Spiders are the essence of spooky Halloween creepy crawlies! Lucky for us, these cake pop spiders are the perfect combination of cute, sweet and not-too creepy. This is one of the easiest custom cake pops to make, so let’s get to making our delicious spider delight!
How to make cute & creepy spider cake pops
- Cake pop dough ready for shaping
- Portion scoop
- Black and white candy coating
- Candy eyes
- Black licorice rope or laces
- Paramount crystals
- Lollipop sticks
- Waxed paper
- Zip-top bags
Line your work surface with waxed paper.
Use a portion scoop or a food scale to portion your dough uniformly. Roll each portion into a ball and place onto a waxed paper–lined cookie sheet and refrigerate while you prepare the other elements of the cake pops.
Prep the candies. If using licorice ropes, cut into 1: pieces and cut into thin strips. If you’re using thin licorice laces, cut them to 1″ pieces.
Gather the eyeballs.
Melt your candy coating, heating each color in separate bowls. Microwave each color for 1 minute at 50 percent power. Stir. Continue to microwave at 50 percent power in 30-second bursts, stirring between each heating interval, until melted and smooth.
Black candy coating has a tendency to be really thick when melted. Use paramount crystals to thin the coating to the consistency of wet paint. Alternatively, you can use EZ Thin (same as paramount crystals) or coconut oil to thin the coating. Mix in a teaspoon at a time until you’ve reached the proper consistency.
Place a piece of waxed paper on a cookie sheet. Place the melted white coating in a zip-top bag and snip the tip of the bag to use like a piping bag. Pipe spiderwebs about 3″ or larger in diameter.
Start by making six intersecting lines (like an asterisk), then pipe scalloped lines between the six spokes.
Remove the cake pop forms from the fridge and let sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes to take the chill off.
Dip ⅓” of the lollipop stick into the coating and insert into the cake ball until about halfway through. Repeat for all cake balls.
Dip cake pops by submerging completely into the coating until the coating meets the stick. Lift it out and give a gentle shake in an up and down motion.
Place the cake pop upside down on waxed paper. While the coating is wet, adhere the legs first, then the eyes.
If the coating on the cake pop dries before you can adhere all the candy eyes, dab a bit of coating onto the back of each eyeball.
Use the white coating to create fangs on the mouth area and to “glue” each spiderweb on the back of the cake ball, giving our spider the illusion that it is on its web!
More Halloween Fun to Come
This month, Man About Cake is all about Halloween! Tune in every Tuesday for a new creepy-cool cake from Joshua John Russell.