Spider Web Halloween Cupcakes

A spooky spiderweb cupcake that’ll be the hit of your Halloween party!
How to make Spider Web Cupcakes with cotton candy! Halloween fave!

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Hi my fabulous Halloween hostesses! I’m super excited to share my spider web Halloween cupcakes with all of you! Did YOU know that white cotton candy happens to look a lot like a spider web? Well well, it absolutely does which makes it a super easy and clever way to make spider web cupcakes for Halloween this year.

Halloween Spiderweb Cupcakes

You might be wondering, “where will I find white cotton candy this time of year?” but do not fret! You can sometimes find it at dollar stores year-round or you can buy it online for cheap! I bought mine here and just used the small tub which made a dozen cupcakes (or more depending on how much of it you use on each cupcake).

How to use cotton candy to make spider web cupcakes!! Pizzazzerie.com

It really couldn’t be easier! Or tastier! You simply build the cotton candy up as tall as you like. It sticks to itself so you can make it whatever shape web you’d like. Little plastic spiders stick right on giving it the perfect “spider web” look. If you would prefer the cupcake to be 100% edible, then you can pipe little spiders in dark chocolate on parchment paper, peel off, and stick right on. There are a few tutorials I found online if you’d rather go this route (one here and one here).

How to make Spider Web Cupcakes for Halloween with cotton candy! Pizzazzerie.com

Cute, right? I just love these! Serve up a cupcake tray of these at your Halloween party or make them with the kids for a fun afternoon treat. If you want to get colorful, colored cotton candy for “pink spider webs” or other colors would be a whimsical twist! If you prefer more cotton candy and less cupcake, try serving it up traditional style like these adorable purple spider webs by my friend Mariah of Giggles Galore! However you put your twist on the cotton candy spider web idea, it’s definitely one you should try this Halloween!

How to make Spider Web Cupcakes with cotton candy! Halloween fave!

Spider Web Halloween Cupcakes

SERVINGS 24 cupcakes


For the Cupcakes:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

For the Frosting:

  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter - room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk

For the Web:

  • 2 containers of white cotton candy


For the Cupcakes:

  • Heat oven to 350°F. Line cupcake pan with liners (makes 24).
  • Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes.
  • Carefully stir in boiling water. Fill each cupcake liner 2/3 full.
  • Bake 22 to 25 minutes for cupcakes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

For the Frosting:

  • Cream butter in electric mixer fit with paddle attachment for 2 minutes.
  • Add powdered sugar to butter 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Add vanilla and milk and beat for 2 minutes.
  • If you want a thicker consistency, add more powdered sugar.
  • Pipe onto cooled cupcakes.

For the Web:

  • Loosely set cotton candy on top of white frosting. Garnish with spiders!


I have received a few questions about cotton candy not holding up. So mine did just fine for about an hour but if you live in a really humid area, it might be less. Set the cotton candy on the cupcakes just before serving for best results!
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  1. Great idea to use cotton candy! It looks great. I am definitely going to try this at my Halloween party!

  2. Cute idea! Question, how long does the cotton candy stay on the cupcake? I have used cotton candy on top of frosting in the past and it didn’t stay too long before the sugar dissolved it. Just trying to figure out feasibility for my Halloween party. Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Steph! This was about an hour shoot and it was all still there and in tact, but I guess if you are in a super humid environment or it is a hot day – it might start to crystallize. My best suggestion would be to get everything else ready for the party and add the cotton candy at the end! :)

  3. Courtney, these are so darling! I just made cotton candy cupcakes using cotton candy, and now I’m hooked on making desserts with cotton candy! This is so fun and creative!

    1. Thank you so much, Elizabeth!

  4. Michele in IL. says:

    Super cute and so fun! I am definitely trying this! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Michele in IL. says:

    I am making these for a “girlfriends” dinner next week. I ordered the white cotton candy which is very inexpensive but the shipping is $10. It will be worth it though!

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  7. I made these and you should wait until your going to serve them before you put the cotton candy on top of icing. Because the moisture from the icing deflated the cotton candy within a few minutes.

  8. How did you get the frosting so white? I think it adds to the affect! I am planning on making these for my sons Schools Halloween Carnival! Thanks for such a cute idea!

    1. You can use shortening instead of butter (the white shortening) but if you want to use butter (tastes better) then grab Wilton White Coloring from somewhere like Michaels, in the baking aisle! A few drops will do!

  9. I bought some cotton candy but it wasn’t fluffy like yours. You said you bought yours and didn’t make it ? I want to make these for a party I’m having. I don’t have time to do it at the last minute any other suggestions ? Such a cute idea.

    1. Hi camille, I bought the cotton candy online. It was pretty fluffy. You could try to fluff it up by separating it a bit, but perhaps it was the brand you bought. I’m not terribly certain without seeing it. You could always check out a few other halloween cupcake ideas here: https://pizzazzerie.com/holidays/9-easy-cute-halloween-cupcakes/

  10. Used green and blue cotton candy as “sea foam “ for a mermaid party

  11. Super excited to try these Spider Web Halloween Cupcakes, seems amazing and unique . Thanks for sharing this one with us , will love to try this one.

  12. Super excited to try these Spider Web Halloween Cupcakes , seems amazing and unique. Thank you for sharing this with us, will love to try this one.

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