How to Make a Spiderweb in Icing

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How to Make a Spiderweb in Icing
Spider web designs are intricate geometric creations. (Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Turn a plain cookie, cake or cupcake into a ghoulish treat with a spider's web design. Your guests will think you spent hours in your kitchen painstakingly hand-painting each iced dessert, while you will be all the wiser. While the spider web on icing often uses a black and white colour scheme, add neon green or pumpkin orange to your spider web for a Halloween treat. Instead of adding a gummy spider, try your piping skills at an iced version of the creepy crawler.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 sandwich bags
  • Food colouring gel in purple, silver and black
  • Frosted dessert
  • Scissors
  • Toothpick
  • Gummy spider
  • Lustre dust in silver

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Add 1 cup of confectioners' sugar and 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract in a small bowl. Stir in 2 tbsp of water to form a thin glaze; add an additional tbsp of water if necessary.

  2. 2

    Divide the vanilla glaze into three sandwich bags. Add purple food colouring gel to one bag of glaze and massage the bag until you have mixed the colour thoroughly. Add silver food colouring gel to one of the other bags, and add black food colouring gel to the remaining bag. Massage these bags until the glaze is coloured appropriately.

  3. 3

    Get a frosted dessert, such as a cookie, cake or cupcake, that you want to add the spider web to the top.

  4. 4

    Snip the corner of the bag of black glaze. Begin in the centre of the top of the dessert. Squeeze the glaze out gently as you form a spiral shape with the glaze; leave a space between each line of the spiral for the other two colours of glaze.

  5. 5

    Take the purple bag of glaze and snip the corner off the bag. Start in the centre and squirt a second spiral that runs in between the lines of the black spiral.

  6. 6

    Cut the corner off of the silver glaze bag and repeat the spiral technique, laying a silver spiral in between the purple and black lines.

  7. 7

    Drag a toothpick from the centre out in a straight line going through all of the three spirals and out slightly past the outermost ring. Continue creating lines all the way around the spiral, spacing the lines a lot or a little depending on the fullness you want for the spider web.

  8. 8

    Place a gummy spider gently on the spider web. Sprinkle silver lustre dust over the finished spider and web.

Tips and warnings

  • Store your spider web iced desserts in the refrigerator until you are ready to enjoy them to prevent the glaze from melting and ruining the design.

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