Cupcakes with a peppermint pattie spider and with pumpkins

These adorable spider cupcakes are so easy to make!  You can use any cupcakes for these little guys including your favorite homemade recipe or a boxed mix!  I like to use chocolate because I like the dark colors but they’d be adorable on red velvet too!  My friend Joan has an awesome Midnight Mint Cupcake recipe that would be a perfect base for these!

While the legs can stick into the frosting I find that glueing them with  just a little bit of melted  chocolate helps them to stick exactly in the position you want.

I purchased edible eyeballs but you can also use white candy melts.  Squeeze little dots of white candy melts onto parchment paper and top with dots of dark brown/black candy melts.  Refrigerate 5 minutes.

The great thing about these toppers is that they’re so easy anyone can make them!  I do love a great decorated cake (like some of these amazing Birthday Cakes for Boys I found over at Spaceships and Laserbeams… did you see the Spiderman one?) but sometimes I just need something quick and these fit the bill!

Items You’ll Need For This Recipe

* Peppermint Patties * Edible Eyeballs * Chocolate Chips *

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How to Make Spider Halloween Cupcake Toppers

These adorable spider cupcakes are so easy to make!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 spiders
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  • 12 prepared & frosted cupcakes (your favorite recipe or boxed mix)
  • 12 York peppermint patties
  • black licorice shoestrings
  • 24 edible google eyes
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon white candy melts


  • Cut licorice strings into 2" pieces.
  • Place chocolate chips in a small ziploc bag. Microwave 20-30 seconds or just until melted.
  • Squeeze a little bit of chocolate on each frosted cupcake. Place 6-8 licorice 'legs' on top of each. Squeeze a little bit more chocolate and top with a small peppermint pattie. Use melted chocolate to secure the eyes.
  • Place white chocolate melts in a ziploc bag and microwave 20-30 seconds or until melted. Let cool slightly, you don't want them too runny. Pipe two fangs on each spider.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 418 | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 195mg | Potassium: 126mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 57g | Vitamin A: 34IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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  1. Holly, I would love to make the spider cupcakes for our neighbor children but the only place I can find the shoestring licorice is at Walmart online. And I can only buy in 1 lb or more package for $15.49. A little pricey for 6 cupcakes.
    Do you happen to know anywhere else these can be purchased in small quantities?? I have checked everywhere I can think of.

    P.S. Love all your recipes, always. I can lways count on them.5 stars

    1. Hi Sharon, we have often found them at our local grocery store or a bulk store like Bulk Barn. You could also opt for a sweet and salty version and use pretzels as the legs instead. I hope that helps!

  2. You didn’t tell how to make the hamburger pie.Whats in it and how long do cook it? It looks very tasty.Thank you very much.I will let you know how it turns out.