Spooky Spider Cake


This cake is super quick and easy to make! Your guests will think you slaved away hours in the kitchen making this dessert! With a couple of easy tips, you can put this showstopper together at your next Halloween party!

My inspiration for this dessert came from a Halloween party I hosted a few years ago, at which I designed this spider cake then made by a local bakery. This year I could not get the dessert out of my mind, so I tried to recreate it. I love to entertain, and I also love a good party theme. It is always fun for me to create something for my guests that they can make themselves.

To get going, grab the essentials: cake mix (any one is fine; I love vanilla cake and add sprinkles and crushed Oreos as my go-to options), some buttercream, mini marshmallows, and toy spiders.

  • 1 cake box mix (2 cake box mixes if you want more than two layers on the cake) plus the ingredients on the box
  • 2 containers of buttercream or recipe below
  • 1 cup of mini marshmallows
  • Decorative spiders (alternatively, you can create fondant spiders)

If you want a homemade touch, check out the buttercream I use below.

So, let’s get started! Bake the cake mix according to package. Once the cake is baked let it cool for 2 hours plastic-wrapped in the fridge. Pro tip: I like to divide my cake batter into two pans! Increase the cake mixture according to how many layers you are making! If you want to make one big cake and cut the layers that’s fine too!

Next step: Let’s frost this beauty! Frost the top of the first cake layer, add the second layer on top of the first layer and frost the top of the second layer. Repeat the remainder of the layers. Frost the sides of the cake and then frost the top. Place the cake in the fridge for two hours to cool prior to adding the “web” designs.

Last but not least, the best part: Let’s put the final spooky touches on this cake! Melt the marshmallow in the microwave for 20-30 seconds. Using gloves or your hands (be careful it may be too hot to handle!) grab the melted marshmallow with both hands and stretch until you achieve a “web” like texture and place on top. Get creative and place all around it. Immediately place in the fridge to avoid buttercream melting.

Time to serve this spooky spider cake for you and your guest to enjoy! Add toy spiders and you have created an easy masterpiece at home!


Basic American Buttercream

Yields enough frosting for 24 cupcakes or one-three-layer, eight-inch cake.


Butter at room temperature 2 cups (4 sticks)

Powered sugar 8 cups

Heavy cream 3 tbsp

Salt 2 pinches

Vanilla extract (good quality) 1 tbsp


Beat the butter in a stand mixer using the paddle attachment for about two minutes on low heat until the mix starts becoming smooth. Add in vanilla extract and salt during the mixing process.

Add one cup of powdered sugar at a time, beat on medium until incorporated. Repeat three more times. Add in heavy cream and add four more cups of powdered sugar. Beat medium high until the texture is achieved.

Add one cup at a time of powered sugar if the buttercream isn’t thick enough. If it is too thick add additional heavy cream, one teaspoon at a time.

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For another cake recipe, check out our Eggless Molten Cake recipe!