This is a fun cake for a kids party or a fun office crowd. Make sure no one is squeamish!
- 1 yellow cake mix
- 1 large package of pistachio instant pudding
- 1 small container of whipped topping
- 8 black licorice whips
- 1 red candy slice (like orange slices, just red)
- 2 black jujubees, flattened into circles
- black food coloring jell
- red food coloring, optional
- 1 large glass bowl and 1 small glass bowl – oven safe
Coat bowls with baking spray such as Baker’s Magic. Make cake mix according to box directions, adding a small amount of black food coloring gel to make it grey in color. Pour into bowls until about half full. (For larger cake, use two boxes.) Bake as directed on box. For the smaller bowl you will need to keep a close eye on the cake to prevent over baking. Remove from oven and bowls, turn out on to wire rack to cool. Once cake is cool, slice the flat side of large cake off about 1 inch up from the bottom and spoon out the inside so that the walls are about 1 inch thick. Set aside.
While cake is baking, make pudding according to directions on the box. When set, fold in whip topping and red food coloring if using, make it the color you want, will be a pit purplish. Place back in fridge until ready to use. Fill hollowed out cake with pudding and replace bottom, sealing with frosting.
Place cake pieces on a decorated cake board, use a small amount of frosting to anchor cake in place, using small cake as the head. Mix black coloring into frosting, reserving a small amount of white frosting for eyes. Frost cake, using the flat side of a knife to make the frosting look like spiky fur, or use the fur tip from a cake decorating kit, if desired. Cut the red slice the long way to make a mouth for your spider. Use the flat jujubee circles as eyes and pipe on white, leaving a small back area for the pupil. Poke the licorice whips into the sides of the spider to make legs and arrange. Can be affixed to cake board with frosting. Refrigerate covered cake until ready to serve to prevent pudding from weeping out of cake. Serves about 8 – 10 servings, or more depending on size of bowls used.
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