Centipede and Larvae Cupcake





Introduction: Centipede and Larvae Cupcake

About: Hello! I am a psychology student from Belgium. I hope you'll enjoy my tutorials! :)

This tutorial will show you how to make these spooky chocolate cupcakes!

Step 1: How to Sculpt Realistic Larvae and Maggots

Tools and ingredients:

-White fondant or gumpaste

-Orange fondant

-Red and yellow food coloring

-Black Food Marker Pen


-Very thin paintbrush

-Lemon syrup (for drinks)


Make several "tiny snake shapes" with white fondant. Use a toothpick to carve small indentations on the maggots as shown in the picture, in order to give them a realistic look. Color the maggots head with a black food marker pen.


Take a bigger amount of white fondant, and use a toothpick to scratch the back of the larva as shown in the pictures. Using a black food marker pen make a few dots, under each indentations.

Make a tiny ball of orange fondant and flatten it with your finger, wrap it on the larva's head. Make two dots with the food marker pen and carve a small indent on the larva's head.

Mix red and yellow food coloring and use a thin paintbrush to color the head of the larva.

Use a few drops of lemon syrup to glaze the maggots & larvae.

Step 2: How to Sculpt a Fondant Centipede

First, roll a long snake of red fondant in order to make a base for the centipede body.

Roll out a thin sheet of yellow fondant and cut several strips. Arrange them around the centipede's body.

Next, make several pairs of legs ( 1 pair per body segment) and two antennae. Then, attach them to the body using a tiny drop of lemon syrup as glue. Use one of these pairs to make the centipede's tail, as shown in the picture.

You can use a food marker, and orange food coloring to add color to each segment.

Roll a tiny ball of fondant to sculpt the centipede's head. Then, gently press the antennae on the centipede's head. You can use a tiny drop of lemon syrup to make them stick together.

Step 3: Chocolate Dirt Cupcake

Chocolate cupcake recipe:

-7 ounces dark chocolate 60% cacao or higher (200g)
-1/2 cup of unsalted butter at room temperature (110g)

-2/3 cup of granulated white sugar (130g)
-1 cup of all-purpose flour (125g)

-3 large eggs (at room temperature)

-1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

-1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

This recipe makes 8-9 cupcakes

Place the egg yolks in a large bowl and the whites in another one. Beat the egg yolks with 125g granulated white sugar and 10cl of water until foamy. Add the flour graduately. Melt the chocolate and butter in a microwave. Then add the chocolate mixture to the batter and mix until smooth. You can now add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1/2 tsp of baking powder to the chocolate cake mixture. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Carefully incorporate the beaten egg whites into the cake mixture until evenly mixed.

Bake for 25 minutes in a 365 degrees F oven (180 degrees C).

(I used the same preparation as in my Chocolate coffins tutorial) https://www.instructables.com/id/Little-chocolate-c...

Chocolate "dirt":

-25 sponge fingers/lady fingers (150g)

-1/2 cup granulated white sugar (100g)

-3,5 ounces dark chocolate (100g)

-1/4 cup of unsalted butter (60g)

(You can also use Oreo, or any kind of cookie instead! :) )

Roughly break up the sponge fingers and place them in a food processor, add the melted chocolate and sugar to the crushed cookies.

Next, place this tasty chocolate dirt in a large bowl.

Cover top of cupcake in melted chocolate (preferably, milk chocolate), and dip them into chocolate dirt.

Step 4: Have Fun!

Last but not least,arrange these spooky cupcake toppers as you wish! Let your imagination go wild!

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    19 Discussions

    Omg, this is what Halloween is supposed to be! Creepy, gross and wicked all at the same time, being an 80's kid I'm so sick of the "kid friendly, non scary" Halloween jazz. You got me and my daughter's vote, we are SO making these! ??

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    :D I would love to see how your cupcakes turn out!

    Thank you so much for the words of encouragement! I will soon post even more wicked & gross sugar insects.

    Thats so cool. thanks for the great instructable. You ve got my vote!

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    Wow, these are amazing! I think we should call the centipede 'Bert' :)

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    Thank you :D I also think that "Bert" sounds lovely for this centipede!

    It's like a cross between creepy crawlers and easy bake oven...Aweome work!

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    Ick! I just HAVE to do this.

    The insects look quite realistic - great job!

    really cool dude

    Wow! That centipede is great. I wonder if you could make that outer wrapping of fondant stick to a sliced carrot. If the inside of the bug had a crunch, that would be the ultimate!

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    Thank you for sharing this awesome idea, I will definitely try this! :)

    Ooh creepy! Nice job, very realistic ;)

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    Excellent sculpting on the bugs--they look perfectly creepy! :)

    Very nicely done, my kids would love these. Thanks for the ideas and great instructions!

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    Thank you! These were really fun to make :)