Itsy-bitsy spiderweb cake how-to with free topper downloads

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.

Spiderweb cake

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.

Layer cake frosted in gray buttercream

Free spider and "Eeekk!!" cake topper printables with supplies

SPIDERWEB AND CAKE TOPPER SUPPLIES

Assembling spider cake toppers with scissors, glue gun and wooden skewers

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.

Bowl of marshmallows with spoon and towel

Stirring heated marshmallows until they melt together

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!)

Stretching melted marshmallows with fingers

Stretching melted marshmallows and applying to cake to make "spiderweb"

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.)

Stretching melted marshmallows and applying to cake to make "spiderweb"

Stretching melted marshmallows and applying to cake to make "spiderweb"

Stretching melted marshmallows and applying to cake to make "spiderweb"

Keep going. You can do thin strands, thick blobs, disciplined wrapping, or tangled weaving. This is your web.

Layer cake covered in marshmallow spiderweb

Adding spider toppers to cake

Adding Eeekk!! topper to spiderweb cake

Once you’re satisfied with your creation, add the toppers—leave a little room between the spider and the cake for a 3D effect.

Finished spiderweb cake

Spiderweb cake and orange-frosted cupcakes with spider toppers

Spiderweb cake and spider-topped cupcakes

We taped our extra spiders to toothpicks and popped them into some cupcakes.

Treats on a table set for a Halloween party

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.

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