Halloween Spider Cake
Bake a CHOCOLATE CAKE according to package directions, or bake your favorite from-scratch chocolate cake. Frost with chocolate frosting. Using white frosting, make thin circles on top of the cake - almost looking like a bulls-eye. Make a big circle on the outside, and smaller circles in the inside. Use a toothpick, and starting in the center of the bulls-eye, gently pull the toothpick through the top of the icing. Do this in five or six places, all starting in the middle of the cake and going straight to the outer edge. This pulls the white icing, and makes it look like a spider web. Top the cake with a doughnut spider (or 2!). (see below)
2 or 4 doughnuts or small Hostess donettes
Black licorice whips
small amount of icing in a color to match doughnuts
googly eyes or chocolate chips
I like to use chocolate doughnuts for this, but other colors would work as well. Place one doughnut on a plate. Put a fairly thick layer of icing on top of the doughnut. The cut your pipe cleaners to a size that will work well with your doughnuts. If using full sized doughnuts, just use 4 licorice whips cut to size. These are your spider legs. Stick the licorice legs into the sides of the donuts. Now use two small drops of icing to make eyes for your spider. You can place googly eyes on top of the icing, or you can place two small chocolate chips on top of the icing for the eyes.
These spiders can be placed on top of the spider web cake above, or can be served to party guests. The small doughnut gems work well when serving a lot of students in a school class party.