Today I’m going to show you how to make a cake filled with creepy chocolate spiders! As someone who hates spiders, I can hardly look at this cake, haha! But the design is SO simple and perfect for Halloween parties.
First you’ll need to grab a cake and frost it. I frosted a six inch cake with vanilla buttercream frosting and went a bit rustic with the texturing. “Rustic” is code for I don’t feel like smoothing the frosting today. ;0)
To do this, I just spun my cake on the turntable as I pressed my small tapered spatula to the surface of the icing. Takes about 1 minute. Easy peasy!
I used our Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting for this cake, but any frosting will work with this technique.
Next, I melted some black Wilton Candy Melts and spooned them into a piping bag fitted with a small round tip. (I used a Wilton tip 2).
I proceeded to pipe lots and lots of spiders onto a waxed paper lined cookie sheet.
Spiders galore! Vary your sizes and styles for more fun…and make extra. With thin legs, there’s always a chance of breakage.
Once the spiders are ready, pop them in the freezer or fridge. I chilled mine in the freezer for approximately 8-10 minutes. Chilly chocolate spiders are much stronger for placement than room temperature ones!
I loved this part! If your spiders begin to soften on the cookie sheet while you work, just refreeze for a few minutes. Maybe our kitchen counters were unusually warm from the lights, but I had to chill the tray a couple of times to keep the spiders nice and firm.
Some of my spiders became black widows with a little dot of red buttercream (tinted with Americolor Super Red & piped with a Wilton 2 tip.) — I took some artistic license here… some of my spiders are of the very rare black widow daddy long legs variety ;0)
You can see that I added a little mound of buttercream on the top edge of my cake, so that I could press the top spider into it. It almost looks like he is floating ;0)
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We also have another spider cake tutorial to share! Check out this free spider cake video tutorial for a cute spider cake design: Chocolate Spider Cake Video