These spun sugar spider web cupcakes make a fun Halloween treat and even come with a party favor. You will learn how to safely create spider webs to make fun cakes, cupcakes, and other desserts.
Use my popular easy vanilla cupcake recipe or any other in your dessert recipe box, homemade or purchased frosting, and fun spider rings. Let’s get started.
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Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I am no strange to creating fun desserts for Halloween. Each year, I love creating something fun and exciting for the kids and have shared Frankenstein cupcakes, adorable ghost cupcakes, and so many more.
But friends, these spun sugar spider cupcakes are wow-worthy treats! Just look at them – and the kids get a toy, so really it’s a win-win.
How to Make Spun Sugar (It’s a Lot of Fun)
There are a couple of ways to make it but I’m sharing the safest way to work with spun sugar. Although these look fun for the kids to help with, I do not recommend getting the kids in the kitchen for this recipe.
The little ones can create the cupcakes and even frost them, but spun sugar is hot and it can burn. Preparing parchment ahead of time and using a whisk means that you’ll likely NOT burn yourself but please take precautions.
What You’ll Need for Spun Sugar Spider Web Cupcakes
There are a few things you’ll need to prep before we get started. The sugar cools quickly so you’ll need to work quickly to create these oh-so-amazing sugar spider webs.
When working with sugar, you should have a candy thermometer. You can try and guess at the ‘stages of sugar,’ but if you want to only do this once, get one. If you have Amazon prime, it can be to you tomorrow!
I have this candy thermometer and it’s only my second so I can’t tell you it’s the “best candy thermometer ever,” but I can tell you it works. It’s never let me down which is why I keep buying it.
You will also need a whisk to avoid sticking your hands anywhere near hot sugar. Important? Yes.
Parchment Paper on a Baking Sheet
Before you start, lay down some parchment paper on a cookie sheet. You will be building the spun sugar spider webs on this and because you need to work quickly, prep it ahead of time.
Plastic Spiders or Spider Rings
Plastic spiders are EVERYWHERE during the spooky Halloween season, but we also found spider rings on Amazon. Grab a pack of spider rings and you’ll be able to use these Halloween cupcakes as party favors, too!
How to Make Spider Web Cupcakes
Below is the written and printable recipe and tutorial for this fun Halloween dessert idea. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments section below. Have fun!
Step-by-Step Guide to Working with Spun Sugar
Below are the basic steps for those of you who need a refresher, but please read through the full tutorial before getting started.
More Halloween Cupcakes You Might Like
- Easy Sprinkle Halloween Cupcakes – Grab the sprinkles of your choice and learn how to create an amazing, “bakery worthy” cupcake.
- Jack Skellington Cupcake – If you love the Nightmare Before Christmas like we do, you have to see these!
- Candy Corn Marshmallows – Pop these on top of any cupcake and BAM! – instant adorable and crowd-pleasing treat.
- Easy Ghost Cupcakes – You can make everything in advance for this sweet and not at all scary Halloween dessert idea.
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