How to Make Simple Fun Spider Cupcakes for Halloween

How to Make Simple Fun Spider Cupcakes for Halloween

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I have been having so much fun making Halloween treats this year. I feel like for the first time in so long I actually have enough free time to get all of my ideas in the oven. I really enjoyed making these fun spider cupcakes as part of my Halloween baking this week. They are so simple to put together but absolutely delicious (and adorable!) 

I am still on my semi-homemade baking kick (maybe that’s why I’ve had so much time lol). I used a boxed chocolate cake mix for these cupcakes. If you would prefer to make your own, or don’t have time to grab a boxed mix you can find my absolute favorite homemade cupcake recipe in my Charlotte’s Web inspired Wilbur the pig chocolate cupcakes post. 

I did add a special touch to match the caramel candies used in the spider decorations by adding a caramel filling into the center of the chocolate cupcakes. You can make your own and use a chocolate decorating bottle to inject it in the cupcakes or you can purchase a premade version. Yup, you guessed it. I bought the premade lol. It’s really just as simple to make your own when it comes with caramel. However, I saw this at the local craft store and just had to try it in something. Naturally, with Halloween coming up so soon I had tons of fun spider cupcake ideas. Caramel spiders? YUM! 

Related: Eerily Delicious “Bloodbath” Halloween Brownies 

spider cupcakes for Halloween

Chocolate Caramel Spider Cupcake Recipe

Of course, you will want to follow the directions on your own box if you purchased a boxed cake mix to make these fun spider cupcakes for Halloween. In addition, oven times often vary so be sure to keep an eye on your cupcakes to ensure they bake properly. 

Chocolate Caramel Spider Cupcakes

Chocolate Caramel Spider Cupcakes


  • 1 box chocolate cake mix ( or you can use the recipe link above!)
  • 1 tube caramel filling
  • 1 bag Rolo caramel candies
  • 1 package candy eyes
  • 1 tube black decorating icing
  • 1 container white icing ( or you can use the recipe included in the link above to make your own)


  1. Bake cupcakes according to box directions. The ingredients will vary depending on the type of cake and brand of mix.
  2. Let cupcakes cool in pan 5-10 minutes and remove to rack.
  3. Cool another 10 minutes and add caramel filling to the center of each cupcake. You want to insert the filling tip all the way into the cupcake ( but watch so that you don't go through the bottom ) and slowly squeeze as you lift the filling tip back up out of the cupcake.
  4. Let cupcakes continue to cool around 20-30 minutes. ( If you are short on time you can put them into the fridge to cool quickly too)
  5. Using a wide decorating tip use a swirl pattern going from the outside of the cupcake in until the entire top of the cupcake is covered. This will be our spider's little "nest"
  6. Using a small decorating tip add two dots near the top of each Rolo candy. We can use this to attach our eyes onto the candy to create our spider's face.
  7. Once you have their eyes on you can put a spider body on top of each cupcake in the center of the icing swirl you created.
  8. Using the fine decorating tip draw four small lines out from the spider's body with the black icing to create his legs (you can use brown icing if you want to match the Rolo color. I just feel like spiders often have brown bodies and black legs around here)

Related: Spooky Zombie Hand Halloween Graveyard Cupcakes 

spider cupcakes for Halloween

Making the Spider Cupcake Toppers

These spider cupcake toppers are so simple to make but I think they are adorable. All you need are a bag of Rolo candies, candy eyeballs ( I went with the smallest available for these cupcakes ), and a little bit of black decorating icing. 

You can add the eyeballs to the Rolo candies ahead of time if you would like to have them ready to just pop onto your spider cupcakes once you have the iced. Then you just have to add their little legs and you are done! Any color icing can be used to add the eyeballs to the caramel candies because it will be hidden anyway. I just used the black that I was already using for the spider legs because the small decorating tip I was using for the spider legs was just the perfect size to stick the eyes on. 

I used a number 4 round tip for the spider legs and a number 12 round tip for the white icing swirl on the bottom. If you prefer you can use a wider round tip for the swirl to make it a little easier. I found that the number 4 tip was just about the perfect size for the legs for our little spider cupcake topper though.

spider cupcakes for Halloween 

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These simple and adorable chocolate caramel spider cupcakes are the perfect addition to your next Halloween party! #spidercupcakes #halloweencupcakes #halloweensnacks

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2 thoughts on “How to Make Simple Fun Spider Cupcakes for Halloween”

  • SO I was showing this to Darcee cause she loves to bake and we were talking about making fun cupcakes for our godson Preston. He loves chocolate and I am getting him Charlotte’s web so just as an FYI, when I googled charlottes web cakes I found your post. So aweseome sauce. Anyways, we had a question, where the hell do you find edible decorating eyes or did you just use regular googly eyes. Darcee has no idea and neither do I. I love the rolo’s ideas for the body. Just hope I don’t eat them all before decorating time! Why does baking have to taste so good!
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    • lol thank you! The eyes are made by Wilton. They have multiple sizes. You can find them in the baking section of Walmart or Target stores (usually by the crafts) or in crafting stores like Hobby Lobby or Michaels 🙂

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