I've posted this cake before, but it's so darn CUTE for this time of year, I figured it wouldn't hurt to post it again! This "SCARY" little cake is from my book, Easy Cut-Up Cakes for Kids.
Photo by Zac Williams
Creepy Crawly Spider Cake
1 cake mix, any flavor
8 pieces black licorice
1 large marshmallow
Bake cake in two 8- or 9-inch pans according to package directions. When cool, place one cake layer in the center of a plate or foil-wrapped board. Frost the top with black or purple frosting, and then place second layer on top. Frost entire cake with a thin layer of black or purple frosting.
Using a decorator's bag with a star tip, make black spider hair by slightly squeezing the bag to create each piece of hair. Squeeze pieces of hair close together all over the entire spider body, but don't worry about making them touch, as the spaces will be filled in.
Using another decorator's bag with the same star tip, fill in any open spaces with the purple frosting to give the spider some "highlights."
On each side of the spider, use a round frosting tip to create four rounded mounds of purple frosting. These will be the spider's feet. Gently press 4 pieces of black licorice into each side of the cake and place the loose ends in the frosting mounds to make his legs.
Finally, cut the marshmallow in half and place as the spiders eyes. You may need to use toothpicks to secure. Use a dot of black frosting to make the pupils.
TIP: If you don't like purple, try green or orange for you second color of frosting. Either way, just make sure you use a good homemade buttercream frosting recipe. Also, I've found that the only way for me to get a good black frosting is to use Wilton frosting coloring. It's totally awesome! You could make a gray spider instead though. :)