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Spiderman Cake Tutorial
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Spiderman Cake Tutorial

by Jaqui
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Any avid 'Marvel' fan will absolutely adore this Spiderman cake, and you can make it in just a few simple steps! You may firstly want to try out our fondant Spiderman tutorial and tarantula tutorial so that they are ready to be placed on top of the cake. And if you really want to get into the spirit of things, get your best apron out of the cupboard, your rolling pin at the ready, and put Spiderman on the telly whilst you're working!

you will need...

  • 8" Sponge Cake
  • 6" Round Sponge Cake
  • 11" Cake Drum
  • Poppy Red Sugarpaste
  • Navy Blue Sugarpaste
  • Culpitt Blue Sugarpaste
  • Wilton Black Decorating Icing
  • Round Piping Tip #3
  • Wilton Coupler/ Adapter
  • Black Sugarpaste
  • Yellow Sugarpaste
  • Cutting Wheel
  • Alphabet & Number Cutters
  • Spiderman Cake Topper
  • Spider Cake Topper

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you will need...

Ready Made Vanilla Sponge Cake - 8
Ready Made Vanilla Sponge Cake - 8" Rd
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£12.10
Ready Made Vanilla Sponge Cake - 6
Ready Made Vanilla Sponge Cake - 6" Rd
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£8.90
11
11" Silver Round Cake Drum / Board
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£2.04
Renshaws Regalice Poppy Red Sugarpaste 250g
Renshaws Regalice Poppy Red Sugarpaste 250g
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£1.59
Renshaws Regalice Navy Blue Sugarpaste 250g
Renshaws Regalice Navy Blue Sugarpaste 250g
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£1.59
Culpitt Blue Sugarpaste 250g
Culpitt Blue Sugarpaste 250g
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£1.17
Wilton Ready To Use Black Decorating Icing
Wilton Ready To Use Black Decorating Icing
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£1.14
Wilton Round Decorating Tube #3
Wilton Round Decorating Tube #3
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£0.82
Wilton Icing Tube Coupler / Adapter
Wilton Icing Tube Coupler / Adapter
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£0.66
Renshaws Regalice Black Sugarpaste 250g
Renshaws Regalice Black Sugarpaste 250g
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£1.59
Renshaws Regalice Yellow Sugarpaste 250g
Renshaws Regalice Yellow Sugarpaste 250g
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£1.59
PME Cutting Wheels
PME Cutting Wheels
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£2.38
PME Alphabet Cutter Set
PME Alphabet Cutter Set
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£6.43

instructions

Before you begin you'll need to bake two cakes; one 6” cake and one 8” cake. You can of course make these bigger if needs be, but take this into consideration when making your toppers, as you don't want these to look lost on the cake! You can of course always purchase a ready-made sponge, and we sell a variety of these in both chocolate, vanilla and fruit flavours. Cover the smaller cake in red sugarpaste, and the larger cake in blue sugarpaste. You'll also need to cover a cake drum, and this can be any colour you like. Typically, we recommend making your cake board roughly 3” bigger than your largest cake.

Making The Web

1. We'll start by making the web for the top tier of your cake, and whilst this is really effective it can also be a little tricky, especially if you're not used to piping! So take your time. Attach the medium round piping tip, along with the standard coupler, to the Wilton black decorating icing tube.

2. With a steady hand, begin to pipe the vertical lines from the top of your cake to the bottom. You may want to have a practice first on a round, empty margarine tub or something similar. You'll need to pipe about 5 lines, roughly 1” apart. You may also find it easier to prop your cake at a slight angle whilst you do this. When piping the lines, ensure that they always start from the same point on the top of your cake.

3. Once you've piped the vertical lines, it's time to pipe the horizontal ones! Again, you'll need a steady hand for this. To create the curved effect, the trick is to begin at your starting point, continue to squeeze the tube as you lift this up and away slightly from the cake, and then bring this back down again to the end point, almost in a triangular pattern. Repeat this between the vertical lines until the web is completely filled in.

4. You'll be glad to know that the hardest part is now over! Sometimes it's good to jump in at the deep end. Now that the web is complete, you can sit the smaller cake on top of the larger one, if you haven't done so already. Sit your sugarpaste Spiderman (see tutorial if you haven't completed this already) on top of your cake where the web starts.

Making The Buildings

5. Now it's time to make the buildings for the bottom tier! Roll out some black sugarpaste to roughly 1mm thick, and cut this into a rectangle. Cut out lots of 'building' shapes using a sharp knife or cutting wheel (or if you want to keep it simple, just lots of thin rectangles) making sure that they are all different in length to make the effect more realistic.

6. Imagine New York City at night-time – what would it look like? Well I bet there'd be lots of bright lights illuminating the city from all of the fantastic sky-scraper buildings. That's the look we're going for, so you're going to need to make some windows for your buildings! Start by rolling out some yellow sugarpaste to again roughly 1mm thick, and cut these into thin strips. Cut the strips into a mixture of long rectangles and perfect squares, and stick these in an assorted pattern on top of the buildings.

7. Arrange the buildings onto the edge of your cake and glue these into position. The buildings should be touching to create a 'skyline' effect.

Finishing Touches

8. The final steps to complete the Spiderman cake is to add the age and name of the recipient (if this is for someone's birthday). Start by kneading some gum tragacanth into some blue sugarpaste, and then roll this out to roughly 1cm thick. Use the number cutters to create the appropriate age.

9. Next, roll out some dark blue sugarpaste (you want to make this relatively thin) and then use a cutting wheel or alternatively a sharp knife to make a long strip. The width of the strip should be the same as the width of your sugarpaste numbers.

10. Dab the edges of your numbers with edible glue, and then carefully wrap the dark blue strip along the edges. You don't have to cover all of the edges, however, just one side – this will make your numbers look more 3D and comic-like.

11. Leave the numbers to dry, preferably overnight. Once dried, the numbers can be placed along the edge of the cake. Here we have placed them so that they slightly overlap the web. You can also add your sugarpaste spider to the cake if you have made one! Secure the spider to the cake using a little royal icing or edible glue.

12. Finally, to create the name for your cake, again roll out some blue sugarpaste to roughly 0.5cm thick. It's your choice here whether you repeat steps 8, 9 and 10 and make your letters 3D, or simply make the letters solely out of blue sugarpaste and stick these to the cake board.

13. Once you've cut out the letters you can arrange these on your cake board however you like. Here, we have laid them flat against the drum and secured them into place using a little edible glue.

That's it! You've finished your two-tier Spiderman cake and now you can finish the rest of the movie feeling pleased with yourself (and relaxing with a hot cup of tea!)

 

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