Halloween Spider Web Cupcakes

Halloween Spider Web Cupcakes

Halloween Spider Web Cupcakes

These fun Spider Web Cupcakes are the perfect treat for your ghouls and goblins. These delicious Halloween cupcakes are topped with a vanilla frosting and chocolate syrup spider webs. Fantastic for a Halloween classroom treat or party snack!

Halloween spider web cupcakes, decorated with chocolate syrup swirl and black plastic spiders on the side.


The perfect Halloween cupcakes recipe!

The perfect Halloween cupcakes for your fall party or Halloween bash! These delicious spider web cupcakes are simple to make and easy to decorate. The spider webs are made with chocolate syrup and a toothpick. Your lil’ ghouls and goblins will love these cupcakes!

For whatever reason, I don’t make cupcakes all that often.  I don’t know why – they are super easy to make, clean up, and especially fun to eat.  Today, Harrison had a football game, and unfortunately they lost a really close one.  So once we got home, I said, “Today would be a good day for cupcakes.”  Harrison agreed enthusiastically!  Not too many kids wouldn’t.  đź™‚

These fun Halloween Spider Web Cupcakes are the perfect treat for your ghouls and goblins. These delicious chocolate cupcakes are topped with a vanilla frosting and chocolate syrup spider webs. Fantastic for a Halloween classroom treat or party snack!

How to frost these Spider Web Cupcakes:

Once you’ve baked the cupcakes and let them cool to room temperature, make the frosting. Here’s what you’ll need to make this simple vanilla frosting:

  • powdered sugar
  • cream cheese
  • butter
  • vanilla extract 
  • chocolate syrup for the “spider webs”

Check out my tutorial for how to make amazing cream cheese frosting. There are a few tips in here that I always use when making any frosting. Super helpful!

For many desserts, an amazing cream cheese frosting recipe is literally the icing on the cake! Learn how to make cream cheese frosting with these simple steps and tips for getting that perfect creamy, delicious consistency every time.

How to decorate the “spider webs” on these Halloween cupcakes:

Once you’ve mixed your frosting, you can now frost the Halloween cupcakes. You can do this one of two ways. Fill a piping bag and pipe each cupcake with a simple round tip. (No decorative tip is necessary.) Once done piping, evenly flatten the top surface of the cupcake frosting with a knife or frosting spatula. The other way is to frost with a knife only. The knife only takes a little longer, as you have to get the right amount of frosting on each cupcake.

Once you have a flat frosting surface, you can then decorate with the chocolate syrup. Start with a dot of chocolate syrup in the center of the cupcake and then gradually swirl the syrup outward in circles. Then, with a toothpick starting at the center of the cupcake, gently drag lines to the outer edge of the cupcake. This will give the appearance of spider webs.


The results are beautifully “spooktacular”!!

The cupcakes under the pretty frosting are super easy, also.  The recipe uses a store-bought mix, with some extra ingredients to make it extra yummy.  (I’m a fan of using mixes, as they are pretty fool-proof.  The flavor and consistency are pretty spot-on and I always like to add a little sour cream to make the cake extra moist.)

If you love Halloween cupcakes, be sure to check out these adorable Pumpkin Cupcakes with Candy Corn Butter Cream by Grand Baby Cakes!

Topping these Spider Web Cupcakes:

Here are a few fun & easy decorations and topping ideas for your Halloween Cupcakes

  • Plastic Spiders
  • Candy bugs and spiders (found at any craft store or holiday area at your local discount store)
  • Gummy spiders

If you loved these fun, delicious Halloween Spider Web Cupcakes, check out some of my other treats perfect for Halloween or a fall celebration:

Let the Halloween Boo'ing begin! Have some friends, family, or neighbors that you would love to share some Halloween spirit with? Make them these fun Mashmallow Mummy Pops and share them in these fun and simple Halloween Boo Bags complete with lots of MARS® Fun Size Candy and a card letting them know they've been Boo'd! You'll start a fun fall tradition that will get everyone into the spirit of the season!

Marshmallow Mummy Pops


The perfect way to enjoy all your favorite candy in one glorious bite! My Halloween Candy Bark is made with delicious chocolate, white and orange candy melts, and bejeweled with loads of candy! A great treat to add to any Halloween Boo basket!

Halloween Candy Bark


If pumpkin is your thing then these Caramel Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting and Filling will be your new favorite way to indulge! Modeled after my uber popular Pumpkin Caramel Cream Cheese Poke Cake, these cupcakes are loaded with flavor and deliciousness!

Caramel Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting


Celebrate Halloween with these Spooktacular Halloween Party Foods!  I've gathers some of the very best Halloween party appetizers, snacks, drinks, and desserts to make your party the best in town!

The Best Halloween Party Foods


Soft, fudgy chocolate cookie dough paired with the fall classic candy corn come together for an incredibly moist, chewy cookie! Studded with big semi-sweet chocolate chips and topped with candy corn, these cookies will be a new favorite with everyone in your family! The perfect fall treat!

