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Chocolate legs of a malted milk ball spider sitting on top of a cupcake.

Halloween Spider Cupcakes

Loving these quick and easy Halloween Spider Cupcakes! Fun Halloween snack and perfect Halloween cupcake recipe for kids to bring to the school party.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Halloween Spider Cupcakes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Decorating time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12
Author The Savvy Age


  • 1 box favorite cake or cupcake mix
  • Favorite cupcake frosting
  • Edible Candy Eyes
  • 1 bag Malted milk balls
  • Chocolate morsels semi sweet, milk chocolate or dark chocolate
  • Disposable cake decorating bag


  • Bake your favorite cupcakes. The cupcakes can be regular size or mini cupcakes.
  • Let cool.
  • While the cupcakes are cooling began preparing the malted milk balls and candy eyes.
  • Melt the chocolate morsels in the microwave. Put 1/2 cup morsels in a microwave safe bowl and melt. I begin with 45 seconds and then check the morsels to see if they are melted enough to put into a decorating bag. If more time is necessary heat the morsels on high in 15 second intervals.
  • After the morsels are melted then spoon the morsels into a disposable decorating bag.
  • Using the chocolate morsels as the glue, put a dot or two dots if using two eyes, on the malted milk balls. Press the candy eyes into the glue dots and press gently to adhere.
  • Halloween candy eyeballs are also available! Add an even spookier look to your cupcakes with these fun eyeballs.
  • Frost the cupcakes.
  • Position the malted milk balls on top of the cupcakes. The design is up to you. A spider is created by placing two milk balls one behind each other. The front milk ball has the eyes.
  • Now add the spider legs by taking drizzling the legs from the milk balls to the edge of the cupcake with the chocolate in the decorating bag.
  • Let the spider cupcakes set.


Decorating The Halloween Spider Cupcakes
The cupcakes can be messy! This is a Halloween recipe kids of all ages can make, bake and bring to school. The messiness just adds to the spookiness of the spiders. 
If a decorating bag is not handy this is a perfect time to use the Plastic Bag Hack by spooning the melted chocolate into a quart size plastic bag and snipping off the end of the bag to create a DIY decorating bag.