This impressive-looking cake doesn't take much to master—all you'll need is a store-bought cake, a tub of white frosting, and a few drops of black food coloring. No pastry bag? No problem! Simply scoop the frosting into a plastic bag, then snip a small hole in the corner of the bag. The intricate design is merely a series of connected lines, which we've explained in detail below. We guarantee the cake will be all the talk at your Halloween party, even when displayed amongst other spooky snacks. After all, dessert always steals the show.


Credit: Philip Friedman; Styling: Colleen Riley

Recipe Summary

5 mins
5 mins
Serves 8


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.