Baked Goods & Sweet Treats Recipes

Spider Cake

Happy Halloween everyone! I hope you have a very spooky day! As you’ve now realised, I’m a big fan of Halloween so if you’re planning any Halloween parties over the weekend, I’m the girl to invite.

Since Sam’s terrible afraid of spiders, maybe I’ll get this cake all to myself! This cake would be a great addition to any themed parties you have planned!

Spider Cake

spider cake from the side
(Absolutely all credit goes to Bird On A Cake whose wonderful idea this originally was.)
(For Cake)
2 cups of flour
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 small package of vanilla instant pudding mix
3 eggs
1/2 cup of warm water
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
1 cup of sour cream
1 teaspoon of vanilla
12 oreos roughly chopped

(For frosting)
1 quart of whipping cream
3/4 a cup of powdered sugar
12 oreos finely crushed

(For spiders)
Oreos neatly halved
vanilla frosting
chocolate frosting

Preheat your oven to 325 F (165 C). Line and grease your two 9” cake tins. Sift all the dry cake ingredients together. In a separate bowl, stir all the wet ingredients together. Then add the wet ingredients into the dry, mixing thoroughly until a smooth liquidy batter has been created. Then stir in the oreo bits. Divide the cake batter between the two tins and bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown and done on the inside.

Whilst your cakes are cooling, mix the powdered sugar and the whipping cream together. Then beat together with a mixer on a high speed for 4-5 minutes of until your cream is holding stiff peaks. Then fold in your crushed Oreo by hand and place your frosting in the refrigerator.

Once your cakes are completely cool, cut each cake in half so that you can make a cake of 4 layers. Stack your cakes with a layer of your frosting in between each one. The frost the top and the sides of the cake. (This frosting smooths very well!) Once your cake is frosted pop it back into fridge while you make your spider bodies.

With your oreo halves, first use vanilla frosting in a small pipping bag to make pairs of big white circles (the whites of the eyes) on each oreo. Then using the chocolate frosting in a small pipping bag, pipe the irises into every eye. Let the Oreos set for 10 minutes until the frosting will stay in place on top.

Place the spider bodies all over the cake at your discretion and then go back through and pipe legs onto the bodies with the chocolate frosting!
cake basefrostingsideview of cakespider bodiesmore spider cake top view of cake
Yum! A suitably creepy Halloween cake!

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  • Wow, this cake is amazing and ingenious all at once. I love the spider oreo idea! Enjoy eating it all! x

  • Marju V

    Cute! Ed loves Oreos so I must try this!

  • Hehe, that’s such a great idea! Those spiders actually look pretty cute! I bet it tastes delicious too.

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    I’m also scared of spiders, but these one are adorable!!

    Lots of love,


    SilverSpoon London

  • amitygardens

    That is so precious! Happy Halloween!

  • I LOVE that kind of icing – kind of cookie and cream! πŸ™‚ What did you use for the whipping cream? Because I noticed that the whipping cream doesn’t really whip well.xx

    • I used whipping cream. (sainsbury’s brand) but it does take me longer to whip it here than it does in the US. Maybe different pasteurisation or something? My biggest advice to getting it to whip (besides just keep mixing/beating for ages) is to make sure the whipping cream stays really, really cold! x

      • Ah ok, thank you for sharing your wisdom πŸ™‚

        • Sorry that it’s not super helpful! πŸ™ xx

          • No no it was! Because I just always thought that it didn’t actually whip! πŸ™‚

  • This cake is ridiculously adorable!

  • Marielle

    That’s pretty adorable! The big eyes definitely save them from being creepy – and make them look like those super cute dust sprites in Miyazaki movies!

  • This cake is amazing!! Wish I found this post earlier– deff reserving for next year!

  • I think you’ve stumbled upon the perfect solution here. Any food you don’t want to share with Sam, just add an Oreo spider. Cupcakes? Oreo spider. Fruit tart? Oreo spider. Roast beef? Oreo spider. This cake looks so adorable and tasty! I’m not having a Halloween party, but maybe I can sub little turkeys for the spiders and try to work it into Thanksgiving somehow?

    • YES! This is an excellent solution to the “sharing” issue. I’ll never have to do it again. Happy Halloween! xx

  • Thank you so much for the inspiring post. I like the idea of creating the spider with oreo. That’s so cute ^^

  • I love this cake it is so cute! Happy Halloween! x

  • Ashley Angle

    This is very creative! Looks great!
    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  • Thank you Sara! x

  • oh my gosh this is just too cute!

  • Oh I love this cake! It’s so cute! And love that the theme could change depending on the holiday! You are so creative! x

    • Thanks Carly. To be honest, I make a really similar cake to this as one of my favourites. Just minus the spiders, and it’s a chocolate cake base instead of vanilla. But the frosting is exactly the same! x

  • Miho

    i hate spiders with a passion, but even i can’t deny this is an amazing cake!! the oreos are a genius idea. you did a fantastic job! x

    Miho @ Wander to Wonder

  • How unique! I haven’t seen anything quite like this before! Good job πŸ™‚

  • ok this is ADORABLE, what a clever design! if i got this i’d be put right into the halloween mood- you did an amazing job with it!

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

  • love the eyes! creeeeeepy πŸ™‚

  • Tooo cute!!

  • Oh my!! That looks so good. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I think I’m going to try it, minus the spiders. πŸ™‚

  • That cake is brilliant, the spiders are great! Thanks for having stopped by my blog

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  • So adorable and so festive! Not to mention, it looks absolutely delicious πŸ™‚ Hope you had a great Halloween!

  • Coco Cami

    So delicious πŸ™‚ I love your blog and I have followed you with Bloglovin. If you ever get a chance to check out my blog I would be delighted, thanks!

    Camille xo

  • Anything with Oreos gets my vote, sounds amazing!x

  • Ha, well I’m not much of a chips/crisps/etc junk food eater, but I’m a firm believer in dessert after dinner, so a baked good a week keeps us in desserts for the week. Sam is a few years north of 30 and I’m approaching it, so I really feel ya though. x

  • That looks fantastic! The spiders are vcute, not creepy πŸ™‚

  • That looks delicious! I finally got around to making marshmallows (it took a while to find something similar enough to corn syrup!). They are setting right now and I can’t wait to try them.