This Very Busy Spider Birthday Cake was made for my cousin’s first birthday! His very favorite book is The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle.
His mommy wanted marble so I used Chocolate Fudge and French Vanilla cake mixes from Betty Crocker. I used a 12 inch round, 9 inch round and 6 inch round. Each tier has 2 of each of the sizes. I went through 5 boxes of cake mix for the whole cake.
I baked, cooled and stacked the cakes and first did a crumb coat. I then put it in the fridge to harden up a bit then did the thicker layer of frosting which is whipped white frosting that I tinted using the gel food coloring. Textured the frosting with a spoon and “slapping” it to make it look like grass.
The fence was made out of the snap pretzels and broken in half. The spider web is melted sugar and then just swirled to make the web. Each animal from the story was placed on and there you have it, The Very Busy Spider cake.
He got to dig into the top tier for himself and boy did he ever! There was cake in every nook and cranny that there could possibly be. It was great, he enjoyed it and everyone else did too.