well..since this is for 4-5 year olds, I needed to make sure that the portion sizes were good for them so I decided on mini cupcakes. This was the results:
and then to add the Spiderman colors I made some smaller spiders so I could make the webs on the mini cupcakes.
From what I hear it was a big hit!! So I just wanted to say thanks for all the great ideas!!!!

Take care!

October 29, 2009 01:24 PM
christine said...

LOVE so cute!

October 29, 2009 04:47 PM
Becca said...

So where do we find these licorice wheels in atlanta??

October 29, 2009 04:48 PM
Brittany said...

I love the spiders! They are so cute! Can’t wait to try to make them this weekend for our Halloween party!

October 29, 2009 05:35 PM
Jenny said...

These are all so cute! How awesome that you made them for Paula Deen! Congrats!

October 29, 2009 08:47 PM
Katelyn said...

I made spider Brownieballs, but instead of licorice, I used chocolate covered pretzel sticks. Yummy! Perhaps pretzals would be sturdier for pops.

October 29, 2009 09:31 PM
Danielle Spinetta-Piche said...

I love these spider ideas! I decided to blog about them on my blog…
Thanks for the tasty ideas!

October 30, 2009 12:50 AM
Lizzy said...

Oh my goodness, I made your cake pops for the first time and am obsessed! Had to share the end product with you. Thanks!!

October 30, 2009 08:59 AM
Amy J in SC said...

These spiders would be welcome in my home any day. :-]

October 30, 2009 01:29 PM
Rachel from A Cupcake for Moose said...

“You may even find yourself smiling from all the sweetness.” Paula Deen is SO right! I always smile when I visit your site!

Happy Halloween Bakerella!

Much love and sweetness from Indiana and A Cupcake for Moose!

October 31, 2009 08:41 AM
Rylan: Art and Appetite said...

Bakerella this is soo cute! I love the legs, hehehe.

October 31, 2009 10:27 AM
Claudia said...

ohhhh, you are such an inspiration. Your posts are so much fun ! I am a college student studying Nutrition in Texas. I look forward for your posts to distract me from my heavy studying!!

October 31, 2009 02:53 PM
Caitlin R. said...

You inspired me to make some insects of my own! I couldn’t find any licorice wheels, but they still turned out pretty cute! Thanks for the great idea and ALL your inspiring treats!

October 31, 2009 05:47 PM
Samara Link said...

Oh, Bakerella. How I love thee! :) You are so incredible!! The spider bites are by far my favorite, but all these spooky spider confections are little bits of heaven. You are amazing!!

October 31, 2009 11:11 PM
choco_lemon said...

It’s so cute! You have a lot of imagination but I would know what do you do with all the cake? You all eat them or you sell them?

sorry for my bad english because I’m french.

November 1, 2009 05:17 AM
B?R DUT MASALI- nUnU said...

very veryyy niceeeeeee…..

November 1, 2009 12:48 PM
thebeautyfile said...

oh I love these! I work with children and would love to make these with them! They would have so much fun constructing them!!

November 1, 2009 05:08 PM
Amy S said...

Wow!! These are super cute!

I’m way cooled out that you made these for Paula Deen! You go girl!! :)

November 1, 2009 07:32 PM
katie v. said...

I love your blog! I don’t know if you take requests/suggestions for recipes but I’ll give it a shot. There is a bread that I LOVE called Finnish Coffee Bread (or pulla), my great grandma used to make it but no one bothered to learn it from her.

I found a recipe online that is fairly close:

But I’m not much of a baker (yet!). Maybe you could work your magic with the recipe and make it even better.

I look forward to more creative treats :)

November 2, 2009 04:16 PM
Sharon said...

Your spider bites are so cute. I will have to remember that for next halloween or a family get together.

November 2, 2009 04:54 PM
Pumpkin said...

Awww! They’re so cute I want to hug them! I love their googly red eyes!

November 2, 2009 05:30 PM
Joelle said...

I made a slightly simpler version of your spider cupcakes! (Pics on the blog.) They were a big hit and totally cute! I had made the cupcakes in advance, so I just pulled them out of the freezer and threw some chocolate buttercream on there with the legs and eyes. totally cute! Thanks for the idea!

November 2, 2009 10:01 PM
bakerella said...

Emmy – yep!

Becca – World Market, Fresh Market

choco-lemon – I eat :)

November 4, 2009 09:15 PM
Ashley from Dallas said...

I made these yesterday (a little past Halloween, I know). All three of my boys were sick and I needed a stress reliever. I used black candy melts and red sugar on the top. I also substituted the raspberry gummies with red, chocolate covered sunflower seeds to make them look evil. Considering it was my first attempt at using candy melt, I think they turned out really well. After ALL that work, I forgot to take a picture!!!! Everyone at work and my family loved them!

November 4, 2009 10:35 PM
Mandy said...

