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. 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.

Adorable Halloween spun sugar cupcakes with spiders on white and orange background with text which reads Ruffles and Rain Boots.
These are going to be a crowd-pleasing Halloween cupcake for everyone!

Halloween Treats

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.

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Close up of a spider web cupcake with a spun sugar web and plastic spiders on frosted cupcakes with text which reads Ruffles and Rain Boots.
Look at those gorgeous sugar spider webs!

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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.

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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.

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 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.

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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!

Spun sugar spider webs on top of cupcakes with marshmallow frosting and plastic spiders with text which reads Ruffles and Rain Boots.
The kids will love choosing their favorite spider ring.

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!

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.

Did you make this yummy recipe?

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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.

Step by step process of six images showing how to make spider webs from sugar.
Remember to read through the instructions above when working with hot sugar.

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