Are you afraid of ghosts? Monsters? Zombies!? For Halloween treat inspiration, we look to the creepy crawlies, and this easy spider web design can be used to make creepy cupcakes, spoooooky coooookies, and cakes or pizza that will give you goosebumps!

Spooky cookie with spider web frosting pattern on top.

For these cupcakes, we rolled pre-made fondant (you can buy it at cake decorating stores or craft stores!) with a rolling pin until it was nice and thin, then we cut it into a circle. Once that dries—it doesn’t take long—it’s like a tiny little canvas that you can use to decorate cupcakes, cakes, cookies, or even a dish of ice cream! But you can also do this design right onto the top of a sugar cookie or cake.

Royal icing, made from egg whites and confectioners’ sugar, works great for decorating, and it’s easy to make. Get the recipe here!
To make your spiderweb, first cover the surface of your fondant circle or cookie (or cake!) with royal icing or other white icing.

Pouring white royal icing onto cookie.

Use a piping bag cut with a tiny hole to pipe a dot of black icing in the center of the circle. Keep piping circles around the dot like a bullseye, all the way to the edge of the circle. Make sure to leave some space in between the circles.

Adding black piping icing on cookie.

Finally (told you it was quick!), take a toothpick and run it through the black icing from the center to the edge, wiping the tip after each swipe. Continue all around the circle until you complete a spider web. You need to do this relatively quickly before the icing sets.

Using a toothpick to spread the black icing into a spiderweb pattern.

Now that you have the hang of it, you can use this design on almost anything! For pizza, try it with red tomato sauce and white ranch dressing. For a tostada (that’s like an open face taco!), try it with refried beans and sour cream. Don’t forget some black olives spiders to trick your friends!