Sunday, September 25, 2011

Spider Cake

Maybe I have a screw loose, but I happen to like spiders.  It's not that I want one crawling on me or anything, but they fascinate me.  And a spider web caught in the sunlight?  Amazing.  I think of spiders as the "elegant" scary crawling thing that bites.  

For this ode to the arachnid cake, I started with some left over chocolate cupcake batter that I baked in two 6 inch pans.  But it is the icing that makes this dessert sing - a cooked caramel frosting. 


Caramel icing

3 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup butter
pinch of salt
3/4 cup light cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Stir first 4 ingredients together in heavy sauce pan.  Stir over low heat till mixture reaches 238 degrees on a candy thermometer.  Pour into a mixer and beat till mixture begins to cool.  Note - you really have to scrape down the sides often and well.  Add powdered sugar and vanilla and beat till completely cooled and smooth.  This stuff is eyes rolled up in your head good!  For my little cake, I cut the recipe in half. 

For a little extra fun, I added a layer of semi sweet chocolate chips to the filling.  Mmmmmm.

For the decorating, I just used black icing and started in the middle with some doodling.  Making circular patterns is the most relaxing thing in the world next to getting a massage.  Well, it is for me anyway.  I didn't go into a "spider web" pattern till I got to the outer area of the cake.

And the pattern continues down the sides of the cake.  I threw in a few plastic bats for good measure.

Love the picture above featuring the first colorful leaves I have seen and a coppertina ninebark in the background.  I added the gold dragees on top because I thought they gave an unexpected touch. 

Spiders and bats keep the insect population down in a big way - had to throw that in for you spider haters out there (I'm talking to you Isabelle).  This concludes my public service message on behalf of the sometimes creepy but always elegant spider.  And come on, who didn't LOVE Charlotte?

Charlotte and her cake are weaving their way to
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  1. You DO have an enchanted oven AND kitchen. Since I have discovered your blog, I love to come here and see what's up. This is SOME CAKE -- said Charolotte. I agree with your about the spiderweb decorating -- or concentric circles dragged it is fun and relaxing! Great job! Joni

  2. That is a gorgeous cake...and I don't really like cake that much but I would love some of this one! Beautiful!!!

  3. Oooooh too cool! You should make some smaller ones and sell them....let me know if you do!

  4. Wow.never saw something interesting as this.When I only looked at the picture on my blog list I thought it is some art object;) Greta job:)

  5. That turned out great, especially the web on the sides of the cake! The icing does sounds good, I've never tried a cooked one and I'd like to:@)

  6. Love! I would be thrilled if you would join my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party!

  7. WOW nice cake! I hate spiders....but LOVE this cake. The web is neat - looks like a ton of work, well executed as always.

  8. Hi Lisa, Thanks for your nice comments and visiting my blog, love this cake, the spider web is so cool, you can shop my web store at, Celeste, The Victorian Tailor

  9. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. That cake is amazing! Just amazing! I love it and am in awe of the artistry of it!

  10. Hi Lisa! I don't see any way to e-mail you, so I'll let you know here the photo effects are from either or Have fun:@)

  11. Fantastic job on the decorating. The icing sounds delish! Would love to try a slice!

  12. Absolutely gorgeous! I love to time things - a little leftover from watching the Original Cheaper by the Dozen I am sure. So of course I wonder how long it took this little spider to spin the black web on the cake. It is fabulous and I love the doodling in the center. I would also like a slice (or two - I can be really wicked when it comes to sweets!)

  13. This is gorgeous! I love the spider web. And caramel icing? To die for! I'd love for you to link up to Crazy Sweet Tuesdays sometime!

  14. That is an incredible looking cake. Clearly, it must come from an enchanted oven!

  15. That is definitely a Wow! It jumped out at me in the links. Great job.

  16. This cake is adorable and yes, spiders are fascinating. I think their webs are just intricate works of art.

  17. I love your recipe! Would you come over to CAST PARTY WEDNESDAY tomorrow and share it with us?
    I hope to see you there!

  18. Beautiful Cake! Thanks for sharing,Joann

  19. AWESOME! Your web on the cake looks great! Love it!

  20. Wow, what a cake. You did a great job. Come over and visit us. We have a terrific apple stuffed pork chop recipe to share.

  21. I actually like spiders too! So it's a no-brainer that I'm in love with this cake. You did a wonderful job!

  22. This is awesome!


  23. That cake looks too good to eat! Great job!

  24. Your cake is truly a work of art! I am amazed at your skills!

  25. Your cake looks wonderful! I am sure it tasted amazing too. You are very talented!

    Best wishes,

  26. Never thought I'd say beautiful and spider in the same sentence, but you pulled it off! Great job! This is fabulous!

  27. I could hardly wait to see who had brought this very special Spider Cake. This cake is a work of art and I am in awe of your talent. Your talent is a very special gift to all of us. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week end!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  28. Amazing! Thank you for sharing the process. Cherry Kay

  29. What a gorgeous cake! I love your enchanted oven! I like spiders at Halloween. I just took a picture of a spiderweb with dew all over it too. The detail they spin is amazing, just like your cake! Thank you for linking it up at Home Sweet Home!

  30. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your recipe is being featured today on Feature Friday At Lady Behind The Curtain! Please come over a grab a "feature friday" button. ---Sheryl---