Halloween Cupcake Spider

Are you ready for Halloween? You may have noticed that we here on Growing Up Madison are already in the Halloween spirit. We got an update of our header and we are happy about it. Now today I want to share with you our Halloween Cupcake Spider. This is more of an idea than an exact recipe, but they're so easy to make and kids will love them! I just made one, but you could easily make as many as you need for a Halloween party or a fun Halloween treat for your kids.

Here is what you will need:
Chocolate cupcakes
Chocolate or black licorice
Solid milk chocolate bar
White chocolate bar or chips


To make the legs of the spider, cut your licorice strips and half lengthwise, and then cut each piece and half again, so you wind up with eight thin strips that are the same length. I used Twizzlers chocolate licorice strips.

To make the eyes, melt a very small amount of white chocolate and drizzle into a circular shape onto a piece of wax paper. Put it in the freezer for about 10 minutes to harden.

Next you'll want to melt about 1/4 cup of milk chocolate (you're going to use this twice). To melt it, just add it to a small, microwave-safe bowl and microwave it for 15 second intervals, stirring in between until melted and smooth.

Remove the white chocolate from the freezer, and add a drop of the milk chocolate to the center to make the pupils. Return to the freezer to harden.

While the spider eyes are firming up, you can make the "fur" of the spider.

Using a fine grater, grate about 1/4 cup of milk chocolate bar.

Spread the remaining melted milk chocolate all over the top of the cupcake. This is your glue. You don't want to use too much or it will drip. You just want a thin coating over the entire surface. While the chocolate is still wet sprinkle the grated chocolate over all exposed areas. Once you get most of it covered with the grated chocolate, you can lightly press it down so it will stick.

To add the legs, just insert each piece of licorice into each side of the spider about a 1/2" apart. Of course this will vary depending on what size cupcake you're using. It's easier to do this once you have the cupcake on the dish you're serving it on, because you can use the plate to hold the legs in place once you bend them under.

Lastly, you want to add the eyes. To do this, place a drop of melted chocolate on the back of the eyeballs you made, and press it onto the cupcake wherever you want the eyes. Hold it for 3 to 5 seconds to make sure it stays put.

Have fun!


  1. I pinned it. That's cute as can be. Easy enough to do too! Sharing on social media now. :)

  2. This made me smile the minute I pulled the page up. How cute are these! Definitely making these. Thank you for sharing.
    (Tammy Horn)

  3. My kids HATE spiders, but I think they might like THESE spiders!! So cute.

  4. Well that is a spooky spider for sure. Also, I bet it tasted really good. My young grandkids would have fun making these with me.

  5. These are so cute and they look yummy. I can't wait to make them for our Halloween party. Catherine S

  6. This spider cupcake is so cute. It is the perfect treat to enjoy with the kids for Halloween.

  7. That is really scary and cute at the same time. I love it!

  8. This is so cute! I can't wait to make this for my kids.

  9. I am super impressed with this. Honestly. What a great likeness. I love the "legs".

  10. This is so cute my middle child would love these thanks for sharing

  11. Oh this is so cute! I like how easy it is to make. Plus mot to scary for kids.

  12. What a cute cupcake and I love how easy it was to make. I am sure you and Madison had a blast making them. Please consider linking this up on the #HomeMattersParty linky this week found at http://adventuresfrugalmom.com/home-matters-linky-party-56/

  13. This is a super cute idea. I like your table decorations too. So festive!

  14. Awesome idea! I'm going to make these with my niece and nephews this Halloween!

  15. Spiderlicious!! These spider cupcakes are too cute. I love how they seem easy enough for us non-crafty people. Thanks!