creepy spider cupcakes
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I always shriek with delight when my channel surfing this time of year brings me to one of my favorite Halloweeny movies, “Arachnophobia”! It’s simultaneously funny and gross and terrifying (I’m STILL severely traumatized by the jumping spider in the shower scene) and a true childhood classic for me. And is there a better way to celebrate this campy 90’s horror movie than with a batch of creepy spider cupcakes?? I think not! Read on to learn how to transform innocent cupcakes into an arachnophobe’s worst nightmare!

creepy spider cupcakes

What you’ll need:

  • a box of chocolate cake mix
  • 1 can each of vanilla (I found a seasonal version that was tinted orange) and chocolate frosting
  • a piping bag with a narrow tip
  • small malted milk balls like Whoppers
  • Lindt Lindor truffles or any other large round milk chocolate candy
  • orange sprinkles and red confetti sprinkles (optional)

creepy spider cupcakes

  1. Bake the cupcakes according to the directions on the box, and let them cool
  2. Frost those babies with vanilla frosting! I went the extra mile and piped it on using a zig zag pattern so the spider would have a flat surface to sit on, but it’s certainly not necessary
  3. Place a Whopper and a truffle in the center of a cupcake to create the spider body
  4. Load up a clean piping bag with a few large spoonfuls of chocolate frosting, and use a narrow tip to add a dab of frosting between the candy to “glue” them together. Then pipe on some long spooky spider legs
  5. Place two orange sprinkles in front of the head for eyes/fangs
  6. The truffles I used featured a little indentation mark, so I added a dab of frosting and covered it up with a red confetti sprinkle for a black widow look
  7. Serve up your platter of spider cupcakes and wait for your guests to scream in terror – muhahaha!

creepy spider cupcakes

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  5. Kyla says:

    These are so creepy! I love them :) I think I’ll have to make these for an upcoming Halloween party!

  6. Eva says:

    It’s just an amazing idea, my kids will love it ;)

  7. Mariko says:

    Too cute! I love the little red spots on the backs of the spiders. Just that much creepier.

  8. Jane Y. says:

    these are SO nice but i don’t think i will ever look at whoppers and lindt’s truffles the same way! :D

  9. Birgit says:

    These look SO good! And creepy :p Now I’m hoping we are having a Halloween party, so I can make them..

  10. so so so cute gloria! and i love that the recipe simply uses pre-made cake mix, meaning more time can be spent perfecting the spiders :)

  11. Jen says:

    GLORIA! These are amazing! They somehow manage to be both cute and creepy—which is a perfect combo in my opinion!

  12. Johanna says:

    This is clever and so in line with my brain this month – October is my spirit month! Great job!

  13. rooth says:

    This is utterly and completely adorable – but mine would never ever turn out like this, regardless of how hard I tried

  14. Erin says:

    GIRL, I just lost my appetite. And I love cupcakes! That should tell you how much I hate/am afraid of spiders ;) Lovely end result though and beautiful styling/photography! Pinterest-level stuff here. xo