Halloween … do you go for cute or scary? I prefer cute with a little bit of creepy or scary, but not a lot, thrown in!
I was the mom that never did the “blood and guts” thing with my boys … maybe a little bit of blood for a vampire costume … that was about it. It just wasn’t my thing … things haven’t changed. I was much better at making cute treats for the school’s Halloween bake sale ;)
Personally, I find real spiders a little creepy, however if you make a spider out of candy and gumballs … put candy eyeballs on it … place it on a cupcake … it falls into my cute category.
These cupcakes are made with Sixlets, Gumballs, or both, from Sweet Works …
Start with your favorite cupcakes (it’s chocolate for me) and frosting (cream cheese), colored yellow. Fill a pastry bag that has been fitted with a #22 tip. Frost your cupcakes in a swirl, starting from the outside edge working toward the center …
Now for the fun part … decorating …
I used black candy melts to attach parts (dark chocolate or royal icing could be used), candy eyeballs, heart sprinkles, licorice wheels (couldn’t find licorice laces), edible markers, green Laffy Taffy and black Disco Dust. Tweezers may come in handy for attaching tiny parts! Just a reminder … give a minute or two to let the melted candy harden when attaching parts ;)
I truly enjoyed creating all of these Halloween critters and even named them …
Silly Spider Cupcakes …
- cut licorice for legs and place on cupcake
- place a dot of melted black candy in center of legs and place a black Gumball (for spider body)
- use melted candy to attach 2 candy eyeballs to a black Sixlet and place on cupcake for head
- use melted candy to attach 2 red heart sprinkles on body (to form an hourglass)
Creepy (not really!) Crawley Bug Cupcakes …
- use an edible marker to draw a mouth on a Sixlet
- use black candy to attach 2 eyeballs
- place 5 or more Sixlets (including the head) on cupcake
- use black candy to draw legs
Eye of Newt aka Googley Eye Cupcakes …
- use black candy to attach candy eyes to Sixlets and or Gumballs
- use red edible marker to draw blood-shot lines
- place eyeballs on cupcake
Frankenstein aka Frankie Baby Cupcakes
- use black candy to attach candy eyeballs on a green Gumball
- use black edible marker to draw mouth and scar
- place gumball on cupcake and push it in a little
- use black candy to create hair and 2 “neck bolts”
Pumpkin Patch or Jack o’ Lantern Cupcakes
- Use little pieces of Laffy Taffy to create stems … they should be sticky enough to attach to orange Sixlets and Gumballs (if not use a dot of candy melts)
- Use black candy melts (or edible marker) to draw a face on pumpkins
Blingy Bat Cupcakes
- Use black melts to draw “bat wings” on a sheet of wax paper or parchment and let harden. I just drew the wings, freestyle … I winged it, hahaha ;)
- Dip a brush in Black Disco Dust and tap it over the wings … bats need glitter!
- Use black candy melts to attach a Sixlet (head) to a Gumball (body) … then attach eyeballs and draw ears
- Place bat body on cupcake and push the body into the frosting a little.
- Insert wings into the icing next to the bat body.
Thank you to Sweet Works for providing the Sixlets and Gumballs … it was so much fun using them :)
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