Simple Spiderweb Cake

This simple spiderweb cake will be the talk at your next Halloween party, even when displayed amongst other spooky snacks. All you need is a store-bought cake, a tub of white frosting, and a few drops of black food coloring.

Simple Spiderweb Cake
Start with any flavor of cake as your base and top with vanilla frosting to create a canvas. Then, make black frosting by combining black food coloring and vanilla frosting in a piping bag. With a steady hand, follow the step-by-step directions to draw a large spider web. Finish your spooky design with three spiders. Get the recipe: Simple Spiderweb Cake. Photo: Philip Friedman; Styling: Colleen Riley
Hands On Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
8 serves


  • ¼ cup white frosting

  • 1 teaspoon black food coloring

  • 1 store-bought vanilla-frosted 8-inch double-layer cake


  1. Combine the frosting and food coloring in a small bowl. Transfer the mixture to a pastry bag or plastic bag (snip a small hole in the corner of the bag).

  2. Starting from the center of the cake draw nine lines with the frosting clockwise around the top to the edge. Connect the end of each line to the line next to it with an arched line. Move 1 inch towards the center and draw another series of arcs between the lines. Repeat two more times.

  3. Pipe a small dot of icing for the head of the spider and a larger dot touching it for the body. Pipe four legs on each side of the body. Repeat as desired.

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