Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Checkerboard Spider Cake

I was all set to make a checkerboard candy corn cake in white, yellow and orange (of course!), but changed direction at the last minute.

I wanted to make a cute spider.  Mind you, I do not like spiders, so all the more reason to personify one by giving it a sweet face and friendly smile:)  The day I made this cake there was an article in the newspaper that mentioned tarantulas...how timely is that? The article stated that tarantulas are harmless and in the warm days of autumn head from the hills seeking mates. I also researched a bit online and found out that the life span of a tarantula is 25-40 years! Who knew?!?
Though far from being technically correct, this spider does remind me of a tarantula, maybe because he's big. I should have given him hairy legs too!

I opted for a green and purple checkerboard, though wish I had added more gel coloring so that the colors had turned out deeper shades of purple and green.  Still, I like it.

Mmmm, I wish I had noticed that I hadn't wiped up the cake stand.

Try to ignore the mess please, and just notice the checkerboard pattern and the colors:)
This is the cake pan kit that I used to achieve the checkerboard pattern. It comes with three 8-inch pans, an insert-a piece broke off (which is placed in each pan before the batter is poured in and then removed before baking), and directions.  The two cake layers that are the same were the top and bottom layer, and the other was in the middle.
The cakes were made from two boxes of white cake mix (don't judge, haha), color added, but the buttercream was homemade. It was a thick buttercream that was made using half butter and half shortening (again, don't judge:)). The shortening helped the frosting hold its shape, and kept the "hairy" spider, hairy.To ensure that the spider stayed round when I piped him on, I used a 4-inch, round cutter to make an impression on the top of the cake which was very helpful! I piped over the circle with an icing bag of black frosting and a #3 tip. 

I piped the body of the spider with a #233 grass tip.  The legs, smile and pupils were piped on with a #3 tip and the whites of the eyes with a #10 tip. The multi-colored border dots were also piped with a #3 tip. The bottom border of the cake was decorated with jumbo confetti sprinkles.
Notice that I wiped up the cake pan:)

After I took the initial photos I decided I wanted a female spider, so piped on a little bow with a flower sprinkle.  Even though part of her face is missing, isn't she cute?

This spider is very easy to make and would add some non-spooky sweetness to any Halloween cake.

You may want to purchase your own checkerboard pan set and have some fun! I used it to make a candy corn cheesecake last year.  Without the pan, different colored (or swirled) cake layers could be baked.

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40 comments:

  1. I have that cake pan and have never thought to do anything but chocolate/vanilla--this is absolutely adorable and so creative!

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  2. Super nice checkerboard and super cute spider! Side note, I love that your cake stand has crumblies on it. I never have any clue how the fancy folks get their cake slices so sharp and their cake stands so clean. Your cake is approachable to me which makes me like it even more! ;)

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  3. This is a truly adorable cake! I'm always tempted by checkerboard pans when I see them in stores, perhaps I need to pick one up

    Mal @ The Chic Geek

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  4. Adorable! And I love that you turned him into a her lol Cute bow :)

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  5. Oh, so cute and adorable! Perfect :)

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  6. Soo cute! I'm partial to spiders since my husband and I decorate with spiders for Halloween. :)

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  7. That's the cutest spider I've ever seen. Such a fun cake.

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  8. Love it - and I have this pan too! It's so cute that I bet it was hard to make that first cut!!

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  9. So adorable
    I love the color scheme. I've never made checkerboard cake. Looks fun!

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  10. You are such a Halloween genius my friend :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  11. I've always wondered if I should get one of those tins. They look like a fun idea! :D

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  12. I did not even know that they made checkerboard cake pans!! Always wondered how people made the cakes! Love this big, fat and cute spider and the fact that you decided to give it a bow.

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  13. Fun idea!!! I love the piped spider on top!

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  14. Wow, that is a super cool pan. I love what you did with it. How much fun to cut into a cake and see that?? Your spider is cute, I like it even better with the cute bow!!

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  15. I do love it! What a fun cake--you are one talented lady.

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  16. Very super duper cute. You are very talented!! And yes, the bow makes it. :-)

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  17. What pretty cakes! I actually didn't know that they made checkerboard pans. It's such a good idea, and your spider is perfectly adorable. I'll bet its life span is much shorter than the average tarantula's!

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  18. definitely a "cute" spider! love the checkerboard, so neat when you slice into a cake with a surprise :)

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  19. Your spider was cute as a boy, but is absolutely precious as a girl. I'd love it if you'd stop by Hungry Happenings and add a picture of your cake to my first ever link party, you might just win $70 in food decorating supplies just for adding your pictures. http://www.hungryhappenings.com/2012/10/share-your-fun-halloween-edible-crafts.html

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  20. So completely and totally adorable! Now this is a spider I like : )

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  21. SO CUTE! This would be a fun addition to our birthday costume party!
    http://joeyandchasedesigns.blogspot.com/

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  22. That is one adorable spider and a super cute cake!

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  23. Very cute! What a fun cake, I'm sure everyone loved it:@)

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  24. 25 - 40 years oh my goodness you are going to give me nightmares. Although the spider on your cake is so adorably cute it could not possibly give anyone nightmares, just sweet dreams. The cake colors are great.

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  25. Great job Sue!! This is fantastic!

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  26. Your posts get more amazing every time I visit. So talented.

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  27. I have been thinking of buying this checkerboard cake pan for a long time... Seeing your super-cute spider cake, I think I have to stop my thinking and just go ahead to buy this cake pan now :D

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  28. What a cute cake! My favorite part is her bow. :0)

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  29. So cute Sue. I am not a spider fan either - maybe because they bite! I like a darling face on mine too. With all of the specialty pans I have, I can't believe I haven't bought one of these. The colors are so cute. What a darling cake design for a child's party.

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  30. So fun! Love that you made it a girl spider.

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  31. Not technically perfect, my foot! You did a beautiful job so please, take the credit that is due you!

    I especially love the pink bow! :)

    xo

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  32. I've never tried to make a chequerboard cake but yours has inspired me, it looks amazing! Love the Halloween spider too :-)

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  33. Oh, this is so so stinkin' cute. I love the spiders!

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  34. I just love the cake! I have never seen anything like it. And I definitely love the spider design.
    used cisco

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  35. You have given me the confidence to make a checker board cake! I love the spider and how you used a cutter as a template for the cute little spider! AWESOME!!!

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