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Covering Lots of Ground Spider Cake

This kooky creature covers lots of ground?at Halloween parties, birthday celebrations and more. Combine Soccer Ball and Mini Ball Pans to create the body and head; add licorice legs connected with gum drops and this slinky creature comes to life. Watch our online video.
Makes: Cake serves 13.
Skill Level: None

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Step 1

Cut double-thick cake boards to fit body and head cakes. Wrap both boards and craft block with foil.

Step 2

Lightly ice soccer ball body cake smooth with spatula; divide in half, marking center of cake with toothpick.

Step 3

Starting from center, mark seven 1 in. divisions for stripes, leaving any excess width on ends. Cover stripe areas with tip 16 pull-out stars.

Step 4

For head, generously ice mini ball with spatula and attach to body; cover with tip 16 pull-out stars.

Step 5

Position gumball eyes and attach candy-coated chocolate pupils with tip 16 dots of icing.

Step 6

Roll a 3/4 in. ball of neon orange fondant for nose; position. Attach candy corn mouth with icing.

Step 7

Position cake on foil-covered craft block to raise and support spiderĀ“s body.

Step 8

For front and back sets of legs, cut four 2 in. and four 3 1/2 in. licorice sections.

Step 9

For middle sets of legs, cut four 2 1/2 in. and four 3 1/2 in. licorice sections.

Step 10

Tint neon purple fondant black with icing color and roll into eight 3/4 in. balls to be used for joints on legs.

Step 11

For feet, roll eight neon orange fondant pieces into 1 1/2 in. x 1 1/4 in. shapes. Insert joint pieces on ends of short leg sections, then insert long leg sections in joints.

Step 12

Insert feet into end of long leg sections. Insert legs 1 1/4 in. apart in cake.

Note: Combine Lemon Yellow and Leaf Green for green shown.

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Covering Lots of Ground Spider Cake is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I did this cake for a Halloween golf tournament and it was "centerpiece" of the party afterwards. I assembled the spider on top of a full sheet cake which was my wedding cake recipe. I used the buttercream icing to decorate the bottom cake which i mad look like a spider web. I used the chocolate buttercream icing to cover the body of the spider which was a fudge cake baked in one half of a sports ball pan. Then came back with the green and black tinted buttercream icing to add the final touches. I created the head and face out of tinted fondant. The only trouble I had was the legs staying put, but after cutting them a little shorter and pushing them into the body more, the finished product was awesome. Everyone just loved the way it looked and tasted. I would certainly do this cake again.
Date published: 2013-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from did this cake a couple years ago,its a little tricky to do put doable and looks realy good.i found that i had to use wooden scewers in the l legs to keep them from sagiging to much.I also made two cake boards one larger then the other,one the same size of the cake and the other a bit larger put a block between the two so it looks like the spider is realy waking.
Date published: 2011-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made this cake for my nephew's birthday a few years ago. I have very little experience decorating cakes and I found it easy and fun to make. I even got creative and copied the decorating pattern onto cup cakes and made baby spiders. My nephew loved the cake and my family was impressed.
Date published: 2011-05-17
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