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Spiderweb Cake

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1 cooled cake
2 to 4 cups white frosting
1 tube black decorator gel

Spiderweb Cake

This cute Spiderweb Cake is easy to make and perfect for Halloween.

  • Serves 12
  • Easy

About This Recipe

Spiderweb Cake isn’t a cake made of spiderwebs. It’s simply a decoration you can add to any cake, whether it’s a sheet cake, a layer cake, or even cupcakes. All you need is some white frosting, some decorator gel, and a toothpick. Plus a plastic spider if you like.

The beauty of this cake lies in its simplicity. You don’t have to pipe round circles like I did; you can pipe a web in the corner of the cake. It’s so easy to make, and because it’s Halloween, you don’t need to be perfect. In fact, an imperfect web is better!

I like to use a chocolate cake for this recipe because of the contrast between the dark and moist cake and the stark white frosting. But you can use any flavor you like, from a white cake to a yellow cake to a marbled cake to carrot cake.

Once the cake is made, cool it completely, then fill lit if you make a layer cake. Frost it with white frosting. You can make your own (I like this recipe for a cooked frosting), or use two or more cans of prepared white frosting. For the black frosting, buy a black decorator gel. It’s too difficult to make a pure black frosting unless you use a ton of food coloring, which can make the frosting taste strange.

Then once your cake is made and decorated, presentation is everything! I like to use a Halloween plate with orange and black colors to present the cake, but you can use a white pedestal or a black one. Or choose one that goes with your decor.

Enjoy this simple Spiderweb Cake and have a wonderful Halloween!

Tips for making the best Spiderweb Cake

  • Make sure the cake is completely cooled before you start to frost and decorate it.
  • I find that using a plastic spider is best, but you can try to fashion a spider out of the black decorator gel. Wash the spider with soap and water before you place it on the cake.

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Frost the cake with the frosting. Then use the decorator gel to make circles on the cake. Use a toothpick or the point of a knife and draw it through the rings, from the center of the cake to the outside, alternating directions. Add the spider and enjoy!


Linda is a bestselling cookbook author and home economist who has written 54 books (53 cookbooks and Medical Ethics for Dummies) since 2005. She has worked for Pillsbury since 1988, on the Bake-Off and other projects. Linda has been a web presence since 2002, developing recipes and teaching people how to cook.

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