Spider CupcakesI don’t know many people that are a fan of spiders, but if these little guys don’t make your Halloween guests smile, I don’t know what will. I found these chocolate spiders at Balducci’s in Westport, Connecticut and I knew that I needed to find a way to use them for my Book Club’s Halloween night. Balducci’s has a great selection of Halloween-themed items ranging from Pumpkin Spice Coffee (which is delicious because it gives just a subtle hint of pumpkin) to charming party goods to decadent Halloween candy that is prettily wrapped and ready to go as a gift. I spent about an hour in the store and was lucky enough to get a tour of some of their new features, including a hot noodle bar – genius! I took so many photos of all their amazing food that I need to dedicate a separate blog post! Look for it after Halloween week is over. In the meantime, below are some photos of just a fraction of Balducci’s Halloween items and scroll down to see more about these spider cupcakes.

Oreo Cookies Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cat Paper Goods

Vanilla Cupcake Batter

I used my favorite vanilla cake recipe for the batter.Vanilla Cupcakes

Tip – the trick to equally sized cupcakes is to use an ice cream scoop to scoop out the batter and put it into the pan.

Yellow Cupcake

Use a star icing tip to create these results, don’t be nervous about piping – star tips are especially forgiving if you make a mistake.Spiders coming

I used Candy Corn colors, yellow, orange and white for the icing.three cupcakes

Spider cupcake stand

The spider cupcake stand was the ideal serving piece for this treat!Spider Cupckakes on stand

Chocolate Spiders