Scary Spider Cake

Prep Time: 1 Hour
Yields: 20 Servings

This creepy spider won’t bite you, but you’ll love biting it! This fun and tasty cake is a great project for the kids at Halloween.


  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsps butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 can vanilla frosting
  • 2 cans dark fudge icing
  • Red food coloring
  • 8 black licorice twists or black pipe cleaners
  • 2 large red jellybeans or gum drops
  • 8 small green jellybeans or gum drops

Preheat oven to 350°. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa and salt. Set aside. In mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition. Stir in vanilla. Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk and beat well. Grease and flour a 1-quart and a 2.5-quart Pyrex mixing bowl. Pour 1¼ cup of the batter to the small bowl and the remaining batter to the larger bowl. Bake both cakes for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the small cake comes out clean. Remove the small cake and continue to bake the larger cake for 20 minutes, or until done. Allow both cakes to cool completely then place onto a serving platter or cake board. Cut the larger cake in half horizontally. Tint the vanilla frosting with red food coloring to create a blood red color. Scoop out a small section of the inside of the cake on the bottom half. Fill the section with red icing and top with the other half. Ice the outside of both cakes with the fudge icing and place the small cake touching the larger cake to create the head of the spider. Place large jellybeans on the small cake and surround them with small jellybeans to create the spider’s eyes. Add the 8 licorice twists or pipe cleaners, 4 on each side of the body, for the legs.

Note: You can also use 1 box of dark fudge chocolate cake mix instead of making the cake from scratch. Follow the same directions above for preparing the pans and baking and decorating the cake.

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