Weave a tangled web-from melted marshmallows- for this elegantly eerie dessert by Carrie Sellman of thecakeblog.com.
Step 1: Prepare two boxes of cake mix (any flavor) per the package instructions. You'll need two round cake pans: one 4"W x 4"H; the other 7"W x 4"H (Fat Daddio pans; $6.49 and $9.99; globalsugarart.com). Trace the base of one pan onto parchment; cut out and place in the bottom of that pan. Repeat for the other pan. Coat the inside of both pans, including parchment liners, with cooking spray.
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Step 2: Apportion cake batter between pans. In a 350°F oven, bake the smaller cake for 25 to 30 minutes and the larger cake for 45 to 50 minutes. Let cool.
Step 3: Level the top of each cake. Frost the top of the larger cake with white buttercream. Then center the smaller cake atop it. Frost the entire two-tiered cake.
Step 4: Microwave eight ounces of marshmallows in a bowl for 30 seconds, until gooey but still lumpy. Stir until smooth and cool enough to handle. Pinch off a bit of marshmallow; stretch to create a long, thin strand; and drape it onto the cake. Repeat, applying strands until the entire cake is covered in "webbing."
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Step 5: To make the spiders, you'll need black fondant ($10.99 for 24 oz.; amazon.com). Use your hands to shape one 1½-inch ball and nine ½-inch ones. Partially flatten the tops of the large ball and one small one; then use a drop of water to attach them, creating the head and body. Roll the remaining balls into long tubes for the legs, bend in the middle, and attach, using a drop of water for each, to the body, as shown. Repeat, using slightly smaller balls, to create a second spider.
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