Thursday, October 27, 2011

LET THEM EAT CAKE: 'Along Came A Spider' Cake

With one of my most favorite 'holidays' just around the corner, our kitchen has become treat central! Even though my baking skills are far from 'Martha Stewart approved', I can't help but get giddy with excitement when my end product is something as delightfully ghoulish as this!
(The recipe uses a name brand cake mix and frosting which makes it a smidge easier for anyone who is pressed for time but I have been just as successful with this confection when I have made it from scratch.)

Along Came A Spider Cake

1 box Betty Crocker Super Moist German Chocolate cake mix, prepared
1/3 cup(s) grade-A dark maple syrup
1/2 cup(s) pumpkin pie filling
1 tub(s) Duncan Hines Classic Vanilla frosting
Black sanding sugar, for decoration

1.Distribute prepared cake mix between two 8-inch pans coated with cooking spray. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes at 350°F, then cool 10 minutes in pans before turning out onto a wire rack.

2.Ice top of one cake layer with vanilla frosting and place second cake layer on top. Ice entire double-layered cake. Chill in fridge for 15 minutes.

3.Print spider template; cut as directed, and center stencil on cake.
(In the past, I have used a purchased spider template but I find that its slippery surface doesn't adhere to the top of the cake like a template printed on regular paper, adding a touch of difficulty to getting a clean line to your spider. Working with sanding sugar is not for the faint of heart!)
Sprinkle black sanding sugar to cover image, keeping rest of cake clean. Press sugar lightly with fingers to make sure it adheres. Brush off excess sugar and carefully remove stencil.


la petite coquine said...

I just love this-the spider is perfectly chic and spooky!

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Spiders scare me silly but I do like the look of that cake.
I must get Martha's latest magazine she has such great ideas.
Thanks for reminding me I need to get in the Halloween spirit!

Collette Osuna said...

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bevy said...

Our class just finished reading Charlotte's Web. Wouldn't I be the best teacher ever if I came to school on Mondaynwith this?!?!?!