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Chocolate Spider Web Cake Recipe

Chocolate Spider Web Cake

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"Chocolate buttermilk cake layers are frosted with chocolate buttercream and a contrasting white spider web design."

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Original recipe makes 1 - 2 layer 9 inch cake Change Servings


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Thoroughly grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in large bowl; add eggs, shortening, buttermilk and vanilla. Beat on low speed of mixer 1 minute, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed 3 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  3. Bake about 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes, remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost with One-Bowl Buttercream Frosting. Immediately pipe or drizzle Spider Web in 4 or 5 circles on top of cake. Using a knife or wooden pick, Immediately draw 8 to 10 lines from center to edges of cake at regular intervals to form web. Garnish with a "spider", using a caramel, licorice and other candies. 12 servings.
  4. One-Bowl Buttercream Frosting: Beat butter. Add confectioners' sugar and cocoa alternately with milk, beating to spreading consistency. Stir in vanilla. Makes about 2 cups frosting.
  5. Spider Web: Place 1/2 cup Hershey's Premier White Chips and 1/2 teaspoon shortening (do not use butter, margarine, spread or oil) in small heavy seal-top plastic bag. Microwave at HIGH (100%) 45 Seconds. Squeeze gently. If necessary, microwave an additional 10 to 15 seconds; squeeze until chips are melted. Make small diagonal cut in one bottom corner of bag; squeeze mixture onto cake as directed.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 07, 2003

This cake is a wonderful cake for Halloween parties. The chocolate buttermilk milk cake is very moist, dense and delicious. The spider web design was a great hit and everyone wanted the recipe.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 27, 2005

Texture is like a mix - too fluffy to be a good layer cake. Taste is okay. Not memorable. I didn't make the frosting. For an exceptionally good chocolate cake - & big - as in high - try Chocolate Sheet cake (Kim) or Old-Fashioned Chocolate cake. Kim's is slightly better because butter or margarine is added, but the other one is a very close second. You really can't taste the addition of cinnamon, which I normally wouldn't like. It adds flavor without adding spice. Good trick! :D Try it!


7 Ratings

Nov 07, 2003

Great Halloween-appropriate idea! Although the recipe never mentioned exactly how to create the web itself, it's not unlike other cake designs requiring a little "raking" through the icing with a small sharp object, i.e., knife, kabob spear, toothpick, etc. Fun tip! Make into cupcakes for Halloween parties so every child gets their own spider (made of icing, candy, or plastic toy). Also, you can make white or orange-colored vanilla icing for the cupcakes, with purple-colored vanilla icing for the web, for those who don't care for chocolate. Also, if you have time and a small enough group, just pipe on the concentric circles & let the little ones get involved by raking the "spiderweb" (with a toothpick) themselves! But presenting them already finished does get the "wow" effect. Have fun! :)

Sep 30, 2005

I was in a hurry, and just stole the spider web idea. Worked great with a betty crocker cake and frosting. Used white Dec-a-cake for the web! Came out great and was a sure hit! Will definitly make again (maybe even using the real recipe!!)

Nov 06, 2004

I made this recipie for my family three times in 3 days and it never got old!

Nov 07, 2003

This is a GREAT tasting Halloween cake, however I found it fairly difficult to make. If I made this cake again, I would double the icing recipe since I ran out of icing before I was finished with the cake! Also, be sure to have the white chocolate ready immediately after icing and add the spider web rings fast, because the white chocolate hardens quickly making the designing difficult.


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  • Calories
  • 510 kcal
  • 25%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 78.5 g
  • 25%
  • Cholesterol
  • 49 mg
  • 16%
  • Fat
  • 19.6 g
  • 30%
  • Fiber
  • 1.8 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 6.3 g
  • 13%
  • Sodium
  • 477 mg
  • 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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