Hi everyone! I finished the spiderman cake for my nephew. I want to thank everyone for their help especially Melissa who gave me directions. I took pictures of each step. The party is this afternoon! I'm really nervous about transporting Spidey. He's very heavy. I doubled the cake board but I'm beginning to think I should have tripled it. We'll see...
Wig head, 2 10" rounds and an 8" round quartered.
I trim off the edges to make it easier to ice.
Here he is iced in buttercream.
I airbrushed him red. I took these last night so they're a little dark.
Now he has his webs. This and the rest of the cake went pretty quickly.
Here he is finished. Big OOPS! on the spider being crooked. There is a larger pic in the gallery.
Here's Spidey's back.
wow...you did an awesome job! Thanks so much for posting step by step pictures! How long did it take you to finish? Did you use crusting buttercream and then smoothed it? It is just so GOOD!
I have to practice my buttercream skills...
Outstanding job.... I never thought of using the Wig head to do this....
I sure am impressed! Great job.
Yes- what an awesome job! I am soo glad it worked out for you!!! Thanks for the pics, they are really helpful!
wow, that is awesome. you did a great job!
Lisa, that is absolutely perfect! Thanks for taking the time to give all the details...it is very much appreciated! I'm sure that child was tickled to no end!!!
Wow! Great job! What were the reactions from the kids?
Thanks everyone! Spidey made the 30 minute commute no problem...what a relief! My nephew loved it...by the time the candles were blown out he had already licked one eye off . He turned 3 and I think that's a sign of approval from a 3 year old.
He took me about 3 hours to decorate most of that time was spent airbrushing. It took about 10 thin layers to get it that red. I let each layer dry before putting on another that way I wouldn't have any drips or droplets. I probably should have taken it a bit slower with the webbing which could have been better.
I used a crusting buttercream. The recipe is here:
It's really easy to work with.
Thanks for the step by step. Your cake looks wonderful. My question is how did you do the webs? Did you use black buttercream or the ready to use gel? Since I don't have an airbrush, I am going to try the spray on icing, hopefully it will come out as nice as yours.
I used black butter cream to do the webs. I wouldn't use the spray color in a can. It would take so many of them! You could just ice him in red butter cream.
Wow LISA!!!!! I'm glad to see your cake!!! IT'S WONDERFUL!!!! I mean wonderful!!!!! You are soooo good at this!!!!!!! Give yourself a pat on the back from Turtleshell!!!!
Lisa, your cake looks awsome! Thanks so much for sharing the instructions with all of us here at the forum. Very sweet of you!!!
You used airbrushing..... I would love to get an airbrush and use it.... I have the spray color mist down, and happy with it, but airbrush....wow.... where do you get one and what all do you have to get to have it......
My DH got me the airbrush for Christmas...I love it! He ordered it from www.kopykake.com
You'd also need a set of the kroma kolors and the airbrush cleaner.
Lisa, I have one more question. What, if anything, did you cover the wig head before the icing? I heard you can saran wrap or contact paper but I would think the frosting would slide off
Thanks again for the help
I didn't cover it. I did wash it. It occured to me that the butter cream might just slide right off the wig head. It never did thank goodness!
It look WONDERFULL!!!!! I never would've thougth about the wig head, what a GREAT idea!! Look great.
Great job on the cake! I'm glad I could be of some help... I feel like I am always just getting advice from this board and never giving anything back! lol.
I used that same buttercream recipe, and mine was not nearly as smooth as yours It didn't crust well at all. Maybe it's just the humidity here or something
Thanks for sharing the pics.
Hi Melissa! Thanks again for your help. I couldn't have done it without you! As for the butter cream, it needs about 10-15 minutes to crust. You can try adding less water (or milk). That might help counteract the humidity. I also smoothed it with Viva paper towels once it crusted. Did you try that?
Wow great job. I am new to this site. How much icing did that take????? I saw that cake on wiltons web site and plan on making it for my sons birthday in a few weeks. Do you think it will work with the whipped icing??? My family doesnt like buttercream.
Sorry...I don't know exactly how much icing I used. I know I made two batches of the butter cream recipe mentioned above and I had very little left over. I think it would work with whipped icing as long as it would "stick" to the wig head.
I had planned on using the Wiltons whipped mix that you add water too. I have never used it , so I am looking for some help on how much I might need. Have you ever used it???
No I haven't sorry. I did do the math though and I figure I used about 11 cups of butter cream. Each box of whipped mix makes 4 cups so you'd need 3 packages.
Thank you sooooo much. I have been stressed out about this icing for over a week. Its hard to please everyone in a big family. Do you know how many people that cake fed. I am worried I wont have enough cake so I have planned to make spidey cupcakes to go along with it. By the way your Spidey is one of the best I have seen. My son saw it and feel in love with it. He has to have that cake. So I will do my best to give it to him. Thanks againf or your help and info.
40-50 servings depending on the size of each slice. Thanks for the compliment! I also have a trick to doing his eyes that might help you. Cut them out of paper first so you can get the right shape and size.
Then press them into the icing where they should go. Remove them and it will leave an imprint for you to follow. I used crusting butter cream so it worked well. You may want to experiment a little with the whipped icing. You wouldn't want it pulling off with the paper.
GREAT TIP!!!!!! I was trying to figure out how to get the eyes right. Yeah I plan on practicing this weekend with the icing on a regualr 8" round. To see how workable it is. If that doesnt work i dont kow what I'll do. OUt of 30 people only one likes buttercream.
Lisa: why aren't the pix showing up?? I needed to use them for this weekend and they are gone. I saved it to my computer, but it crashed and now it's in the repair shop!!1 HELLP!!! Mod's why aren't the pix there????
Hi Lisa! Your pictures are beautiful. I love them all. You do such a beautiful job on your cakes. I love the airbrush method; maybe one day, I will have the opportunity to learn how to use one.