Creepy Cake N Bake: The Sugar Spider’s Nest!

Okay, so it’s my turn to throw down in this Creepy Cake N Bake challenge!

Originally I was just going to make some spiders. Spiders are creepy, right? I had no idea HOW I was going to execute said spiders, so I got some supplies…A LOT of supplies…

I made up rice krispie balls…

…thinking I could cover them in chocolate for spider bodies…

When that didn’t work so well, I decided to cover them in icing and roll them in coconut I’d dyed black.

I added licorice legs, but while it looked kind of cool…

…it was a MESS to work with, and I didn’t really want to make 2345643 more of them.

Feeling uninspired, and following a throw down from Brenna (of the red velvet cake heart that is so anatomically correct I suspect she made a trip to an OR), I started over. I didn’t want to abandon my spiders, so I decided to make a NEST out of spun sugar. Basically, I wanted to make white cotton candy from scratch.

The only problem? I don’t own a cotton candy maker.


The result?

And then I made some chocolate spiders…

And then, after baking up a sheet cake base, I constructed my nest and put the chocolate spiders in it!

And that’s all I’ve got!

Be sure to leave a comment below so I get points for risking my life with boiling sugar.


The Creepy Cake N Bake-a-Thon is ON! Vote for your favorite entry by commenting below. You can comment on EVERY Cake N Bake post, one entry per post, for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate from Barnes and Noble or an official Creepy Cake N Bake doll! Please include your email in order to be entered to win.

Trophies will be awarded on Halloween for the top creeptastic creations. Winners will be chosen by our special Celebrity Judge, Adam Rex, author of such deliciously creepy creations such as FAT VAMPIRE, FRANKENSTEIN TAKES THE CAKE, FRANKENSTEIN MAKES A SANDWICH, and PSSST!

Check the list of contestants and their post dates so you don’t miss any of the fun:

Mon Oct. 3 – Saundra Mitchell
Wed Oct 5 – Stacey Jay
Friday Oct 7 – Erin Dionne
Saturday Oct 8 – Sydney Salter
Mon Oct 10 – Brenna Yovanoff
Wed Oct 12 – Tara Hudson
Friday Oct 14 – Karen Healey
Saturday Oct 15 – Robin Bridges
Mon Oct 17 – Michelle Zink
Wed Oct 19 – Julia Karr
Friday Oct 21 – Victoria Schwab
Saturday Oct 22 –
C.Lee McKenzie
Sunday Oct 23 – E. Kristin Anderson
Mon Oct 24 – Natalie Zaman
Wed Oct 26 – Stephanie Burgis
Friday Oct 28 – Dawn Metcalf


73 thoughts on “Creepy Cake N Bake: The Sugar Spider’s Nest!

  1. Alison says:

    It’s possible this is the best baked good I have ever seen.

  2. Omg I think your effort and ultimate creations deserves my vote! You go girl you tore your kitchen up!

  3. Oh my gosh- I love the web! Those spiders creep me out with their little eyes. But I’d still eat them- they look delicious!

    • veschwab says:

      I can safely say that the spiders were indeed delicious πŸ™‚ The web, not so much! Unless you like tasty tasty glass.

  4. Well done! I’m impressed by your dedication! The final result is great. I love the nest πŸ™‚ heidi (at) yabibliophile (dot) com

  5. Oh! That is Rather Alarmingly Realistic! I’m amazed you made cotton candy at home — fantastic job!

  6. One of my most frequently recurring childhood nightmares was insects and spiders crawling out of my pillowcase and all over my face. So thank you for helping me conquer my fear by imagining them as tasty chocolate confections.

  7. Kristina D says:

    The twitter comments about the boiling sugar now make sense. Love how the end result turned out!

  8. Llehn says:

    Holy cow. I want some of those!

  9. Dawn says:

    Omigawd WOW!!! This is beautiful and incredibly impressive! My husband is afraid of spiders and I-I-I might just have to do this to him for his birthday.

    *hee hee hee*

    Thanks for the inspirational chocolate-sugar-chills!

  10. Andrea says:

    This is fantastic!!! It’s definitely creepy (I don’t mind spiders in general, but a NEST of spiders? YIKES!!!). Your spun sugar is an uber-accomplishment. I wouldn’t have thought of that and you’re very brave for attempting it. Congratulations on such an impressive creation!

  11. Pamela says:

    Woah, seriously impressive, V! That’s gorgeous.

    You make most human beings look seriously inadequate.

    Now I want chocolate.

  12. Kare says:

    That is so awesome!! πŸ˜€

  13. God, V. That is SO gross. By which I mean I LOVE IT!

  14. Very very creepy, and for once spiders look tasty…I love it!

  15. Wow spiders! A tasty treat!

  16. I am so BEYOND impressed!!! Well done! Even if it did attack you! πŸ˜€

  17. Dear sweet keebus, that is HIDEOUS. Well done!!

  18. Daisy says:

    SO COOL! Not very creepy, but extremely cool! Those spiders actually look kind of cute πŸ™‚

  19. Insane and delightful. I bow to you…

  20. Adam Rex says:

    You blink and you think, weren’t there seven before?
    A spider’s decamped from its sugar encasement.
    That’s silly, you say; but a week from today
    there’s a candyfloss colony crowding your basement.

  21. Stacey Jay says:

    You are brilliant!! *bows* *is not worthy*

    Stacey Jay

  22. Annika says:

    I…am speechless.

  23. omg that looks AWESOME!

  24. Tim Canny says:

    Wait a minute! Cotton candy is sugar?!?

  25. Cecilia Huddleston says:

    Victoria…I am blown away by your choco spideys and spun sugar ‘nest’!!! I don’t think I would have the umph these days to keep on trying as you did & create my own spun sugar from scratch!!! Impressive!!!

    Kudos to the Spider Queen!!!

    –Cecilia H.

  26. Cecilia Huddleston says:

    Did you need my email typed in my message??? Duh???

    Cecilia Huddleston


  27. Jenn Hubbard says:

    Bravo! I saw on Twitter that the cotton candy attacked you, but you fought back, with amazing results.

  28. Jillian says:

    AMAZING! I never would have had the idea or the courage to tackle the spun sugar nest project – I can’t believe how perfectly it turned out… And it looks super tasty too. πŸ˜€

  29. Sara says:

    That is amazing creepy cake so many crawlers

  30. Leandra says:

    Ugh, spiders are creepy, even chocolate ones. Awesome idea, it turned out great! I could totally see it as the centerpiece at a Halloween party!

  31. sirenzmeg says:

    That web rocks! And Nat says so too ;0)

  32. Angela Reynolds says:

    That spider web is pretty amazing.

  33. Rhianna says:

    OMG I looove this one! Too cool for words.

  34. jpmsull says:

    I LOVE THIS. It is so awesome…it is my favorite! But now I want to go NOM NOM NOM on it. *goes in search of lunch*

  35. Sonia says:


    I love how much work you put into this ❀ It is so you, LOL.

  36. I’m astounded that you can make cotton candy without a cotton candy maker. And then that you actually did it and risked your life with boiling sugar (I’ve been burned by it before . . . though not while making cotton candy. I can only imagine the horrors of spinning boiling sugar . . . *shudder*)

    You can’t see me, but I’m giving you a standing ovation. =)

  37. Lisa Moss says:

    You totally get points for risking your life! Boiling sugar is waaay not fun to play with! And you get points for persistance! BTW…spiders=creepy in my book!!

  38. Breanne says:

    I love this idea!

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