If you follow us on Instagram, or you’re familiar with our blog, you’ll have noticed that we’re crazy for Halloween. From cute little ghouls to creepy crawlies we love it! With lots of us set to celebrate in lockdown we thought it would be fun to take you though a run down of some of our favourite spooky treats we’ve made over the years. Keep reading for our Halloween Tutorial Round-Up!
These realistic creepy crawlies were, and still are, a big hit! As you’ll see from the rest of this round-up we love cute halloween sweets but there’s just something about their glistening round bodies and life-like legs we can’t get enough of. They’re super easy too, follow the link above to give them a go yourself, but remember – they’re not real!
Who doesn’t love a Jack O-Lantern stuffed with Halloween candy?! This miniature take on the classic Halloween trope is perfect to adorn cupcakes, and cakes with. Obviously it had to have sprinkles as the candy.
We’re a sucker (get it?) for this little bat! It’s definitely a firm favourite of ours and will be found on Instagram and Facebook every year once October hits. The little sideways smile and tiny (non-threatening) vampire teeth are just simply adorable.
Halloween is literally a week away now, which is scary (and cool… so excited)! It’s definitely one of our favourite times of the year plus it marks the beginning of party season! Yay! Each year we go with a theme and last year’s was ‘Too Cute to be Creepy‘. For 2018 we decided to go with a more stylish look for October 31st full of blacks, edible glitter, blush pink and rose gold accents! Say hello to the first instalment of our more grown up collection of treats and tutorials! These super creepy and realistic fondant spiders are surprisingly easy to make! They’re perfect nestled onto buttercream swirled cupcakes, crawling up dainty macarons or loaded on top of freshly iced cakes!
We’re both super generous so we have also created our first ever YouTube (click and subscribe to our channel) video tutorial of this easy step-by-step! So if you like photographic guides then read on, BUT if videos are your thing then head on over to watch via YouTube! We’re also offering up a cool IGTV version so you can grab your tools and watch on Instagram!
Firstly make the bulbous lower body of your spider. Take some black fondant / sugar paste and roll into a ball shape. Our’s is approximately the size of a large chocolate raisin. Set aside.
For the head roll up a ball around the size of a small pea then attach to your lower body shape with a small dab of edible glue. Don’t add too much of the glue. Less is more in this case. Too much will mean your pieces are going to slide around and be harder to manage.
To make the tiny pinchers or fangs of the spider roll out your black fondant. Roll this back and forth until you have a tiny ‘rope’ that tapers at one end. You can lift and set these in place on your spider’s head by using the scalpel or knife which will help stop them getting squished. Add a tiny dot of edible glue beforehand.
The legs look like they’d be hard to craft, but they’re pretty easy which is the best part of this fondant spider tutorial. The trickiest part is that they’re super thin and delicate so you need to work carefully and be gentle with them. Take 4 tiny balls of black fondant and roll each out into a long thin ‘rope’. Put aside for a minute or two for them to set a little.
Work one leg at a time. The front two on either side are the shortest ones so trim two strips down a little. Our legs were around 1 inch long. Using your knife or blade lightly press into your fondant legs at two separate even sections. Don’t cut, you just want a slight impression of a line!
Repeat step 05 for the other legs. The only difference is to keep in mind the length of the other legs so you can achieve a more realistic look. For the middle two on either side you shouldn’t need to trim or cut these down. The back legs, however, are slightly shorter.
Arrange the legs for both sides and pinch together so they fan outward. You can easily tweak these once your spider has been set in place on your chosen treat so you can get a nice creeping look.
Add a little edible glue underneath of your spider’s head and where it joins to the body. Then press lightly on top of your arranged legs.
Finally you can give your spiders a bit of subtle style with a bit of black edible lustre paint! We made our own using a small amount of edible black lustre mixed with a few drops of an alcohol solution. You can use vodka, rejuvenator spirit or dipping solution for this. Don’t worry about the alcohol as it quickly evaporates away making it perfectly safe! There’s no need for an edible paint recipe really as it all depends on the consistency you like to work with. A few drops added to a small amount (1/4 of a teaspoon) is approximately what we used!
Now to you can position your fondant spider on top of whatever sweet you like! We nestled our’s on top of blush pink macarons splattered with edible rose gold and arranged the legs a little. This fondant spider tutorial is perfect for Halloween festivities! The first spider can take a little time to make, but once you get the hang of it they get a bit quicker. That said make sure you’ve set aside enough time to make them if you’re adding them to multiple cupcakes, macarons or cookies so you don’t go too crazy! Short on time? How about pair your fondant spiders with quick white chocolate cobwebs or edible splatters?
Halloween always kickstarts the party season for us. It’s too exciting! Today we have a super cute tutorial for anyone hoping to make a last minute treat… a sprinkle stuffed (with sprinkles by Fancy Sprinkles of course) pink trick or treat pumpkin (totally inspired by this snap of goodies on the Benefit Cosmetics US instagram). It’s perfect for cupcakes. We added our’s to a purple star-studded fondant iced cupcake, but they’d look amazing nestled into buttercream too! Check out our Halloween cupcake tutorial below!
Take your pale pink fondant (or modelling paste) and roll into a smooth medium (approximately the size of a gold ball) ball. Make sure there are no cracks, unmixed colour or dry patches in your ball shape.
Form into a pumpkin pail shape by flattening the top slightly. Then use your ball tool to create a well where your sprinkles will sit. Remember that you are going to be adding a face to the front of your little pumpkin so leave a couple of gaps. This is so you can stick on the eyes and mouth!
Take your veining tool and gently scour lines along the sides of your pink pumpkin.
The next step in this Halloween cupcake tutorial? Roll out some black fondant. Then using your blade tool cut out some cool facial features. You can also cut out a smile by using the bottom end of a piping tip before cutting the circle in half and cutting away any teeth shapes. We also used a tiny star plunger cutter for one eye (which inadvertently gave our pumpkin a bit of a glam rock look).
Add a little glitz by dusting your pumpkin’s facial features with some black edible lustre using a fluffy food safe brush!
Attach your pumpkin’s mouth and eyes using a little edible glue and leave to set. Remember to not add too much glue. You’ll only need a tiny dab. Too much glue will create a bit of a mess and may lead to your fondant piece sliding out of place.
Now for some extra fun! Add some edible glue to the top of your pink pumpkin. Then you can add some cool sprinkles! we used the ‘Bombshell’ mix from Fancy Sprinkles which are insanely amazing and colourful. We love the golden accents too!
Now with your small ball tool indent two holes in either side of your pumpkin. This is for your black fondant handle to sit in.
Take a small amount of black fondant or modelling paste and roll into a rope-like shape. Dust with edible black lustre. Modelling paste warms up when it’s worked with so it’s best to leave it for around 10-25 minutes. Then gently attach either end into the indentations made in step 08 with a little edible glue. You can hold it in place lightly while it sets with a little bit of scrunched up kitchen towel.
Yay! Now you’ve got treats a-plenty ready for an amazing Halloween bash! If you’re feeling a little more adventurers how about using these cupcakes as place names? Just pipe or paint each guest’s name on the fondant iced cupcake! You can also core and stuff each cupcake with sprinkles and candy before decorating for an extra surprise!