Well, I took the plunge. I tried an intimidating recipe today: spider cupcakes. I’ve made cupcakes before but have never done anything “fancy” to them. I’m really good at spreading frosting on them and calling it a day. That, I can do. Design a spider out of the thing? I’m not so sure.
We live right next to a preschool so I thought who better to make cupcakes for than preschoolers? They’ll appreciate my “craft” regardless of what it turns out like, aka they’ll eat anything with enough sugar. Plus, I would feel somewhat pathetic making 24 spider cupcakes for myself (husband’s out of town). I can just picture myself alone, stuffing cupcakes in my mouth watching soap operas…sad.
The ingredients were relatively easy but I knew putting each cupcake together would take some time. I allowed myself about an hour and a half, but it ended up taking a solid 2 hours! The original recipe says it takes 25 minutes to decorate…I’d like to watch someone do this in 25 minutes who isn’t Martha Stewart. By that I mean Martha Stewart has access to a whole team of people so absolutely she will get them done in 25 minutes!
Anyway, first up was cooking the cupcakes. The cupcakes themselves were make from Devil’s Food Cake mix so that part was easy.
While the cupcakes were baking, I started prep work on the spider body parts (ew). Each cupcake needed legs that were made from Twizzler Pull n’ Peels. I used around 9 Twizzlers and peeled each one, then cut each string into 4 sections (this got a little tedious).
Once the cupcakes were done, I prepped my frosting. All I did was scoop out 2 full tablespoons of chocolate frosting and placed it into a zip lock bag. I’ll come back to that later, the rest of the frosting was used on top of the cupcakes.
Frosting time! Somehow, I managed to get frosting on everything: the floor, in my hair, on my shirt…it was a mess.
Now that the cupcakes were good and frosted, it was time to add the hair! How gross is that? A hairy spider mmm. I guess if your hair is made of chocolate sprinkles it’s not that bad.
Now the real work started: the spider’s face and legs. To make the whites of the eyes, I used large marshmallows. Cut 1 marshmallow in half, then use a dot of the reserved frosting to “glue” it to the cupcake.
Next, grab 3 M&M’s, 2 the same color (unless you want crazy eyes!). Dot some frosting on the back of the M&M’s and stick them in the whites of the eyes and below the whites for the mouth (or nose? I don’t know).
Now that the face is done, it’s time for some leg action. Take a toothpick and make 4 holes on each side of the cupcake. Insert a Twizzler piece into each hole and you’ve got your legs! I found that the cupcakes fell apart easily when I was doing this, so some cupcakes had 8 legs and others had 6…hopefully the kids won’t notice.
Spider cupcake! They turned out pretty cute but putting together the face and legs took some serious time. I think the preschoolers liked them though so it was well worth it!
Not only were they time consuming, but my kitchen turned into a disaster! I suppose that’s not the cupcakes fault..
Look towards the upper right hand corner: I have a bag of M&M’s in the dish dryer and a pan with cupcakes in them, sitting right behind it (next to the knives). The ground may have been a better place for that…
Anyway, I delivered 30 cupcakes to the preschoolers and they were a success! Obviously I had to make one for myself too..
Spider never tasted so good..
It’s about to get crazy…if you can’t handle cupcake gore I suggest you look away…and hide ya kids, hide ya wife, and hide ya husbands too (kudos to those who get that If you don’t, check out this video).
Mmmm delicious spider. I will say right now, Halloween is probably my favorite holiday. I dress up every year..I love it! I always buy candy for kids too but they usually never come :(. Maybe this year?
These cupcakes are time consuming, but if you have a Halloween party to go to or some kids to feed, definitely give them a try! They will absolutely be a hit!