DIY Spider Cupcakes (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Each week on Tuesdays we travel to a magical place, and this week, it’s my kitchen! I wanted to share this final Halloween recipe with you while you still had time to make it yourself. So, today we’re making SPIDER CUPCAKES!!!

DIY Spider Cupcakes (Gluten Free, Vegan)
Celiac and Top 8 Allergen Friendly Decoration!

Creepy, crawling, everything about spiders has the tendency to creep people out. And, that’s why they’re one of my favorite Halloween treats. The Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips bring an added hairy texture to this spooky treat. 🙂

DIY Spider Cupcakes (Gluten Free, Vegan)
Uh Oh! Is there a spider coming your way?! He looks rather delicious!

Fortunately, these treats are quite simple to make once you have the components: buttercream frosting body, royal icing eggs, candy eyes, and Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips. Just watch the video below to see how they go together!


While that’s nice and simple, you still need the recipes! So, the only tricky part here is that your spider legs will need time to dry on wax paper, so you NEED to make the royal icing in advance. (aka: Start cooking NOW!) No, but really, they’ll need to dry overnight.

Without further ado, here are the two recipes that you’ll need.

Buttercream Frosting

Allergies: Celiac friendly. 

DIY Spider Cupcakes (Gluten Free, Vegan)
  • ½ cup of Earth Balance Shortening
  • ½ cup of Earth Balance Vegany Butter Stick (Or Soy Free Buttery Stick)
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 4 cups of Confectioners Sugar (should be sifted if pipetting)
  • 2 Tbsp. Almond Milk (or hemp or coconut or ___ milk that meets your allergy needs)
  • Food Dye (if desired)


  1. Cream the Earth Balance shortening and vegany butter in a mixer.
  2. Add vanilla and mix.
  3. Gradually add the sugar, beating well on a medium speed. You’ll need to scrape the bowl often.
  4. Add the almond milk and beet at a high speed until light and fluffy!
  5. If necessary, add in food dye until your frosting is the desired color!

Tips and Tricks

  • For this chocolatey version, I added cocoa powder at the end and then a dab more of my dairy free milk. This bit is easy because you’ll know the desired consistency from Step #4.
  • If you don’t have allergies, this is still our family’s favorite recipe, but you can use regular butter and margarine. 🙂

Eggless Royal Icing Frosting*

Allergies: Celiac friendly. Free of Top 8 Allergens. Contains Corn

  • DIY Spider Cupcakes (Gluten Free, Vegan)
    It has a gooey texture!

    4 cups of Confectioners Sugar (should be sifted if pipetting)

  • 6 tsp. water
  • ¼+ cup Corn Syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Food Dye (if desired)


  1. Mix the confectioners sugar and water until a consistent texture. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl!
  2. Add in the corn syrup and vanilla, and mix. This will be super gooey, so you’ve been forewarned.
  3. Next, add in any food dye to reach desired consistency. I recommend gelled to maintain the texture, but liquid works fine too.
  4. Then, if it still seems too thick for piping you can add more corn syrup. (Do NOT add more water.)

To Make Designs

DIY Spider Cupcakes (Gluten Free, Vegan)
This witches’ hat design will be here on Friday!

You’ll need waxed paper, pipetting bag, and tips.

  1. You may want to divide up the frosting and color it separately.
  2. Use a pipetting bag to draw the outline on the wax paper. (It helps to have a copy of your design under the wax paper, so you just have to trace.) Give it some time to harden, at least 10 minutes. (It doesn’t matter if you leave it for longer though, you can wait up to a few hours.)
  3. Fill in your design!
  4. Wait overnight.
  5. Peel off, and there you have it, ta da! (Bigger designs obviously take longer, but these spider legs will be ready!)

Tips and Tricks

  • This is a sticky, messy, and gooey recipe, so if you can have meringue, I do recommend a traditional royal icing. But, it does do the trick for wax paper designs, AND tastes 10 times better than pectin!
  • If it’s too gooey to scoop out, use an ice cream scoop to the frosting into your pipette bag.
  • This dries at a much slower pace than your typical royal icing.
  • If you’re not vegan, you don’t need to measure the 4 cups, just use a Domino’s box! Here is a list of vegan friendly powdered sugars.

*Quantities adapted from a Food.Com recipe.

Let’s take one more view of our beautiful spider friend!

DIY Spider Cupcakes (Gluten Free, Vegan)
My favorite Halloween pal.
These gluten free cupcakes are so cute for Halloween! The decorations are free of the top 8 allergens too!
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More details on the eggless royal icing will be coming to the blog, THIS FRIDAY. So, come on back and let me know any questions you may have in the comments below.

Happy Cooking, and I hope y’all have a wonderful week!

P.S: I also shared this at Vegetarian Mama’s Gluten Free Fridays, so if you’re a celiac like me, go check out that link up too!

16 thoughts on “DIY Spider Cupcakes (Gluten Free, Vegan)

  1. I thought I would just hop over from your comment on my Mediterranean Stuffed Peppers. That is what I love about CommentLuv it lets me know what your last post is. This spider cake is so good and creative. Well done, gluten free too.
    I would love you to share this on my Friday Blog Booster Party #30
    At the end of the party is a link to The Pinterest Game if you like Pinterest.

    1. Thanks, Lee! They were so much fun to make. I had a lot of fun making them, and hopefully I’ll have some more cupcakes soon! 😀

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