Friday, 30 October 2015

Spider Cupcakes


Happy Halloween everyone! This is a quick and easy project to make for Halloween. There's still time to bake these tomorrow as it's really simple and does not require any specialist equipment. The kids will have lots of fun decorating these! Life has been a bit hectic lately so I've not had a chance to do as much Halloween baking as I would have liked. I baked these late last night and they were a real hit at work today. I used a favourite chocolate cupcake recipe which is a mix all in one recipe with generous servings (makes 18 cupcakes). As I was short on time, I made a quick chocolate ganache to spread on top and decorated the cupcakes to look like spooky spiders. I couldn't find any black liquorice lace sweets but managed to find strawberry cables which is what I used for the legs. The eyes are made of white chocolate buttons and milk chocolate chips. The cupcakes were chocolatey and the ganache was divine. Great cupcakes on their own but much more fun eating all the parts of the spider too! 

I'm sending these to Treat Petite hosted by Stuart from Cakeyboi and Kat from The Baking Explorer. The theme this month is Black and Orange. I used orange cupcake cases and there's plenty of dark chocolate in the cake and frosting!

It's also perfect for #FoodYearLinkUp hosted by Charlotte from Charlotte's Lively Kitchen. There were lots of events for the Food Bloggers Calendar in October and I am sad to have missed out on quite a few but pleased that I've managed one Halloween bake.

 Strawberry cables, white chocolate buttons, milk chocolate chips and chocolate strands/vermicelli 

 place a generous amount of chocolate ganache on top of the cupcakes

 Spinkle the chocolate strands on top then add the 'eyes' and 'legs' as shown. 

Halloween They looked really good in a red container

Halloween I ran out of strawberry cable so 2 of them didn't have legs! 

For the cupcakes - Makes 18 cupcakes

280g plain flour
250g caster sugar
80g cocoa powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
300mls water
170g butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon chocolate extract (you can also use vanilla extract)

For the chocolate ganache 

150ml double cream
150g dark chocolate

For the decorations

Chocolate strands/vermicelli
White chocolate buttons
Milk chocolate chips
Strawberry cables or liquorice lace sweets

  • Preheat the oven to 180C.
  • Place all the ingredients for the cupcake into a large mixer bowl and mix on low - medium speed for a few minutes until well mixed. 
  • Scoop into cupcake cases and bake for 18-20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool completely before decorating.
  • Make the chocolate ganache by heating the cream gently until bubbles just form.
  • Add in chopped dark chocolate and stir until smooth.
  • Decorate the cupcakes as shown above.


  1. too cute!... is that wrong for a scary looking cupcake?

  2. These cupcakes are so much fun and perfect for Halloween. Thank you for entering them into Treat Petite!

  3. These are so cute, I'd imagine my boys would have a lots of fun making them.

    Thanks for joining #FoodYearLinkup x

    1. I think they look quite too and not scary at all!

  4. The use of strawberry cables is inspired. These look so much fun. Thanks for taking part in Treat Petite x

    1. I'm glad I managed to find something that worked x

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