About: No time to clean the house...always, all the time crafting!

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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    7 years ago on Step 5

    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!

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    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.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I will use this for my cupcakes. Thank you for sharing.

    These will be perfect for my neighborhood's Halloween party! Your photos make it look so easy- thanks!