The kids get candy. But you—the fabulous passer-outer of treats—deserve something more grown up. Something fancier. Something more delicious. You deserve a spiderweb cake, enrobed in buttercream frosting, slathered in marshmallow cobwebs, and finished with our free downloadable cake toppers. Bake it yourself, or grab a plain cake at a bakery and just do the fun part, and serve it up with a little spiked cider. Happy Halloween to you.
HOW TO MAKE A SPIDERWEB CAKE
Start with a layer cake covered in fondant or smooth buttercream that has been allowed to “crust.” (Yes, we have a how-to for that.) We used gray frosting on a six-inch cake, but a white web on a white cake is gorgeous, and white on black is classic.
SPIDERWEB AND CAKE TOPPER SUPPLIES
Hot glue gun and glue
Scissors or craft knife
8-13 large marshmallows
Get your toppers ready
Cut out the spiders and “Eeekk!!” lettering.
Use tape to stick a skewer to the back fo the “Eeekk!!”
Put a spider face down, and use the glue gun to put a blob of glue in the center. Stand a skewer up in the glue, flat side down, and hold it until the glue cools and sets. Repeat with as many spiders as you want on your cake.
Cover the cake with cobwebs
Put the marshmallows in a bowl and pop in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
Stir until they make a lovely, melty mess. (If you need to, nuke them a little bit more 5-10 seconds at a time. Don’t overdo it!)
Once they’ve cooled enough to touch, pull out a blob and stretch it between your fingers. Pull it apart until it’s stringy, and drape it over the cake.
(If you want to see how it looks before you commit the marshmallow to the cake, you can always try it on parchment first.)
Keep going. You can do thin strands, thick blobs, disciplined wrapping, or tangled weaving. This is your web.
Once you’re satisfied with your creation, add the toppers—leave a little room between the spider and the cake for a 3D effect.
We taped our extra spiders to toothpicks and popped them into some cupcakes.
That’s it! Your creepy, crawly, spiderweb cake is ready for Instagramming (tag @think.make.share, please) and eating.
Photography and styling by Erin M.