How to Make Halloween Spider Doughnuts
Get baking for your Halloween party and impress your guests with some super easy spooky spider doughnuts! If you don’t have time to make the doughnuts yourself, just grab some ready made ring doughnuts and follow the instructions for decorating.
For the Doughnuts
- 225g plain flour
- 2tsp baking powder
- 1tsp salt
- 175g caster sugar
- 175ml milk
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 30g melted butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract »
1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/Gas 3. Coat the cavities of the doughnut pan with Wilton Cake Release using a pastry brush.
2. Take a large bowl, and sift the flour, baking powder and salt into it. Add the sugar and stir to combine.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk the milk, beaten egg, melted butter and extracts together and add this to the dry ingredients, mixing thoroughly.
4. Using a teaspoon, fill each of the doughnut cups around ¾ full with the batter. (Do not overfill otherwise the doughnuts won’t have holes!)
5. Place in the oven and bake for about 8 minutes, or until firm, and springy. Cool slightly. Turn the doughnuts out and cool completely. Repeat to make 12 doughnuts.
6. Make the legs! Melt the Light Cocoa Candy melts in a disposable piping bag in the microwave, then either use a candy mould (I used the Wilton Dessert Accents mould) or hand pipe thick wavy lines, about 2 -3 inches long onto parchment paper for the legs. Remember you need 8 legs for each spider. Chill in the fridge (keep the remaining candy melts in the piping bag for later).
Don’t worry if you are piping – they don’t have to all be identical legs, it all ads to the charm!
7. Melt the Candy Melts (each of 3 colours in a separate bowl) in the microwave until soft and runny (30 second blasts and then stir in between). Add in a tablespoon at a time of vegetable oil until a soft dropping consistency is achieved, this will help with coating the doughnuts.
8. Dip the Doughnuts. Using the angled palette knife, lower the doughnuts one at a time into the melted candy, turn the doughnut over and ensure completely coated, then gently lift out with the palette knife underneath, give a few taps on the side of bowl to remove excess candy, and place for a minute or two on the drip tray.
9. Once the excess has dripped off, sprinkle the top of the doughnut with the coloured sprinkles/sugars. Lift off the drip tray and place on the parchment covered board to dry. Repeat using all three colours of candy until all the doughnuts are used.
10. Attach the legs. Re-melt the remaining Light Cocoa candy in the piping bag, pipe 4 dots of candy on both sides of the first spider and gently attached the legs, holding in place for a couple of seconds until the candy adheres.
11. Pipe two dots on the front of the spider and attached the Candy Eyeballs.
12. Repeat for all the doughnuts.
If you run out of the Light Cocoa Candy, re-melt some of the coloured candy instead.