Spider cupcakes are the perfect sweet treat for Halloween. The chocolate pumpkin cupcakes are deliciously moist and topped with vanilla buttercream frosting with a spider web design.
Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon EACH: ground cloves, nutmeg, and salt
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix, which is spiced)
- ½ cup coconut sugar (can sub brown sugar)
- ½ cup neutral-flavored oil (avocado, canola, or grapeseed)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 large eggs
- Optional: 1 cup chocolate chips
- ½ cup salted butter, at room temperature
- 2 cups icing sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoons vanilla
- 3 drops orange food dye (see notes)
- Edible spider cupcake toppers OR plastic spider rings
- A toothpick
Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup cupcake pan with liners.
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt.
- In a large bowl, whisk the pumpkin puree, sugar, oil, vanilla, and eggs.
- Add the flour mixture to the bowl with the pumpkin and whisk to combine. If using, stir in the chocolate chips.
- Divide the batter between the cupcake liners. Note: the batter will be quite thick. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of one of the cupcakes comes out clean. Let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting them.
- In a large bowl, use electric beaters (or a stand mixer) to whip the butter for 1 minute. Add the icing sugar, milk, and vanilla and beat until combined. (See notes)
- Remove a scoop (about ¼ cup) of the frosting and set it aside. You’ll need it for the white spider web design.
- Mix the orange food dye into the remaining frosting.
Decorate the sider cupcakes
- Frost the tops of the cupcakes with the orange frosting and smooth the top as much as possible.
- Place the white frosting into a piping bag with a small, round decorating tip. You can also use a plastic bag and cut one of the bottom edges to make a piping bag.
- Draw a small circle in the center of the cupcake. Then draw 2 more circles so that you have three circles inside each other. (See the pictures in the post.)
- Immediately after drawing the circles, take a toothpick and draw a line from the smallest circle out past the largest circle. Do this 5 times around the circles to create the effect of a spiderweb.
- Top each web with a store-bought edible spider or a plastic spider ring.
Food dye varies widely in quality and strength. You may need more to achieve the color you want.
If you would like your frosting thinner, add a little extra milk. If you would like it thicker, add a little extra icing sugar.
We trust that if you use plastic spider rings to decorate the cupcakes, you’ll let people know to remove them before they eat the cupcake.