Halloween kicks off my most favorite time of year! And this is because it’s filled with food. And dessert. Loads of it! To kick off this glorious holiday season, I’ve baked up these Halloween Spider Cupcakes to share with you. Yes, you! You will love them, I promise. They’re chocolate cupcakes topped with chocolate ganache and the simplest of spider webs and a cute little candy spider. Now that’s how to celebrate Halloween!
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Making Spider Cupcakes for Halloween
These spider cupcakes are easy to make and assemble. I used my go-to chocolate fudge cupcake recipe. I also used the frosting from this recipe, cut it in half, and used it to create a sweet surprise in the middle. I cut out a tunnel from the middle of the chocolate cupcakes and filled them with orange buttercream. Who doesn’t like filled cupcakes?! Especially when the orange and blackish colors are perfect for Halloween!
For the topping, first dip the cupcakes in chocolate ganache then fill a piping bag with melted white chocolate to create the spider web design. Starting in the middle of the cupcake, create a swirl leading out to the edge of the cupcake. The swirl does not need to be perfect whatsoever. Then take a toothpick or tip of a knife and drag it from the center, creating the web effect.
Next, create the spider on top. Place a brown m&m in the center for the spider’s body. Pipe some chocolate legs onto parchment, allow to set, and place those next to the spider’s body for legs. I got this idea from John over at Preppy Kitchen – thanks John!
Tips for Making This Recipe
- To fill each cupcake, you’ll need to first cut a “tunnel” in each. The best way I found to do this is to use an apple corer. I press it straight down into the center of each cupcake, setting aside the piece that comes out for noshing on while I’m finishing the cupcakes. If you don’t have an apple corer, you can use a small paring knife to cut about a 1/2-inch wide circular tunnel out from the cupcake’s center. You can replace the piece that comes out of your tunnel on top of the filling. This makes for a smooth top to your cupcake. I usually have eaten them all by this point in the process, though…
- To make the spider web design, melt some white chocolate in the microwave and scrape it into a small ziptop bag. Cut a very small corner off the bag to create a fine-tip piping bag. Starting in the center of the cupcake, create a spiral moving out towards the edge of the cupcake as you go. Take a toothpick or sharp knife and starting in the middle of the cupcake, drag it through the white chocolate spiral to create the web effect. Repeat this dragging technique around the cupcake, making the lines about 1 inch apart
- To create the spider legs, melt the semi-sweet chocolate in a bowl then scrape into a small ziptop bag. Cut a corner off the bag to create a piping tip. Make this tip a bit wider than the one you did for the spider web design. On a piece of parchment paper, pipe small Vs using the melted chocolate. Be sure not to make these too thin otherwise they will surely break as you assemble the spiders. Place in the fridge to set. I would highly recommend making extra legs just in case you break a few during assembly, as I did
- To assemble the spiders, place one brown m&m candy in the center of each cupcake. Carefully peel the spider legs off the parchment paper and press gently into the cupcake in the desired position. I broke my fair share of legs during this process, so this is where the extra legs you made come in handy! Assembling the spiders is easiest to do when the chocolate ganache and chocolate spider web are still wet so the pieces stick to the top of the cupcake.
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