Actually, who am I kidding? Real or not, I’m afraid yet I slapped this huge spider on top of the cake. Hoping you understand my contradiction, I’ll try to explain. It’s like when you’re a kid and you tell your parents you don’t like onions but you continue to eat the cheesesteak stuffed with sautéed onions. Or when you say you don’t like peas yet you’re okay with sipping a bowlful of split pea soup. I was a complicated child so I have many of those instances. Trust me, I know what you’re thinking!
This case was no different. I must admit, regardless of any spider’s size, I always freeze in fear when I encounter one and have my eyes on it like a hawk so I don’t lose its direction. I then suddenly freak out in my head and hope someone nearby can get rid of it. Sometimes [tear], I have to put my big-girl panties on and do it myself. SO. NOT. FUN.
Even with toy spiders, I try to keep my cool and just deal with it. Thank goodness for tongs! Ha! Yep, I’m that person; using tongs to grab fake spiders. There needs to be some level of distance from my hand to that thing. I’m telling you, this is serious! I did the same for my Spooky Spider Cake which was much harder since there were more spiders to deal with and the solid black ones (in my opinion) looked more real, but I managed. Yay!
Anyhow, I’m sure you’ve been surfing the net, sifting through anything and everything you can think of to create something new to WOW your friends and/or family. I gotta say, web cakes are it this year! And I’m not kidding when I say, it’s extremely EASY & FAST! It doesn’t matter if you’ve never baked a cake in your life, or you’re a well renowned chef. Anyone can do this, including kids. And why? Because it’s so much fun! :)
This unique embellishment requires just 1 ingredient, a microwave and about 10 minutes of your time. You want it colored other than white? Okay fine, 2 ingredients. I’m telling you, that’s all you need.
You’re probably wondering what is this web-like substance? It’s marshmallows. Good ol’ fashioned marshmallows! Surprised?
I think you’ll be more surprised by how yours turns out and I can’t wait to see it! Don’t forget to snap a pic and post it on Twitter or Instagram with #urbanbakes. I love seeing your creations!
But maybe you stumbled upon this by accident or you’re looking for something simpler minus the spiders of course- I understand, I know you’re scared, then see these Halloween Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes. Nothing too special other than it being vegan but the colors are pretty cool. And if you’re looking for even more inspiration, don’t forget to check out this awesome Halloween tablescape!
- 5 oz. (1/2 bag) marshmallows
- Gel food coloring (optional)
- In a medium bowl, microwave marshmallows on HIGH setting for 30 seconds, stir. Continue to microwave for additional 15 seconds at a time stirring after each interval until all marshmallows have melted. Note: should take no more than 1 minute of microwave time.
- Apply gel food coloring of choice and stir until no white streak are present. Allow melted marshmallows to cool to room temp before handling with skin.
- Once cooled, use the dominant fingertips of each hand to pinch a small amount and stretch the melted marshmallows across the frosted cake. Note: this process is very sticky and may be messy. Repeat until you are satisfied with the cake’s appearance.
Depending on the cake, frosting and heat conditions, the marshmallow "web" can stay out in room temperature unaltered for up to 4 days. After 4 days, the marshmallow may slightly wilt.
Have you made any of my recipes? I would love to see them. Snap a pic and use the #urbanbakes on your public Instagram and Twitter.