It is October which means kids are choosing costumes, parents are planning how to ration the candy haul and sweet treats are being created for Halloween fun! October also hosts National Cake Decorating day on October 15! Since I love to try new things, I thought I would see if I could create a fun cake to not only celebrate Halloween but to see if I could actually decorate a cake too! So, I searched online and found a model to go off of! I think my Easy Spider Web Cake came out pretty well, to be honest!
Start with the inside of the cake first to make it festive! I love adding food coloring to white cake to fit my theme! So, with this cake, I made one layer orange and one purple! Just make the mix according to the recipe or box, split it in two bowls, add the food coloring and bake! So easy and fun.
When the cake comes out of the oven and cools, you will need a flat surface to make it really clean looking. I discovered a while back that using a serrated cake knife to cut off the top of the cake that raises in the pan makes for a flat decorating space. Just cut the top to flat and then flip the cake upside down so the bottom of the cake is on top to ice. This makes for a great surface for any decoration!
When you ice the cake, start with the sides first. But before you do, swipe or gently blow on the top to get any crumbs off. Now, this may not be totally sanitary if you are sharing the cake, so use a paper towel to sort of brush the crumbs off.
When the sides of the cake are iced, lavishly apply icing to the top. The use your flat knife to even it out so it is flat with few indentions.
Now it is time to decorate! You can make your own ganache, use cookie icing or writing icing to make this spider web design. With the icing and a small piping tip, slowly draw a continuous line in a spiral pattern on top of the cake. This is the base for your spider web.
Using a toothpick or sharp skewer, draw lines across the cake making the ‘web. Then using your icing, fill them in to make the web.
Now onto the super simple spiders! These took me a few times to get right and I recommend trying them on a piece of parchment paper until you get the ones you like.
Using black writing icing, I built up a body for the spider. Then, using the same icing, I drew the bent legs on. I only had room for 2 on each side but if you draw a bigger spider, you get all 8 legs in!
Stand back and admire your work! This super simple deign can be done by anyone and is a great way to dress up cakes, cupcakes and even cookies!
Oh, and when you cut in and get the orange and purple layers, the applause for your hard work gets even louder!