Spun Sugar Spider Web Cupcakes – A Fun Halloween Treat!

These spun sugar spider web cupcakes make a fun Halloween treat and even come with a party favor. Let’s get started with this easy Halloween dessert.

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Halloween Treats

We’re no stranger to Halloween crafts and food here on Ruffles and Rain Boots. Heck, we’ve shared our fair share of Halloween cupcakes like these Frankenstein cupcakes and these adorable ghost cupcakes.

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.

close up of a spider cupcake with a spun sugar web and plastic spiders on frosted cupcakes with text which reads Ruffles and Rain Boots

How to Make Spun Sugar (It’s a Lot of Fun)

So about the sugar… There are a couple of ways to make it but I’m sharing the safe way. Although these look fun for the kids to do, I don’t actually recommend getting the kids in the kitchen for this recipe.

Spun sugar is hot and it can burn you. But preparing your parchment ahead of time and using a whisk means that you’ll likely NOT burn yourself. So, yay for that. 😉

RELATED READING: Adorable Frankenstein Cupcakes for a Non-Scary Halloween Treat

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 spun spider web cupcakes.

Candy Thermometer

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,” but I can tell you it works.


You’ll also need a whisk to avoid sticking your hands anywhere near hot sugar. Important, yes? 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!

sugar spun spider web cupcakes with marshmallow frosting and plastic spiders with text which reads Ruffles and Rain Boots

RELATED READING: Cute and Easy Ghost Cupcakes for the Little Ones

Yield: 6 cupcake

Spun Sugar Spider Web Cupcakes - A Fun Halloween Treat!

spider cupcakes on white background with sugar spun webs

These spun sugar spider web cupcakes make a fun Halloween treat and even come with a party favor. Let’s get started with this easy Halloween dessert.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 6 each baked and cooled cupcakes
  • 1 can vanilla marshmallow fluffy frosting
  • 1 cup sugar (granulated)
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup (light)
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. In a small saucepan, add sugar, corn syrup, and water and stir to completely incorporate. Place a candy thermometer on the side of the pan.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium to medium-high heat. Stir constantly until it boils.
  3. Once the mixture boils, stop stirring and let it boil for 6-7 minutes or until the candy thermometer reads 280 degrees (F). 
  4. Remove the pan from the stove. Dip a whisk into the mixture and move it in small circles over a parchment-covered baking sheet. Work quickly as the mixture will cool quickly. Make twice as many as you need because some might break. 
  5. Let the spider webs cool while you frost the cupcakes. Use a flat-backed knife to create a space in the frosting and gently place the web into it. Add on the spiders and enjoy!


Additional Supplies:

  • 6-12 each toy spiders or plastic spider rings

For more fun cupcake recipes and decorating ideas, visit Ruffles and Rain Boots.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 221Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 60mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 0gSugar: 46gProtein: 1g

All nutrition information is estimated. For accuracy, please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.

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Step-by-Step Guide to Working with Spun Sugar

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