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
- Vanilla icing
- Mixing bowls
- Red food colouring
- Blue food colouring
- Icing bags
- Icing tips
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.
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.
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.
Lay both the cutout and the waxed paper on top of a block of styrofoam.
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.
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.
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.
Ice the entire cake with an icing of your choice. A lighter-coloured icing such as vanilla is a good choice.
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.
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.
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.