This is a fun, easy activity to do with children or in the classroom. Kids love to make and eat these cupcakes- the bonus is making it, eating it and then wearing the plastic spider ring! Make some with your goblins today!


  • Batch of cupcakes- baked and cooled to room temperature; your choice of flavor
  • Icing (make a batch or use store bought)
  • Icing Gel- several tubes (purchase contrasting color to the icing color- ex. white icing- use black or purple gel for the spider web- Gel is sold at grocery stores, Wal-Mart, Michaels, etc.)
  • 1 toothpick for each child/student (if using this as group activity)
  • 1 spatula or knife -for spreading the icing (if group project, suggest 1 plastic knife for each child/student)
  • 1 plastic spider/ bat ring (enough that each cupcake has it's own ring)
  • Napkins

Step 2: Ice the Cupcake

Apply an even layer of icing- the smoother the better.  Next, use the contrasting Gel and draw three thin concentric circles.

Step 3: Make the Spider Web

Use the toothpick to "drag" through the Gel rings...make sure you don't go too deep or you will pull cupcake crumbs into your icing web!

Tip:  Start in the middle and drag to the outside.  I ususally do this about 4-6 times. (picture 2)

Step 4:

Position your plastic spider, bat, fly, etc. anywhere on the web.  Push it slightly to embed in the cake.  Enjoy!

Tip:  Younger children should not use smaller items like a plastic fly- potential choking hazard.   Dollar stores are a great resource for locating interesting "Halloween" plastic toy items for this project.

Step 5: Variation

If you enjoyed making this Spider Web, you may want to consider using the same technique but with three different colored gels for a tye-dye look.  Sorry for the poor quality of this photo- it's from a cellphone...it shows a spring time color scheme using pink and yellow gels on white icing.  Here's some other ideas I have used in the past:

  • 60's Decade themed parties...suggest using pink/purple and yellow or green- for a tye dye look.   
  • Patriotic cupcakes using red/ and blue gel on white icing.
  • Holiday with red/green gel on white icing.

Kids and adults go crazy for this simple to do decorating technique.  Have fun!
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I remember seeing this in Martha Stewart Living last year, but never thought of the other cool ideas you gave. Great job! Now I'll try this for all the holidays!
Thanks! Yes, I remember the 4th of July cupcakes Martha Stewart did last year. I have been doing this for about 10 years with my girls and in the classroom with my students. It is always a big hit regardless of which color/theme variation. The best part of this project is that all skill levels can end up with a great end product- especially nice when working with students/ girl scouts, etc.
I signed up for Halloween cupcakes on Monday, so guess which ones I'm taking! I had originally planned on taking another MS recipe, but look so much easier! I think these would be neat for Christmas as well, so check another holiday off the list.
I will use this for my cupcakes. Thank you for sharing.
Those cupcakes look so delicious thanks for the recipe
These will be perfect for my neighborhood's Halloween party! Your photos make it look so easy- thanks!
Very cute!

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