Double Chocolate Candy Corn Cookies




4905 cal


269 g


638 g


28 g
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Yields 24

Spooky Spiderweb Cupcakes

These chocolate-chocolate chip cupcakes with vanilla frosting are "spooktacular!" Perfect for a fun Halloween party, kids classroom treat, or bake sale.

45 minPrep Time

22 minCook Time

1 hr, 7 Total Time

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  • 1 box Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix (like Betty Crocker)
  • 3/4 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 c. (8oz. container) sour cream
  • 1 box, chocolate fudge instant pudding mix
  • 1 (12 oz) bag (2 c.) mini chocolate chips
  • Frosting:
  • 1 8 oz. pkg cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 c. butter, room temperature
  • 4-5 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • chocolate syrup for decorating


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare two, twelve cup muffin/cupcake pans with paper liners.
  3. In mixing bowl, combine cake mix, milk, oil, eggs, sour cream and pudding mix. With hand or stand mixer, mix on low for about 1 minute. Stop to scrape down sides and ensure all ingredients are incorporated. Mix for another 30 seconds to 1 minute. Pour in the chocolate chips, and fold in with a spatula until combined.
  4. With an ice cream scoop or ladle, add the batter to the lined tins. Each cup will be about 2/3 to 3/4 full.
  5. Bake at 350 for 21-24 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting.
  6. For frosting, let cream cheese and butter come to room temperature. In mixer, cream these together. Add vanilla. Gradually add powdered sugar until consistency of frosting is light and fluffy. Add a large dollop to each cupcake and make a smooth, flat surface on the top of each cupcake.
  7. With chocolate syrup, start in the center of the cupcake with a thin stream of syrup and work outward making a spiral circle. Using a toothpick, start in the center and drag the syrup and frosting outward. Make several lines from center to edge to create the spiderweb. Enjoy!

I hope these cupcake help make your Halloween or Fall celebration an event to remember!



Halloween spider web cupcakes in a photo collage. Decorated with white frosting and chocolate syrup swirl to replicate a spiderweb.




  1. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says
    These cupcakes are so fun for Halloween, Erin! Thanks for linking up to All My Bloggy Friends this week - I'll be sharing this on Facebook!
    • Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says
      I'm choosing this as one of my features at tomorrow's All My Bloggy Friends! I can't wait to see what you share this week :)
  2. Oh man, these are so fun! I love the spider webs (kid at heart, I suppose:). Cupcakes are one of life's simple pleasures and these look amazing.
  3. Your mom is a smart lady!! This is so cute and perfect for Halloween parties! Pinned!!
  4. Super cute cupcakes!! Love how festive they are with the webs :)
  5. These look great! Simple but effective and definitely 'spooktacular' :D Stopping by from two cup Tuesday and following you on twitter! looking forward to reading more of your posts :)
    • delightful.e.made@gmail.com says
      The cupcakes are easy and come out really pretty. Thanks so much for stopping by and following! ~Erin
  6. These are so creative. Can't wait to try them! (PS: Visiting from Show Stopper Saturday)
    • delightful.e.made@gmail.com says
      Megan, these are really easy to bake and frost. Hope you get to enjoy them soon! ~Erin
  7. What a fun looking cupcake! I found you at the LInk Party Palooza! :) I'm pinning this idea right now.
  8. These are so fun and festive, Erin. I've done the spiderweb design on cookies before but have never thought to do it on cupcakes...too cute! I'm sure that Harrison was thrilled with these...I know my boys would have been! :)
  9. Me too! I would have never thought to do spiderweb on a cupcake, but it's super cute! Thanks for sharing!
  10. Your cupcakes look fabulous!!! Love the spider webs!
  11. These look so much fun to make and easy to do - which is my kind of cupcake! Cute as can be! We've featured your post on the BeBetsy Brag About It No. 26 - thanks so much for visiting BeBetsy and hope to see you at our party tomorrow! Sharon and Denise ♥ http://bebetsy.com
  12. These are great, I love the idea and it's not very complicated! Found you at Brag About It!
  13. Thanks for sharing at Whimsy Wednesday last week! I featured you in my roundup today! You can see it here... http://www.ohmy-creative.com/holiday-crafts/halloween/12-halloween-spider-crafts/
  14. How creative! I don't make cupcakes very often either, your right they are super easy. Love how these came out, the spider webs look awesome! Thanks for sharing at Show Stopper Saturday! Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats
  15. Hello would you mind letting me know which hosting company you're utilizing? I've loaded your blog in 3 different web browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot faster then most. Can you suggest a good hosting provider at a reasonable price? Thanks, I appreciate it!
  16. These would be a huge hit at my house!
  17. I cannot wait to surprise the kids with these - what a fun treat
  18. These cupcakes are so fun and creative! Love!
  19. Not only do these look like spiderwebs on top...but man they look delish!! Sharing ;)
  20. I love how incredible effective your cupcake decorating technique is! Definitely need to give this a try this year.
  21. These look fabulous! How wonderful is that frosting? Wow!
  22. These cupcakes look so so yummy and the decorating is incredible! I can't wait to try them! Thank you!
  23. Your Spider web cupcakes are awesome! What an easy spooky idea. I'd love it if you would share them on my Halloween Linky {link in my sidebar}!! New follower! Kim


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