How to Make Your Own Spider-Man Cake

Written by jennifer elrod
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Spider-Man is a popular hero among kids. He climbs walls and buildings, swings through the streets suspended from the webs shooting from his wrists, defeats villains, and saves the innocent. If there is a celebration approaching where a Spider-Man cake would be appropriate, you can easily make your own. You don't have to be an artist to make a perfect cake. This article describes a method called pouncing, which allows you to transfer an image to a cake.

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Things you need

  • Cutout of Spider-Man
  • Waxed paper
  • Styrofoam block
  • Large needle
  • Baked cake
  • Knife
  • Spatula
  • Vanilla icing
  • Mixing bowls
  • Red food colouring
  • Blue food colouring
  • Icing bags
  • Icing tips

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    Find a picture of Spider-Man that is clear and complete in detail. You may find this in a colouring book or on a free online printout site.

  2. 2

    Print out and then cut out the Spider-Man character. Place the Spider-Man character in the cake pan you plan to use. This will show you how big the character is going to be on the cake.

  3. 3

    Place the cutout on top of a piece of waxed paper. Make sure the waxed paper is big enough for the entire character to fit onto completely.

  4. 4

    Lay both the cutout and the waxed paper on top of a block of styrofoam.

  5. 5

    Poke holes in the picture along the black lines with a large needle. This creates a connect-the-dots look on the waxed paper. Place as many holes as you can, since this will make the transfer of the picture to the cake easier.

  6. 6

    Bake the cake and allow it to cool completely. Any flavour of cake is fine, but red velvet cake adds another Spider-Man dynamic once you have cut into the cake. Spider-Man wears red and blue.

  7. 7

    Flatten the top of the cake by gently scraping the top off with a knife. This will level the cake and allow the design to transfer better.

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    Ice the entire cake with an icing of your choice. A lighter-coloured icing such as vanilla is a good choice.

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    Place the waxed paper on top of the cake. Dust a little bit of cocoa powder over the holes of the waxed paper. Carefully lift the waxed paper off. You should see the Spider-Man character in a connect-the-dots form.

  10. 10

    Add some vanilla icing to two mixing bowls. Add a few drops of red food colouring in one bowl and a few drops of blue food colouring in the other bowl. Mix well until you have created red and blue icing.

  11. 11

    Fill in Spider-Man with the red and blue icing. Use chocolate icing to create details of his spiderwebs on his costume. Use plain vanilla to fill in his eyes.

Tips and warnings

  • Use icing bags and tips to help apply the icing to the Spider-Man character.
  • Avoid spilling cocoa on your cake by covering up the exposed parts of your cake with a light towel.

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