I loved your spider bite creations, but I didn’t have time to make them, so I thought, what else can I do for Halloween? How about dip them in orange, add a piece of green gumdrop for a stem, and draw jack-o-lantern faces with edible markers? Cute idea, but the edible (Wilton) marker wouldn’t work on the candy coating (which was also Wilton). Any suggestions? I ended up just making plain pumpkins, which were still cute.

November 9, 2009 06:03 PM
bakerella said...

Mandy – I use the Americolor brand and it works pretty good.

November 11, 2009 08:36 PM
Cheryl B. said...

I am way behind on ‘keeping up’ on my blog subscriptions, so I’m not sure if you will actually know you got this message or not …

Y-e-a-r-s ago I first made some spider cookies that turned out so realistic one of the moms helping do the paarty in one of my sons classrooms FREAKED when the Tupperware pie taker of them was opened ;-D (Best compliment ever!) ;-p

I made the cookies using the no-bake oatmeal/peanutbutter recipe. The legs (spiders have 8 legs, so 4 on each side) were roman noodles I had pressed into the still very fresh cookies. And while spiders also have 8 eyes, I stuck with two, made via implanting mini choc. chips (point side into dough) on top.

All four sons are now in their 20′s, but they still think those cookies are ‘cool’ ;-}

November 14, 2009 02:57 PM
Bella said...

Thank you Bakerella for this contest. Below are my answers.
1 =B
2 =A
3 =H
4 =F
5 =C
6 =G
7 =D
8 =E

Love love love your site!

November 16, 2009 10:38 AM
Tina Roux said...

Oldest Betty
Newest Betty
Wish me luck!

November 16, 2009 06:32 PM
Kelly Fowler said...

Betty Crocker Answers-

November 16, 2009 07:16 PM
Caroline said...

it’s amazing!

January 14, 2010 04:45 PM
Cee Cupcake said...

goodness u are just the best!! i love u, lol

February 15, 2010 08:39 AM
Crystal Finley said...

Crystal check out these cake ball pops they would be great for a birthday party.

June 29, 2010 02:41 PM
Alice from Someone Who Bakes said...

So cute! I’m thinking of making brownie pops for a bake sale coming up, have you ever done these in pop form? How do they work?
Thanks so much!

July 19, 2010 01:14 PM
Cupcakes Plain and Fancy said...

Your licorice legs are a brilliant idea! I will definitely try it out!

September 25, 2010 12:29 PM
dancers said...

we tried this but they are HORRIBLE! are kicthen was a disaster. we think there super cute but they look terrible when we made them. they taste good but nobody knows what they are. we had a lot of fun though. were gonna do it for christmas so we will be prepared for next time. you are super duper talented! great idea but not made for us.

October 24, 2010 03:24 PM
Stephanie said...

I love bakerella! Im only ten years old and I love your website!
Me and my mom are going to use some of your halloween themed desserts for our halloween party and I can’t wait. There have been so many things I’ve wanted to be when I grow up, but now I want to be a baker!!! :)

October 24, 2010 05:17 PM
peace yo love said...

i used twizzlers for legs because my daughters dont like licorice

December 30, 2010 09:16 PM
Anonymous said...

It’s cutie!! gente nw sei se isso ta nw sei mto ingles auhushaushauh’
I love it!
spiders, spiders, spiders!
I love

February 4, 2011 05:38 PM
sophie said...

Those are so cool and creative. I will put them on my to do list

April 2, 2011 09:55 AM
Anonymous said...

wow! Who came up with the idea????

April 2, 2011 09:59 AM
Sophie said...

Hey Stephanie. I don’t know who you are but, I am ten years old too. Bakerella showed me some really cool recipes. I want to be a baker when I grow up too. Bakerella is awsome!! I always look here for new baking ideas. This website is an inspiration!

April 2, 2011 10:03 AM
Amy said...

They are the cutest (delicious) little fuzzies I ever seen! Keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 16, 2011 07:45 PM
Kaylees said...

Because I know how it is moving, his lover, his lover to see at the wedding for the first time, I give the preliminary planning of this moment with my couples like a lot of space.

September 7, 2012 02:36 AM
Kaylees said...

And since then I have not taken my passion for collecting all natural gems. I drag in winter peg and Co.

September 14, 2012 03:41 AM
BarbaraEBj said...

What are the fangs made from? Are they individual grains of rice? I don’t see them listed in the recipe.

October 16, 2012 05:41 PM
Alese said...

Cute! I blog over at and this Thursday I will be doing a round up of Halloween treats and party ideas. I plan to include this. Please let me know if you are not ok with that:)

October 24, 2012 01:30 PM
Anonymous said...

some one certainly likes to take your images

October 30, 2013 11:53 PM
DeAundre said...

These are soo cute! What store did you find the licorice wheels and gumdrops at?

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