‘Follow the spiders? Why can’t it be follow the butterflies!?’ was famously said by Ron Weasley in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Unfortunately this is not a butterfly tutorial but a spider tutorial… so if you have a big phobia then look away now! Most of the time we’d agree with Ron, but seeing as this spider isn’t going to hurt us… why not give it a go! It’s the perfect addition to a Spiderman cake and could be used on a whole host of celebration cakes, from spooky Halloween cupcakes to adventure and jungle cakes. It’s super easy to make and looks realistic, which we think is a winning combination!
You Will Need
- Dark Brown or Black Sugarpaste
- Red Sugarpaste
- Gum Tragacanth
- Blade Modelling Tool
- Cone Modelling Tool
- Edible Glue
Step By Step in Pictures
Making The Body
1. Start by adding some gum tragacanth to your brown/ black sugarpaste, kneading thoroughly until the powder is fully mixed in. Then you need to take two pieces of sugarpaste, one roughly the size of a walnut and the other about half the size of this. Roll these into two smooth, round balls.
2. Take the larger ball and mould this, using your fingers, into a rounded tear drop shape. This will make the main body of your spider.
3. Using the blade tool, create lots of lines down the body of the spider. It’s a great way to add texture and make the body look hairier!
Creating The 8 Legs
4. Now it’s time to make the legs. Spiders have 8 legs, so you’re going to have a lot of rolling to do! To make it easier for yourself, roll 4 long, thin sausage shapes and cut these into half. You want the legs to be roughly the same size as each other but don’t worry if they vary in length slightly – it will make the spider look more realistic!
5. Mould the ends of the legs to give them a pointed shape and again, using the blade modelling tool, create creases in each leg. Bend them slightly in the centre to give them a curved shape and set aside to dry slightly.
Assembling The Body Parts
6. Whilst your spider legs are drying, you can attach the head of your spider to the body. Use a little edible glue to secure into place.
7. Now you can attach the legs to your spider body using edible glue. It might be worth arranging them first so you can get them exactly how you want!
8. Using the cone modelling tool, create two small indentations in the face of the spider for where you want the eyes to sit. Roll two tiny pieces of red sugarpaste and push these into the holes.
You’ve now finished your fondant tarantula/ spider! Set the spider to one side and allow to fully dry/harden before using on a cake. If you want to give your spider extra detail, you could roll two small pieces of black/brown sugarpaste into sausage shapes and stick these to the front of the spider’s face for its fangs. The perfect way to make your cakes come to life (or just give someone a scare!)