Ann Reardon

3D Spiderman Cake Tutorial

spiderman cake tutorial video

Spiderman, Spiderman, does whatever a spider can. Okay, but can a spider make kids squeal with delight? Can a spider be sliced up and eaten and leave people asking for more? Well, this Spiderman cake can!

This week I had the privilege of going to the YouTube Creator Summit in New York. Yes, Pewdiepie and Superwoman were there, along with about 150 other top YouTubers but the person I was the most excited to meet was JOHN GREEN. An old-school YouTuber, he also wrote the very popular novel and now movie, The Fault In Our Stars (see the cake here). So as you can imagine I was OVER THE MOON when John asked for a copy of our book The Deep Enders and said he was looking forward to reading it! That in itself made the 24 hours of travel from Australia to NY totally worthwhile.
ann reardon youtube creator summit 2016
Big thanks to YouTube for thoroughly spoiling us with gifts on arrival and each morning, I love my new bathrobe with the embroidered YouTube play-button!

To make this spiderman cake you will need:

Spiderman cake template


One and half times my Rich Chocolate Cake Recipe baked in two trays. My trays are 38.1cm (15 inches) x 25.4cm (10 inches).

A double quantity of my chocolate buttercream recipe.

Simple Syrup
1/4 cup or 54g (1.9 ounces) sugar
1/4 cup 63millilitres (2.13 fluid ounces) water
Heat until the sugar is dissolved and allow to cool. Flavor with vanilla if desired.

Rice crispy treats
200g (7.05 ounces) or 2 ¼ cups Marshmallows
200g (7.05 ounces) or 6 ¼ cups rice bubbles

750g (26.46 ounces) Red fondant
100g (3.53 ounces) Black fondant
100g (3.53 ounces) Bright blue fondant
250g (8.82 ounces) Pale blue fondant (optional for covering the board)

Other stuff
13in (33.02 centimetres) Round Cake board
Centre cake support
fondant extruder (optional but makes the job easier I have this one)

Day 1.
Bake your cakes, allow them to cool. Wrap in plastic wrap so they stay fresh. Mix up a double batch of frosting. Make the simple syrup and leave to cool.

Make the rice crispy treat and follow the directions in the video to make the shape of spiderman’s head.

Day 2.
Cut out the template and use it as a guide to cut out the layers of cake.

Spread some frosting on the base board to stop the cake slipping and add the first layer. Spread that layer with some simple syrup to keep the cake moist and then another layer of frosting. Then continue in this way all the way up to layer seven.

Carve the cake as shown in the video and then cover the whole thing in frosting following the shape of the cake. Place it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes for the frosting to chill.

Cover the head in a thin layer of buttercream and add it to the top of the cake. Then use some frosting to smooth the join at the neck.

Make a long raindrop of red fondant and add it to the front of his face. Flatten it to make his nose and chin.

Add a short snake of red going across where his clavicle bone would be then wrapping it up and around where the neck muscle is.

The roll out a large sheet of red fondant and use it completely cover spidermans face and body using your hands to lift and smooth it around his shape.

Then trim off the exces around the base and make it neat.

Using a fondant extruder make a long skinny snake of black and use it to make the spider web pattern over his face and body.

Use the template to make the spider and place that in the freezer for 10 minutes to make it easier to transfer. To make the eyes cut around the template in white fondant. Add a little water around the edge then add a strip of black all the way around the outside of the eye.

Then using a little water add the eye into place on spider mans face.

On the base of this arm add the strip of blue and trim it off. Take the spider out of the freezer, peel off the baking paper and add it to the centre of spider mans chest.

Using the colour of your choice cover the cake board in fondant.

Remember to take a photo of your birthday child with the cake before the party starts, it’s very hard to get a good shot once all the kids are crowding around the cake.

Make it a great week!

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176 Comments View Comments

  1. Rating: 5

    Where can we download the templates? Thank you

  2. Rating: 4

    Do we know how many servings you get out of this cake?

  3. Rating: 5

    Thanks for this recipe and guide. I don’t bake, ever. But I managed to follow this and create something passable, that I’m sure my son and his friends will thoroughly enjoy tomorrow on his birthday.

  4. Rating: 4.5

    did you find out how long it needed to be? im trying to work it out now

  5. Rating: 5

    Wonderful! Thank you! How many servings is this cake?
    All the Best!

  6. Rating: 5

    Hello I ordered the spider man bust ,But was wondering how do you receive.Do we receive via email?

    • Rating: 0.5

      I purchased this also and received no spiderman pdf from Anne. Plus I don’t even know where to send the email to request it. I am so upset

  7. Rating: 5

    The template was really helpful. My kids loved how the cake turned out. 😊

  8. Rating: 1

    hello I purchased the template but there is no template for the head like you show in the tutorial need it this by tomorrow.

  9. Rating: 5

    Thank you thank you thank you for this tutorial ❤️ I made this cake for my little boy even though it is perfect and I used a bad type of fondant it came out nice

  10. Rating: 5

    it looks so nice wow

  11. Rating: 1

    Can you please email me back I can’t see the templete I bought ☹️

  12. Rating: 5

    Do I need the centre cake support?

  13. You left the white fondant off the list.

  14. Rating: 5

    Hi Ann,

    I have made a number of your cakes for my kids birthdays and they have always turned out a treat. Thanks for your clear and easy to follow instructions!

    I am about to embark on making a Spider-Man for my sons 4th Birthday and I am wondering where you get your cake centre support from. I have no luck finding anything like yours online and don’t want to risk getting it wrong.

    Thanks so much!

  15. Rating: 4

    Any chance you can refer me to another cake recipe without having to use 12 eggs ? Thanks !

  16. Rating: 5

    Hello, can you please tell me from where should i find the templates to make the 3d cake of spiderman pls ?

  17. Rating: 4.5

    How many ppl does this cake feed?

  18. Rating: 5

    If you scroll up, just above the vis mastercard paypal symbol, you can purchase the template

  19. Rating: 5

    I’m trying to find the template you used for the Spiderman cake..amazing by the way

    • Rating: 2.5

      Doesn’t say how long the
      Centre cake support needs to be does any one know please

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