Halloween Black Widow Spider Web Cupcakes

Learn How to Create Black Widow Spider Web Cupcakes for Halloween with This Step by Step Tutorial.

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of JOANN. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Halloween is coming soon and I always get SO excited about creating fun, yet slightly creepy Halloween treats each year! This year my kids insisted that black widow spiders be incorporated into our decor.

My son has been fixated on spiders lately which means we spend waaay too much time looking at photos of spiders on google late at night. It’s the perfect way to calm your nerves and relax right before bed….not. Ha!

These cupcakes are fairly easy to make, but they do take a bit of time! The best part is your kids can totally help you with the process!

You can find all of the supplies for these black widows spider cupcakes at your local JOANN or order the supplies online from JOANN.com

Supplies

Bake & Frost Cupcakes

Begin by preparing 12 jumbo sized cupcakes in white liners. Once the cupcakes have finished baking, let them cool completely.

Scoop out the contents of two containers of warm vanilla frosting into a bowl. Using a toothpick or knife add Wilton food coloring to the icing until you achieve the desired color.

Place a round metal tip inside of an icing bag. Fill the piping bag with purple icing and secure the top closed.

Start from the edge, hugging the outside and slightly overlap the icing as you move to the center creating 3-4 rotations. Pull up on your icing bag once you reach the top.

Create White Chocolate Spider Webs

Warm a cup of white chocolate Wilton melts in a microwave-safe bowl. The candy melts should be warmed in 15-20 second increments.

I know it might be tempting to use larger increments but this will prevent the chocolate from burning. Heat the melts, remove them from the microwave, stir and then warm them again until they are completely smooth.

Fill a small piping bag with the warmed chocolate and cut the tip of the bag off.

Inflate 12 balloons so the top of a balloon is close in size to the top of your cupcake. Don’t over inflate them! If you fill the balloon with a small amount of air, the top of the balloon will remain slightly pointed which is what we want for this step.

Cover the top of the balloon with vegetable oil. This will help the chocolate to separate from the balloon in the next step.

Place the balloons in a jumbo cupcake pan.

With the warmed chocolate draw an x on the top of the balloon. Rotate slightly and draw another x. Starting from the top drizzle the chocolate into swirls to create a spiderweb.

The first layer I like to make the circles a bit thicker to give the spiderweb a solid base so that it doesn’t crack apart in the next step. Then I go over the spider web a seond time with a faster, less precise drizzles.

Sprinkle a variety of different sprinkles on the chocolate while it’s still warm.

Place the muffin tin inside of the fridge for 5-10 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden

Pull the muffin tin out of the fridge once the chocolate has hardened and turn all of the balloons upside down so that the chocolate is sitting in the cupcake tin. Poke a small hole into the top of the balloon to allow air to slowly escape. Make sure not to pop the balloon, this should be a slow process!

Once the balloons have deflated completely, gently pull the balloon away from the chocolate if it’s still attached. Go slowly so that you don’t break the spider webs. You’ll likely loose a few pieces in the process and that’s okay!

Place the spider web on top of a frosted cupcake, pushing it down slightly so attaches to the tip of the frosting.

Create Fondant Spiders

To create a black widow spider, open a package of black Wilton fondant and cut off a small piece.

Roll a small piece of fondant into a ball to create the body of the spider. Create a slightly smaller ball for the head of the spider.

Use a dab of Wilton food gel to adhere the head of the spider to the body.

Use a clay extruder to create eight spider legs. If you don’t have a clay extruder (it can be purchased here) you can roll them out by hand.

Build the spider on top of something that has a dome shape (like the cap of the sprinkles) to give the spider legs a more realistic look.

Create tiny pinchers and attach them on the front of the spider directly under the head.

With edible food gel, adhere a red sprinkle on the back of the spider. Let the spider harden in this position so the legs will keep their shape.

Assemble Cupcakes

Gently place the chocolate spider web on top of the frosted cupcake. If your spider web falls apart, don’t worry you can piece it back together on top of the cupcake with a bit of food gel.

Once the spider web has been positioned, attach the spider with a dab of gel underneath its belly on top of the spider web. I varied the sizes and positions of the spiders to make it look more realistic.

You are sure to be the hit of every Halloween party with these creepy black widow spiders!

Oh, and if you plan on storing these in your fridge, don’t forget to warn your significant other beforehand! My husband may or may not have shouted when he opened the fridge to grab some milk and found a dozen spiders staring back at him. Hehe!


 

 

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