Spider nest cakes

Spider nest cakes

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Prep: 40 mins Cook: 20 mins


Makes 15
Hundreds and thousands give these frightful muffins a colourful speckled effect. Top with candy floss webs and a toy spider to complete the look.

Nutrition and extra info

  • undecorated
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per cake

  • kcal238
  • fat11g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs26g
  • sugars23g
  • fibre0g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.3g


  • 175g softened butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • 100g hundreds and thousands
  • little icing sugar
  • candy floss (we used Hope and Greenwood's from Ocado)
  • 12 plastic spiders (or make your own from giant chocolate buttons and black liquorice laces)


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line muffin tins with 15 muffin cases (bake a second batch of the extra 3 if you only have one 12-hole tin). Beat the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, flour, vanilla and milk in that order. Quickly stir in the hundreds & thousands with as little effort as you can, then divide the mixture between the cases – the more you work the batter, the more the sprinkles will bleed their colour, so it’s best to do this quickly and efficiently. Bake for 20 mins until a skewer inserted in the centre of the cakes comes out clean. Leave to cool.

  2. Peel off the paper cases, and turn the cakes upside down. Cover with cling film until it’s nearly party time.

  3. Just before the party, mix a splash of water into some sifted icing sugar, and add a good blob to the top of each cake. Tease off some candy floss and stick a little pile on each – the less you handle it, the less it will disintegrate. Add a toy spider to each, or make your own – stick 4 long liquorice lace strands to the back of giant chocolate buttons with some more runny icing, flip over and leave to set.

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30th Oct, 2014
Complete fail on the hundred and thousand side. Put in required amount and followed instructions to the letter; not a sign of any of them (either on outside or inside of cake). Heat must make colour fade, don't kniw if it depends on brand used.... Am sure they will look good with the spiders web but resent wasted ingredients (plus trip into town to buy extra pack because I didn't have enough!!!) Grrrrrrrrrr.
2nd Nov, 2013
Absolutely brilliant! Went down a storm for our trick or treat buffet. Not good when dieting as taste so good
2nd Nov, 2013
I made these cakes for halloween as they looked fun. They tasted delicious but the colour of hundreds and thousands was lost in baking. They didn't have the wow factor like I expected. What make of hundreds and thousands did you use ?
27th Nov, 2013
I've made these a couple of times now - first time used Asda hundreds and thousands and the colour all came out. Second time I tried to buy some Wilton ones from Amazon (good food recommended them for their spotty Pudsey cake) but they were ridiculously expensive - far too pricey to put in a cake! Managed to find a UK based alternative from "Make That" - they're online or on amazon. Still not as cheap as supermarket ones but delivery was really quick and they worked a treat. Hope that helps!
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