Spider’s web cupcakes recipe

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serves: 12
Skill: medium
Prep: 20 min
Cooking: 18 min
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  • Imagine the kids’ faces when you hand out these eerie spider’s web cupcakes on Halloween night = they’re a real treat!


    • For the
    • spider's web cupcakes:
    • 170g soft liquorice
    • 4tbsp water
    • 120g unsalted butter, softened
    • 120g light brown sugar, packed
    • 100g plain flour
    • 1tsp baking powder
    • ½tsp bicarbonate of soda
    • ½tsp salt
    • 2 large eggs
    • For the
    • buttercream:
    • 120g butter, softened
    • 200g icing sugar, sifted
    • 1tsp vanilla extract
    • Black food colouring
    • Piping bag


    • For the spider’s web cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with cupcake cases.

    • Gently melt the liquorice on a low-medium heat, in a small pan with 2tbsp of water. Stir occasionally then add the rest of the water. Leave to cool.

    • Sift the flour with the baking powder, soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.

    • In a separate large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, leaving a min to stir between each addition.

    • Add the liquorice and mix in well.

    • Gently fold in the flour mixture.

    • Spoon the mixture into the cupcake liners, filling ¾ of the way and bake for 18 mins or until a cocktail stick inserted into the centre of each cake comes out clean. Leave to cool on a wire rack.

    • For the buttercream: In a clean, dry mixing bowl, cream the butter until smooth, gradually add the icing sugar and continue to cream until light and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla until combined.

    • Add a few drops of black food colouring to the buttercream and mix until it reaches a mid-grey colour. Spread onto each cupcake using a palette knife. Add a few more drops of black colouring to the remaining buttercream until it reaches the desired shade of black. Spoon into a piping bag and cut the tip off. Pipe the black buttercream onto the cupcakes into a spider’s web design.

    Top tip for making Spider’s web cupcakes

    Pop a couple of plastic spider toys on these cakes for added effect - but make sure the kids don't eat them!

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