My four year old birthday boy described to me the Spiderman cake of his dreams. He wanted a “big, big, big building with Spiderman on top, spiderwebs, and lots of windows”. Not being so adventurous, I worked for weeks on trying to convince him to ‘want’ something more simple, without success.

I wasn’t thrilled with the idea of putting grey icing on a big, beautiful cake, so I stuck with white buttercream. I baked/iced each layer (8″,6″,3″), prepared the bottom two layers with dowels for support, and made the royal icing spiderwebs and windows the day before. All that was left the day of his birthday was to assemble the layers and apply the decoration.

The cake topper was a great last minute find. I found it at the toy store. It was packed with a can of play-doh. I had been searching for a standard-size action figure, but this worked out even better!

The most important tip I have is to make lots of extra spider-webs. They are very brittle despite being made of royal icing, and all the kids at the party wanted to eat their own spiderweb.