Halloween Spider Web Cupcakes

By NAHLUX.COM - November 06, 2020

The perfect Halloween cupcakes for your fall party or Halloween bash! These delicious spider web cupcakes are simple to make and easy to decorate. The spider webs are made with chocolate syrup and a toothpick. Your lil’ ghouls and goblins will love these cupcakes!

How to frost these Spider Web Cupcakes:

Once you’ve baked the cupcakes and let them cool to room temperature, make the frosting. Here’s what you’ll need to make this simple vanilla frosting:

  • powdered sugar
  • cream cheese
  • butter
  • vanilla extract
  • chocolate syrup for the “spider webs”

How to decorate the “spider webs” on these Halloween cupcakes:

Once you’ve mixed your frosting, you can now frost the Halloween cupcakes. You can do this one of two ways. Fill a piping bag and pipe each cupcake with a simple round tip. (No decorative tip is necessary.) Once done piping, evenly flatten the top surface of the cupcake frosting with a knife or frosting spatula. The other way is to frost with a knife only. The knife only takes a little longer, as you have to get the right amount of frosting on each cupcake.

Once you have a flat frosting surface, you can then decorate with the chocolate syrup. Start with a dot of chocolate syrup in the center of the cupcake and then gradually swirl the syrup outward in circles. Then, with a toothpick starting at the center of the cupcake, gently drag lines to the outer edge of the cupcake. This will give the appearance of spider webs.

These chocolate-chocolate chip cupcakes with vanilla frosting are "spooktacular!" Perfect for a fun Halloween party, kids classroom treat, or bake sale.

45 min Prep Time * 22 min Cook Time * 1 hr, 7 Total Time


  • 1 box Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix (like Betty Crocker)
  • 3/4 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 c. (8oz. container) sour cream
  • 1 box, chocolate fudge instant pudding mix
  • 1 (12 oz) bag (2 c.) mini chocolate chips
  • Frosting:
  • 1 8 oz. pkg cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 c. butter, room temperature
  • 4-5 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla chocolate syrup for decorating


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare two, twelve cup muffin/cupcake pans with paper liners.
  3. In mixing bowl, combine cake mix, milk, oil, eggs, sour cream and pudding mix. With hand or stand mixer, mix on low for about 1 minute. Stop to scrape down sides and ensure all ingredients are incorporated. Mix for another 30 seconds to 1 minute. Pour in the chocolate chips, and fold in with a spatula until combined.
  4. With an ice cream scoop or ladle, add the batter to the lined tins. Each cup will be about 2/3 to 3/4 full.
  5. Bake at 350 for 21-24 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting.
  6. For frosting, let cream cheese and butter come to room temperature. In mixer, cream these together. Add vanilla. Gradually add powdered sugar until consistency of frosting is light and fluffy. Add a large dollop to each cupcake and make a smooth, flat surface on the top of each cupcake.
  7. With chocolate syrup, start in the center of the cupcake with a thin stream of syrup and work outward making a spiral circle. Using a toothpick, start in the center and drag the syrup and frosting outward. Make several lines from center to edge to create the spiderweb. Enjoy!

I hope these cupcake help make your Halloween or Fall celebration an event to remember! Enjoy!



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