DIY : Marshmallow Cobweb Cake

2013 UPDATE: Tremendously honored to work with Country Living Magazine on their October issue. Turns out, they enjoyed playing with melted marshmallow too! Honored that my sticky cobweb concept made the cover!

We’ve come to the end of our new cake series, EEEK It’s Halloween Week!  A week full of innovative Halloween cakes, like none we had seen before.  A huge thank you to the the five bakeries who participated in this special week of Halloween inspiration!  Each is immensely talented and created such incredible designs.  I am thrilled to have featured them all!  If you missed any of them, you can find them all HERE.

So now that we’re officially in the Halloween spirit and inspired to bake, here is a super easy DIY for you to try at home.  There’s no piping, no painting and no wrong way to do it!  You just need marshmallows, two hands and some imagination!  It’s a creepy, crawly Marshmallow Cobweb Cake!  And I have a simple tutorial to show you how to do it!

You know how marshmallows get stringy when melted?  Well that makes for super sticky, super easy spiderweb!

I think this cake would be a fun project, no matter your experience or skill level.  If you’re a medium to advanced baker, this cake will seem super easy and you’ll be finished in no time flat.  Beginners…. your end result will look more challenging than it actually was.  Bonus for you!  And you certainly don’t have to tell anyone how easy it was.  And if you really just don’t bake at all, why not try out the marshmallow technique on a plain white cake from the market.  It could be a fun way to get your hands a little sticky and surprise everyone, including yourself.  There’s really no right or wrong way for a spiderweb to look… so just go for it!

MARSHMALLOW COBWEB CAKE
a DIY by Carrie Sellman

Supplies

  • Cake
  • White Fondant
  • Marshmallows (8 oz)

STEP 1 : Cover your cake(s) in white fondant.

STEP 2 : Place marshmallows into a microwave-safe bowl.  Heat for 30 seconds.

STEP 3 : Stir marshmallows.  {Warning.  Hot marshmallows will burn.  And it hurts!}

STEP 4 : Keep stirring.

STEP 5 : Stir, stir, stir some more!  Stir until marshmallows are cool enough to touch.

STEP 6 :  This is where it gets messy.  Or fun, depending on how you look at things.  Using both hands, stretch a small glob of marshmallow out into a long, thin, stringy strand.  Way, way longer and thinner than what is shown above (it was hard to get a picture of this exactly… especially with marshmallow covered hands).

STEP 7 :  Start wrapping the stringy marshmallow around your cake.  Go up, down, around and around.  Diagonal.  Every which way.  There is no right or wrong way for a spider web to look.  Just start wrapping.  Go light at first until you get the hang of it.  Less is more!  And thinner strands look better in the end.

STEP 8 :  Continue to pull, stretch and drape marshmallow strings.  Going every direction way you possibly can.

STEP 9:   Cover second tier in marshmallow strings.  Stack both tiers together.

STEP 10 : Add additional marshmallow strings to both tiers, draping some from one tier to the next.  Add a spider with long, spindly legs.  And you’re done!

BAKERS NOTE : I should have taken pictures while making the spider.  My bad.  But he’s made of fondant and very straightforward.  One oval for his body.  A smaller circle for his head.  And eight very long, exaggerated legs to make him extra creepy!  Hey, a big spider had to be responsible for such a crazy cobweb!

ADDITIONAL NOTE :  I realize I could have written this tutorial with much fewer steps.  But I was having fun with sticky marshmallows and my new chalkboard backdrop!  What to do you think?  Do you like it?  Want to see more of it in future posts?

I hope you’ve enjoyed Halloween Week here on the blog!  And I hope you give my creepy, crawly Marshmallow Cobweb Cake a try!  I think even the kiddos would enjoy this tutorial.  Just make sure the marshmallow is cool enough for them to handle safely and be prepared to clean up some sticky hands.  And faces.  And tables.  You get the idea!

Marshmallow Cobweb Cake | by Carrie Sellman | Country Living Magazine Oct 2013

2013 UPDATE: Tremendously honored to work with Country Living Magazine on their October issue. Turns out, they enjoyed playing with melted marshmallow too! Honored that my sticky cobweb concept made the cover!

Carrie Sellman , Founder & Editor

Carrie Sellman is the Founder & Editor of The Cake Blog. Her work has been published in BRIDES Magazine, Country Living Magazine and featured on TLC, DIY Network, The Cooking Channel, Glamour and more.

Comments

  1. 31

    Julie says

    Carrie, LOVE IT!!! And love the chalkboard backdrop. And to answer your questions, YES AND YES!! Yes do use the chalkboard backdrop again. And Yes, please more tutorials. This tutorial was one of the best, excellent pics to show and excellent directions. One can never ever have enough pics and directions, the more, the better the tutorial. THANK YOU!

    From one of your devoted followers.
    Happy Halloween.

  2. 33

    Nicole says

    I wanna thank “Half Baked”, the FaceBook page, for posting this! :D It looks fantastic. Just might have to make it for my Halloween Party. ;)

  3. 34

    says

    This is AWESOME!!!! I wish I would have known about this a week ago! I just had a Halloween themed birthday party yesterday…. There is always next year though :)

  4. 35

    Anne says

    Sooo glad I came across this! My niece’s 3rd birthday party is this Saturday, she wants cupcakes, but this is perfect for the adults cake!! Great idea! Thanks so much for posting it!

  5. 36

    Carrie Sellman says

    Wow – thank you for all of the kind feedback everyone! I hope you have as much sticky fun as I did, if you give it a try!

    For those of you who asked about trying this on buttercream… I think the sturdy base of fondant is best for all of the dragging and draping. The marshmallow really is quite sticky! If you give butttercream a try, let us know how it goes.

    @ Nicole – “Half Baked” the facebook page is me! Half Baked – The Cake Blog – http://www.thecakeblog.com – All one in the same. : )

  6. 47

    Sherry Webb says

    LOVE the cake and ADORE the chalkboard backdrop. What a GREAT idea. I am always looking for portable multi-purpose backdrops and this ticks all the boxes. I am wondering about making something like this and on the reverse side covering that in a corkboard….2 for 1 in a portable package

  7. 49

    johnpaul says

    Asking if  do like it is an understatement am in love so much in love wif that sexy creepy cake of urs Lol

  8. 50

    says

    Hi – love this, saw it a while ago and its just come up on my facebook feed again. Can I ask how you made the spider, as I tried making one a while ago and had all sorts of problems with the legs! Thanks.

  9. 51

    says

    Soooo this is on the cover of Country Living October 2013 – have you seen it?! It looks JUST like your cake. Did they steal your idea?! I didn’t notice a blogger attached the recipe in the article… you might want to look into that because girl, this is too awesome not to get credit for. Just saying… good luck and keep caking!

    • 52

      Carrie Sellman says

      Thanks for looking out for me Melissa!

      I actually worked with Country Living for the October issue. I’m credited in the print issue and on their website. It’s an honor to have my concept on the front cover!! Still in shock every time I see it.

  10. 58

    Maria says

    Hello Carrie,

    The Cake looks fantastic! Question for you, would this work on a meringue buttercream covered cake instead of a fondant covered cake?

    Thanks so much!

  11. 59

    Erin says

    I love this idea and was really excited to bring this cake to a Halloween party. Realize now that I should have made chocolate buttercream for a chocolate cake, and the marshmallows are just too sticky to even pull out a strand. Disappointed this didn’t work out. Think I’ll just cover the cake in chocolate sprinkles and call it a night.

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