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How to Make Halloween Spider Doughnuts

Difficulty Intermediate
Budget £10 - £30
Time 1 hr +

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How to make

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 


Preheat the oven to 160°C/Gas 3. Coat the cavities of the doughnut pan with Wilton Cake Release using a pastry brush.


Take a large bowl, and sift the flour, baking powder and salt into it. Add the sugar and stir to combine.


In a separate bowl, whisk the milk, beaten egg, melted butter and extracts together and add this to the dry ingredients, mixing thoroughly.


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!)


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.
Top Tip! Don’t worry if you are piping – they don’t have to all be identical legs, it all ads to the charm!


Make the legs! Melt the milk chocolate 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 chocolate in the piping bag for later).


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.


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.


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.


Attach the legs. Re-melt the remaining milk chocolate n 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.

Top Tip! Don’t worry if you are piping – they don’t have to all be identical legs, it all ads to the charm!


Pipe two dots on the front of the spider and attached the Candy Eyeballs.
Top Tip! If you run out of the Light Cocoa Candy, re-melt some of the coloured candy instead.


Repeat for all the doughnuts.

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