Spiderweb Cupcakes

Spiderweb cupcakes are an easy Halloween dessert recipe that is fun to make, and the cupcakes are delicious, too! I’m joining up with some of my favorite bloggers again this year to bring you some fabulous Halloween recipes. My spiderweb cupcakes are super simple and sure to please the goblins at your house! Thanks to the generous folks at Dixie Crystals for providing sugar for this post.

Spiderweb Cupcakes | A simple decorating tip for spooky Halloween cupcakes!

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Easy Spiderweb Cupcakes

I had some extra cake batter after baking up Katie’s birthday cake, so I spooned it  into my cupcake tins. I had toyed with making a spiderweb pattern on top of an iced cupcake for Halloween, so thought I’d practice on this batch.

I first iced them with a simple buttercream of powdered sugar, butter, and milk. Bill was sneaking tastes when he got home from work. Even without vanilla (which could muddy the white background), he found it hard to resist! The more challenging part was the webs. I am less than savvy when it comes to piping icing!

Spiderweb Cupcakes | A simple decorating tip for spooky Halloween cupcakes!

Piping Spider Webs

I had the basic plan of action in mind. I’d pipe 3 concentric circles atop each cupcake, then pull a toothpick through the icing, from the middle to the edges to make a spiderweb design. Now the tricky part was to do this fast enough so the chocolate remained pliable.

The white icing must not sit long either or a sugar crust will develop and hinder the process as well. It sounds simple, it IS simple, but if you’re not used to working with a piping bag, it does take some practice.  I had a few not so perfect practice cupcakes, but my family still ate every single one!

Search for #TheHalloweenProject on social media for the next 2 weeks to see the creative Halloween recipes my talented blogger friends are sharing.  Plus, for another Halloween cupcake,  check out my Chocolate Mummy Cupcakes! They’re pretty darn cute.

Spiderweb Cupcakes | A simple decorating tip for spooky Halloween cupcakes!

To make these delicious spiderweb cupcakes, you may need:

Kitchen Tip:

Instead of buying a quart of buttermilk for the 1/2 cup needed in the cupcake recipe, you can make an easy substitute at home. For each cup of  buttermilk you need, add a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to a liquid measuring cup. Then add milk up to the one cup mark, stir and allow the mixture to thicken slightly.  Voila, it’s ready to use. For a half cup, just use 1 1/2 teaspoons of lemon juice or vinegar and fill to the 1/2 cup mark.

Spiderweb Cupcakes

Serves 12 cupcakes     adjust servings

Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 15 hrs
Total Time 45 mins

Cupcakes decked out for Halloween with a spiderweb topping!


Cocoa Cupcakes

  • 1 cup Dixie Crystals sugar
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk or sour milk (put 1 1/2 teaspoons vinegar or lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup and fill with milk to the 1/2 cup mark. Let sit a few minutes before using)
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 3 cups Dixie Crystals powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup milk


  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons of shortening


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a12-cup muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.
  2. Whisk together dry ingredients in large bowl. Add eggs, buttermilk, water, oil, and vanilla. Beat with mixer for about 2 minutes on medium speed, scraping down sides of the bowl. The batter will be thin. Fill each liner ⅔-3/4 full with batter.
  3. Bake 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool for a few minutes in tins, then remove to cooling rack to cool completely.
  4. When cupcakes are cool, make the frosting. Beat together powdered sugar and butter at low speed using a hand mixer. When combined, slowly drizzle in enough milk till you have a good, spreading consistency. Set aside.
  5. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate and the shortening, stopping to stir frequently, until melted and smooth. Place in a pastry bag fitted with a pastry tip with a small round opening.
  6. Using an offset spatula or another pastry bag, frost a cupcake with the white frosting, then immediately pipe 3 concentric circles over the top with the melted chocolate. Using a toothpick, start at the center of the cupcake and run it through the chocolate to the edge repeating till you make 5-6 swipes. Continue decorating one cupcake at a time.


Recipe Notes

If the chocolate ever gets too thick, place the piping bag into a zip top bag and place it into a bowl of very hot water to thin the mixture.
If you'd rather use a zip top bag to pipe your web, cut a very small hole in one corner to pipe.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 347kcal Calories from fat 110
% Daily Value
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 228mg 10%
Carbohydrate 61g 20%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 50g
Protein 2g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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  1. Wow! You have already started Halloween recipes, that’s great Liz. These spiderweb cupcakes look so delicious and perfect for the occasion. I also loved that spiderweb cookie cake! 🙂

  2. Let the haunting begin:@) I had to click on the 20 Halloween recipes too!

  3. Is it going to be Halloween already? Your Spider Web Cupcakes are perfect! Nothing scary about them at all except for the fact that they will add me a few inches to my waistline and a few pounds on the scale. Now that is terrifying!

  4. Perfect for Halloween!

  5. I’m in love with the meringue bones in the blood, so cool! You did a great job with the spider webs. I recently saw that you can buy colourless vanilla, although I’m not certain it is real vanilla.

  6. I love these!! Perfect for Halloween! I love spider webs on cupcakes for Halloween.

  7. Oh Liz, these are so cute…your are so ahead of the game…thanks for all the recipes…
    Have a great week ahead 🙂

  8. Just adorable! So creative and pretty too – love it!

  9. So fun! You did a wonderful job!

  10. These cupcakes are adorable. Super cute for Halloween.

  11. Great decorating job! And wonderful cupcakes — I love saying that I ate an entire cake. 🙂 I’ve been using powdered buttermilk lately (at my grocery it’s stocked in the baking aisle). Solves the problem of buying a whole container of something that I might not use. And its quality is actually better than a lot of the commercial buttermilk I’ve bought. Anyway, good stuff — thanks.

  12. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! I’ve seen these before but didn’t realize how simple they are–thanks for sharing, Liz!! xo

  13. Your piping looks great Liz, I know my efforts would be less than spectacular!

  14. numero uno: YUM CHOCOLATE

    dos: how cuuute! I love the spidery idea!

  15. Just perfect for Halloween, love your spiderwebs!

  16. Thank you so much for sharing your talent for sweet treats on #TheHalloweenProject again!! Love these easy cupcakes and can’t wait to try them out!

  17. Okay, now, I’m inspired to try webs for Halloween…You truly do present wonderful tips, Liz. P.s. I like making my buttermilk with lemon.

  18. Once upon a time you said your cake decorating skills were rusty, not anymore!!!


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