Halloween is so much fun with these spider web cupcakes! Deeply chocolaty, and so fun for the kids to make!
Halloween is coming!
We are obsessed with Halloween in our home. We’ve been preparing for Halloween since September carving pumpkin after pumpkin and watching every single Halloween movie we can get our hands on.
We’ve been reading all the Halloween stories and costumes have been picked and perfected ages ago.
Out of all the holidays in the year, it’s one of the most fun, especially when you have kids to celebrate with. But even when you don’t, a good scare and a chance to get dressed up and hang out is still a good time.
Either way, cupcakes are needed. And these spider web cupcakes are perfect no matter who your audience is. They’re fun and easy to make with kids, but still appealing for adults without being too cheesy.
We make these cupcakes using my new favorite Devil’s Food cupcake recipe because I mean, obviously. I am obsessed with this cupcake. I thought I had a good chocolate cupcake recipe before, but the devil’s food takes the cake (get it? haha…. don’t mind me).
It’s so moist and deeply chocolaty. They’re so dark it’s almost black (I recommend using a Dutch-processed cocoa powder like Rodelle to get that deliciously rich color).
How to Decorate Spider Web Cupcakes
So decorating these Halloween spider web cupcakes are so fun and easy to make… and just a little messy, but in a good way! Once you’ve frosted your cupcakes, you heat a marshmallow a few seconds, then comes the messy part. You take the softened marshmallow – which will be gooey in the middle – between your fingers, and stretch.
Once it is stringy, wrap it around randomly over the frosting. It does get tricky ending the wrapping, so I tend to just use the edge of the cupcake liner to loosen the marshmallow off my fingers.
My favorite trick is to pinch a big of marshmallow, then slowly open my finger and thumb. You get a really nice webby section that is easy to place on the frosting and release from your fingers.
I recommend playing around to find your own favorite technique.
You can also use food coloring to change the color of the web – green, red, or orange would be really fun! If you have them, a fake spider would be the perfect topper to each spider web cupcake!
The Seriously Dark Frosting
The cocoa powder helps to darken the frosting nicely already, so we need only a few drops of black food coloring to give it a boost.
The best thing to do is blend in the food coloring completely, then leave the frosting covered for a while to allow the color to deepen and develop.
If you are into Halloween cupcakes the way I am, you will also want to try these Black Velvet Cupcakes and these Mexican Chocolate Cupcakes. Want something with more gore? Try my Bloody White Cake.