Itsy bitsy spider bites

Serves 24


  • 100 g flour
  • 200 g sugar
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 0.5 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp instant coffee cowder
  • 1 egg
  • 120 ml buttermilk
  • 60 ml vegetable oil
  • 0.5 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 basic buttercream icing recipe
  • Black icing pen
  • Plastic spiders
  1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C/160˚C fan/gas mark 6 and line two 12-cup mini muffin tins with paper liners. Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and coffee powder into a mixing bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the egg, buttermilk, oil and vanilla extract. Gradually beat into the flour mixture until combined.
  3. Fill the muffin cups and bake for 12-15 minutes until a skewer inserted into the centre of one cake comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tins for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Prepare the basic buttercream icing, then use it to decorate each cupcake, spreading with a warm knife to make a smooth surface.
  5. Use the black icing pen to make a few concentric circles on top. Drag a cocktail stick from the centre to the edge of each cupcake a few times to connect the circles and make a web pattern. Decorate with a plastic spider.

Per Serving 221kcals, 7.8g fat (1.9g saturated), 35.7g carbs, 27.9g sugars, 1.9g protein, 0.6g fibre, 0.13g sodium