Bake your cake in a bowl then frost and decorate that sucker! It's that easy to make a spider cake. Note: No actual spiders were harmed in the making of this cake.
One cooled dome-shaped baked cakesee, I jumped right to the cake. Just prepare your batter that you know will bake up correctly in your bowl (boxed cake worked for me, red velvet cake didn't.
One batch Chocolate Cream Cheese Frostingbelow
Two sour apple slice candies
Two blackberry gumdrops
One red licorice strong
Two candy corns
Eight strands of black licorice vines
Note on the candy: I raided the bulk foods section at my local grocery store. This place is genius for finding pieces for things like this.
Using a sharp serrated knife, slice the dome shaped cake horizontally into two pieces. Set the larger piece, flat bottom down, on your cake plate, and frost the middle of the cake with about a half inch of icing.
Top with the second piece, flat side down.
Frost the sides and then the top, making sure the entire cake is covered in a thick layer of frosting.
Push the blackberry candies through the sour apple rings from the green side out the white side, in a spiderly eye fashion.
Press the eyes into the frosting. Wasn't that easy? He's starting to look like a cute, albeit dorky, spider! He also looks kind of like a legless octopus. (Ooh, I think someday I'll make an octopus cake.)
Unroll the red licorice and cut off about four inches or so. This is the mouth. Apply to cake!
Press the candy corns into the frosting underneath the red licorice, point down. These are the spider fangs, or whatever those things are on spiders. I sort of like to think of them as buck teeth, too.
Fold the licorice pieces in the middle so they're just a little bent. Stick four into the cake on either side. Legs!
We added a couple licorice antennas over the eyes, too, just to add to the dorky effect.
Sprinkle with chocolate sprinkles - I just kept them on the top, mostly, as I was liking the idea of a hairy-backed spider.
Refrigerate until about an hour before you're ready to serve.