Spooky spider cakes

Spooky spider cakes

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(14 ratings)

Prep: 40 mins Cook: 25 mins


Makes 12

Children will have great fun decorating these at Halloween parties

Nutrition and extra info

  • Can be frozen before decorating
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal481
  • fat24g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs63g
  • sugars45g
  • fibre0g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.64g
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  • 200g butter, at room temperature



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  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 4 eggs



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  • ½ tsp baking powder
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  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 tbsp chocolate chips or chopped chocolate

To decorate

  • 2 packs liquorice Catherine wheels
  • 12 tbsp Nutella or other chocolate spread
  • liquorice allsorts (the black ones with the white centre)
  • tube black writing icing
  • 1 length red bootlace


  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4 and line a muffin tin with 12 cases, preferably brown ones. Put the butter, sugar and flour in a mixing bowl. Break the eggs into a smaller bowl, taking care not to get any shell into it, then tip on top of the butter mixture.

  2. Add the baking powder and vanilla to the larger bowl, then beat with an electric hand whisk until smooth and creamy. Stir in the chocolate drops or chocolate. Spoon the cake mixture evenly into the cases and bake for 20-25 mins until golden – a cocktail stick pushed into the middle of one of the cakes should come out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

  3. To decorate the cakes, unravel the liquorice wheels and cut into lengths with scissors to make dangly legs. Stick 8 into the top of each cake, making small cuts with the tip of a sharp knife so they push in really securely.

  4. Spoon the chocolate spread on top and spread lightly within the liquorice legs to make a round spider’s body. Now cut the Allsorts to make eyes and the red bootlaces to make mouths, then stick them onto the cakes and dot on the icing to make eyeballs. Will keep for up to 2 days in a cool place.

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23rd Feb, 2015
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20th Jan, 2015
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6th Jan, 2015
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16th Dec, 2013
My little sister had great fun making them but it got a bit fiddly try to poke the liquorice into holes into the cake we just stuck it into the chocolate spread! Looked really good when finished though
29th Jul, 2013
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19th Oct, 2011
brilliant fun and very popular with kids
31st Oct, 2010
Fantastic! So much fun to decorate & looked great as our table centrepiece! Used Lakeland orange Halloween cupcake cases & the mixture made 20 (filled each one with 2heaped teaspoons full of mix)! I mixed all the cake ingredients except for the flour & chocolate chips in my blender (whisk attachment) then stirred in the flour & choc chips by hand, the chocolate chips did not sink. I had no golden caster sugar, regular caster sugar works fine. For decorating instead of allsorts for the eyes I used 'micro marshmallows' (asda baking section) & dotted the eyes with a black writing icing pen. Discovered my 2 1/2 year old loves liquorice! Left out the red bootlace for the mouth. Also taste great baked in a mini muffin tin un-iced, perfect with a cuppa!
28th Oct, 2010
I made these last night....my chocolate chips also all sank to the bottom. Any ideas why anyone?
4th Nov, 2009
I made these for my friends at work,, they were a big hit. The only problem is the chocolate chips sank to the bottom not sure why.. They loved the liquorice but it's not to everyone's taste. i also made them for my nieces and nephew but used strawberry shoelaces.. they love them.. Really easy to make.. and taste delicious..
1st Nov, 2009
I made these for a halloween party. They were very popular but the licorice wasn't. Think I will use fizzy cola laces as suggested instead next time.


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