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'Spiders' and 'Webs' Make Your Cupcakes Extra Spooky!

It's hard not to get caught up in Halloween madness. All it takes is a quick Pinterest search to make one go running for the glue gun, crepe paper and googly eyes.

And while there's certainly a time and place for crafts and treats that require multiple steps (and countless hours), the ones I appreciate the most are those that only LOOK complicated.

Like these "spiders and webs" cupcakes:

Using only three ingredients, you can take even store bought cupcakes to next-level spookiness in no time flat!

This is an easy treat to execute, and is perfect for helpers of all sizes. Little hands can dip the cupcakes in the frosting and put on the spider "bodies", while older kids will love tracing out the webs and spider legs.

Here's how to do it!

"Spiders" and "Webs" Cupcakes

Makes: 24 decorated cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 24 unfrosted chocolate cupcakes (homemade or store bought)
  • one container (about 12 ounces) chocolate frosting
  • 8 ounces white candy melts (can substitute white chocolate chips if preferred)
  • 8 ounces black candy melts (can substitute chocolate chips if preferred)
  • 24 chocolate covered candies (such as M&Ms)

Click here for the spider template!

Click here for the spider web template!

Directions

  1. Make the " webs": Print out four spider web templates and place two each on two baking sheets. Place a sheet of wax or parchment paper over each and set aside.
  2. Melt the white candy melts according to package directions, either in the microwave or in a double boiler. Transfer to a piping bag or heavy-duty ziploc bag. Snip a tiny opening in the bag and pipe out 24 "webs" on your templates. Place baking sheets in the fridge or freezer to set.
  3. Frost the cupcakes: Transfer the frosting to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for about a minute, stirring every 15 seconds till frosting reaches a pourable, glaze-like consistency. Working with one cupcake at a time, dip the top into the glaze. Allow the excess to drip off and place on a baking sheet. Repeat with remaining cupcakes and refrigerate briefly to set.
  4. Make the "spiders": Print out two spider templates and place on a baking sheet. Place a sheet of wax or parchment paper over and set aside (you will have more than 24 spiders, in case a few break).
  5. Melt the black candy melts according to package directions, either in the microwave or in a double boiler. Transfer to a piping bag or heavy-duty ziploc bag. Snip a tiny opening in the bag and pipe out spider bodies on your templates. After each body is piped, immediately place a candy on top. Place baking sheet in the fridge or freezer to set.
  6. To assemble, gently lift one web and place on a cupcake. Pipe a drop of black icing onto the web and place a spider on top. Return to the fridge till ready to serve.

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