Spider’s web cupcakes recipe

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20 min


18 min

Imagine the kids' faces when you hand out these eerie spider's web cupcakes on Halloween night = they're a real treat!


  • For the
  • spider's web cupcakes:
  • 170g soft liquorice
  • 4tbsp water
  • 120g unsalted butter, softened
  • 120g light brown sugar, packed
  • 100g plain flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • ½tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ½tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • For the
  • buttercream:
  • 120g butter, softened
  • 200g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • Black food colouring
  • Piping bag


  • For the spider’s web cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with cupcake cases.

  • Gently melt the liquorice on a low-medium heat, in a small pan with 2tbsp of water. Stir occasionally then add the rest of the water. Leave to cool.

  • Sift the flour with the baking powder, soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.

  • In a separate large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, leaving a min to stir between each addition.

  • Add the liquorice and mix in well.

  • Gently fold in the flour mixture.

  • Spoon the mixture into the cupcake liners, filling ¾ of the way and bake for 18 mins or until a cocktail stick inserted into the centre of each cake comes out clean. Leave to cool on a wire rack.

  • For the buttercream: In a clean, dry mixing bowl, cream the butter until smooth, gradually add the icing sugar and continue to cream until light and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla until combined.

  • Add a few drops of black food colouring to the buttercream and mix until it reaches a mid-grey colour. Spread onto each cupcake using a palette knife. Add a few more drops of black colouring to the remaining buttercream until it reaches the desired shade of black. Spoon into a piping bag and cut the tip off. Pipe the black buttercream onto the cupcakes into a spider’s web design.

Top tip for making Spider’s web cupcakes

Pop a couple of plastic spider toys on these cakes for added effect - but make sure the kids don't eat them!

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