Get ready to wow the crowd with this appetizing arachnid. By using different frosting techniques and traditional Halloween candy, you too can create this fun creepy crawler!
— Gina Feger, Louisville, Kentucky
- CHOCOLATE CAKE:
- 1 package 18-¼ ounces chocolate cake mix
- 1-½ cups water
- 2 eggs
- WHITE CAKE:
- 1 package 18-¼ ounces white cake mix
- 1-1/3 cups water
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups shortening
- ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons water divided
- 2 teaspoons clear vanilla extract
- 2 pounds confectioners' sugar
- 2 tablespoons meringue powder
- Purple and black paste food coloring
- ¾ cup baking cocoa
- ¼ teaspoon light corn syrup
- 2 wooden dowels 2 inches x ¼ inch
- 1 cardboard cake circle 6 inches
- 16 wooden toothpicks
- 8 black twist licorice ropes
- 20 pieces candy corn
In a large bowl, beat the chocolate cake mix, water and eggs on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour into the two halves of a greased and floured sports ball baking pan. Bake at 350° for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
Meanwhile, in another bowl, beat the white cake mix, water and eggs on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Cool all cakes for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
For frosting, using a heavy-duty stand mixer, combine the shortening, ¼ cup water and vanilla. Combine confectioners' sugar and meringue powder; beat into shortening mixture.
For base cake: Tint 2-¼ cups frosting purple. Using a serrated knife, level tops of white cakes if necessary. Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with 1 cup frosting. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread remaining tinted frosting over top and sides of cake.
Combine 3 cups frosting, cocoa and remaining water until smooth; tint black. Combine ¼ cup black frosting and corn syrup. Using round tip #2 and black frosting with corn syrup, pipe webs and spiders around sides of cake.
With ¾ cup white frosting and shell tip #18, pipe border along bottom edge of cake. Insert dowels into center of cake. Cut cardboard circle to measure 3-¼ in.; place over cake.
For spider cake: Using a serrated knife, level the rounded side of one chocolate cake; attach to cake circle with a small amount of black frosting. Spread top with 1/3 cup black frosting; top with remaining chocolate cake.
Using grass tip #233 and black frosting, pipe hair over cake. With white frosting and round tip # 12, pipe eyes and teeth. Pipe pupils with round tip #2 and black frosting. For legs, insert a toothpick into the ends of each licorice rope. Insert one end into side of spider; insert other end into top of purple cake. Garnish with candy corn.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1188Total Fat: 60gSaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 33gCholesterol: 129mgSodium: 274mgCarbohydrates: 159gFiber: 2gSugar: 136gProtein: 7g