Baking Family Recipes

Smiley Spider Cupcakes


I’m never entirely sure how I feel about Halloween. Trick or treating just wasn’t part of my childhood, and the whole thing was vastly overshadowed by Bonfire Night which always involved a massive bonfire on the school playing field, baked potatoes to keep your hands warm and the call and answer of fireworks being let off across the town.  As a family I think we still make more of a celebration of Bonfire Night, though that might just be because we have friends with a garden big enough for some decent sized rockets.

But I am absolutely certain about where I fall on the question of cake.  You should never say no to cake. And well, I’m never one to turn down a good excuse for a bit of themed baking either.  So without too much waffling on and further ado, may I introduce you to the only sort of spiders I willingly welcome into the house and have never chased away with a hoover or scooped up in a tea towel and thrown into the garden.

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I first had the idea for these a few years ago, wanting to make a treat for my team at work and looking for any excuse for the acquisition of more cupcake cases (you can never had too many cupcake cases).  They are very simple, and very easy to make, but they look really cute, and taste delicious.  This recipe will make 12 fairy cake sized Smily Spider Cupcakes but if you have a muffin tin instead you could easily make them bigger by multiplying quantities by 1.5 and letting them cook for 3-5 minutes longer.

To make 12 fairy-cake sized Smily Spider Cupcakes you will need:

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

for the cakes

  • 100g butter
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 10g cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs

for the decoration

  • 125g icing sugar
  • 1 packet of Milky Way Magic Stars
  • Black writing icing


  1. Preheat the oven to 170 C and line a 12-hole fairy cake tin with paper cases.
  2. Put all of the cake ingredients in a food processor/ stand mixer and whizz until completely combined.
  3. Divide the mixture between the 12 cake cases, it’s about a dessert spoonful each and you want to fill each case about 2/3 of the way to the top.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until the cakes are risen and spring back to the touch.Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life
  5. Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool.
  6. While the cakes are cooling have a look at your Magic Stars.  They all have little faces set in the middle of the five point star; we need 12 of the ones that have a point over the top of the face like this; Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life rather than the upside down sort that look like this. Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family lifeThose ones can be fed to passing children/husband/considered a cook’s treat!
  7. Whisk the icing sugar in a bowl to break up any lumps then slowly add in 1-2tbsp of water until the icing is smooth and will coat the back of a spoon.
  8. Cover each of the cakes with about a teaspoon of icing and set the Magic Star in the middle, then allow the icing to dry.Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life
  9. Using the writing icing, draw four spiders’ legs between the points on each side of the Magic Star for a total of eight legs per spider.Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And there you have it, enough spiders to spook a whole host of trick or treaters – assuming they last that long that is.


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  • seychellesmama 15/10/2014 at 9:09 am

    ahhh they are so cute!!! Such a simple idea but it works really well! One for me please 🙂

    You are right about Halloween being overshadowed by bonfire night. Although Halloween does have a special place in my heart after living in California for three years where they go bloomin’ crazy for it!!!

    • Carie 15/10/2014 at 3:44 pm

      I think Halloween in the States must be incredible, it’s so much bigger and seems like more of a community event than around here

  • Helen 15/10/2014 at 11:01 am

    These look fabulous! And great for the kids to help with too! I love Halloween and so do my kids! They had their costumes picked out for this year last month 😀

    • Carie 15/10/2014 at 3:44 pm

      Oh that’s very organised – I hope they really enjoy it!

  • Vickie 15/10/2014 at 3:54 pm

    These are so cute and what a great idea to use magic stars for the spider’s body!

    I really love your photos for this post Carie. The pic with the layout of the ingredients is very Pinterest worthy!

    • Carie 15/10/2014 at 6:40 pm

      Aww thank you – I like playing around with the photos, and it was a bit more exciting than just stacking up the packets on my kitchen worktop!

  • older mum in a muddle 15/10/2014 at 5:58 pm

    Those look fab! X

    • Carie 15/10/2014 at 6:41 pm

      Well they did disappear at speed – shame the real spiders won’t do the same 🙂

  • sally 15/10/2014 at 9:11 pm

    We don’t really do Halloween either – except for pumpkin carving of course! But I think we’ll be tempted by these cakes.

    • Carie 17/10/2014 at 8:59 am

      I’m still working up to pumpkin carving – although Kitty and I managed a good cat the other year!

  • Jenny 16/10/2014 at 2:18 pm

    I absolutely love these Carie. So creative and fun. Perfect obviously for the upcoming halloween. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. Always in the mood for a great recipe! #sharewithme

    • Carie 17/10/2014 at 9:00 am

      They’re nice and easy too – my cake decorating skills are decidedly limited!

  • Sara (@mumturnedmom) 18/10/2014 at 3:14 am

    These are great… I’m going to have to find a replacement for the Milky Way stars!

    • Carie 19/10/2014 at 6:47 pm

      I can always send you some if you get really stuck!!