Spider Cupcakes

Spider Cupcakes are easy and fun to decorate using black licorice ropes, candy eyeballs, and mini chocolate chips. These cute chocolate cupcakes make the perfect Halloween dessert!

Spider Cupcakes with text overlay

All Hallows' Eve is right around the corner. What say we make some cute and delicious Spider Cupcakes to celebrate?

Aren't these Halloween cupcakes darling??? I do enjoy whipping up seasonal treats with my kids, but nothing too fussy or complicated, thankyouverymuch. These cuties fit the bill just perfectly.


Simple frosted chocolate cupcakes are turned into endearing spiders with the addition of some candy eyeballs, licorice legs, and mini chocolate chips...AKA, Spider Cupcakes!

Close-Up of Spider Cupcake decorated with mini chocolate chips, licorice legs, and candy eyeballs

I realize that endearing and spider are pretty much oxymorons, but there is nothing scary or creepy about these arachnids. In fact, I tend to think they're downright adorable, at least as far as spiders go.

I found the inspiration for this idea in an old parenting magazine and adapted it to my available ingredients. Feel free to do the same! Use your favorite chocolate cupcakes and frosting, whether they're the box mix/tub variety or from scratch, like my Homemade Chocolate Cake Mix recipe.

Spider Cupcakes crawling across a white table scattered with striped paper straws


  1. I opted to dip my frosted cupcakes in mini chocolate chips for some texture, but you could use chocolate sprinkles instead or even just leave your frosting plain.
  2. I had a bag of candy eyeballs just longing to be put to work, but if you don't have any or can't find any, feel free to use a mini marshmallow with the flat side of a chocolate chip stuck in the center for the pupil.
  3. Finally, thin licorice laces would make great legs, but all I could find at Target were regular black licorice ropes. I could have persevered in my search at a few more stores, but the fact that I have to unbuckle and unload three children each time we make an errand-running stop means that I usually make due with what I can find at our original destination. So, in lieu of licorice laces, I just cut some long strips from each rope of licorice and then cut those in half for my spider legs. Easy peasy.

Spider Cupcakes on a table with striped paper straws in Halloween colors

And there you have it! Spider Cupcakes that are so cute and yummy, they just might cure a case of arachnophobia. Make a batch with your kids this weekend, or whip some up for that potluck Halloween party to which you've been invited. They'll be a hit either way...I pinky swear it!

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Spider Cupcakes for Halloween | {Five Heart Home}

Spider Cupcakes

Frosted chocolate cupcakes are easily turned into cute Spider Cupcakes for Halloween with just a few fun embellishments!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 24 cupcakes (or as many as you'd like to make!)
Calories: 229kcal
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  • Chocolate cupcakes
  • Chocolate frosting
  • Candy eyeballs
  • Mini chocolate chips or chocolate sprinkles
  • Black licorice laces or black licorice rope twists, cut into strips


  • For each spider, frost a cupcake and press two candy eyeballs into the frosting.
  • Pour mini chocolate chips (or sprinkles) in a bowl and press the frosted side of the cupcake into the chocolate chips until evenly covered, adjusting chocolate chips around the eyeballs as necessary.
  • Cut licorice laces or rope pieces in half. Use a toothpick to poke leg holes in the cupcake and then to guide each of the eight legs into place. Refrigerate before serving to help everything set.


  • If you don't have candy eyeballs, you may cut a mini marshmallow in half and use the two resulting pieces for the whites of the eyes, sticking a chocolate chip in the center of each piece (flat side out) for the pupil.
  • NUTRITION INFORMATION is *estimated* for one average chocolate cupcake that has been frosted and decorated.


Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 175mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 22IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg
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Inspired by Parents.com.

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  1. Hi I just wanted to let you know You were featured on my blog for a Halloween roundup! I hope you can check it out. Have a great weekend!

    1. I really appreciate it, Shamene! And thanks so much for stopping by to let me know. Hope your weekend is going well! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Lisa! I'm so glad you stopped by, and I really appreciate the pin! Hope you're having a great week... 🙂

  2. I'm usually scared of spiders but these cupcakes should be afraid of me eating all of them. SO CUTE!! Pinned!!

    1. I hear you, Meghan...I don't like spiders at all, but I somehow had no problem devouring these little guys! 😉 Thanks so much for stopping by and for the pin. Happy Wednesday!

  3. The mini chocolate chips on top sound awesome, the more chocolate the better! 🙂 I think this might be the cutest spider I've ever seen. hehe. Thanks for sharing at Show Stopper Saturday!

    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

    1. I appreciate the sweet comment, Krista! I don't know anyone who would turn down extra chocolate chips...certainly not me! 😉

  4. Hi Samantha,

    These are adorable! Love the black licorice spider legs and the mini-chocolate chip covered spider body. So adorable !

    1. Thanks so much, Aida...I'm not usually a fan of spiders, but I can tolerate these. 😉 They were fun to make and fun to eat!

    1. Thanks, Jenn! I thought the mini chocolate chips made them look kind of furry and spider-ish. 😉 I appreciate you stopping by...have a great week!

  5. How cute! My name is Katie and I host Fall Into the Holidays, open Saturdays. I would love to have you link up!

  6. Hi Samantha! How adorable are these cupcakes?? I just love them! I'm so happy I will always be a kid at heart and NEVER outgrow anything holiday. (Do I sound like Peter Pan? 🙂 Thank you so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend, as always! Pinning and will be sharing over the weekend! Enjoy yours!

    1. Thanks so much for the kind words, Cindy! I think that staying a kid at heart makes any holiday that much more special! As always, I really appreciate you stopping by and pinning...have a wonderful weekend!

  7. Hi Samantha! Stopping over from the "Inspire Me Please" link-up! 🙂 LOVE this idea. Super cute, yet easy! You could even use store-bought cupcakes if you wanted to "cheat" a little. Ha! Thanks for sharing!

    1. I really appreciate you stopping by, Kate! And you are so right...nobody would ever know if you embellished store bought cupcakes to create these little spiders! That's a great suggestion for a time-saver...thanks for sharing it! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Liz...my boys loved them, too! And I totally agree...they are a great Halloween cooking project to do with kids. Hope your family has fun with these! 🙂

  8. I pinned these after just seeing the first picture! They are so stinkin' cute! The Cs would get a kick out of them! Thanks so much for sharing, friend!

    ~Abby =)

    1. Awww...thank you, Abby! I really appreciate the pin, and I hope your boys love these spiders if y'all end up making them! Hope you're having a great week...thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Lisa! They were a hit with my preschooler...hope your son's class loves them, too! 🙂

  9. Such cute little spidies! Love the ease and versatility - thanks for sharing this.
    And glad to see you survived the Aggie/Ole Miss game- I almost had a nervous breakdown...lol.
    Have a great day!


    1. Thanks for the sweet comment, Debbie! I have a phobia of real spiders, but these were pretty fun to make. 🙂

      And yes, that game this past weekend was just a tad stressful! I'm just glad this one turned out in our favor!