I made this Spiderman cake for my son's 10th birthday. It went down a treat with everyone, it's light and moist and not too sickly sweet and the overall appearance has the wow factor you're looking for. Great for any child who loves Spiderman.
Pre-heat oven to 150 C / 130 C Fan / Gas 2. Line a 9x13 inch cake tin with a double layer of baking parchment.
Sieve the flour into a bowl and add all the remaining cake ingredients. Gently beat all the ingredients together, using a low setting on the mixer. When ingredients are combined, increase speed and beat for one minute. Spoon mixture into the prepared baking tin and smooth the top.
Bake in the centre of the oven for 2 hours. Test the cake by lightly pressing the centre. When done, it should spring back. To be extra sure, insert a skewer or knife and if it comes out clean, the cake is cooked.
Leave in tin for about 15 minutes, then turn onto a wire tray to cool. When completely cold, wrap in cling film and place in the freezer for 2 hours or leave in fridge overnight to firm up for carving.
Cream the butter and cream cheese together in a bowl and then sieve in the icing sugar. Beat well for about 3 to 5 minutes till smooth. Add red food colouring drop by drop till your desired shade is achieved.
Remove cake from fridge. For best results, print a template for Spiderman's face; I used this one. I increased the size of my template by 120% to make a slightly larger cake.
Cut out Spiderman's head from the template, then use cocktail sticks to pin onto the cake. Using a sharp knife, cut around the template so that only the head remains. Reserve the cake trimmings for another use (you can freeze them and make cake pops another day!).
Use cocktail sticks along the edge of the cake to mark where you'll need to draw in the black webbing. Likewise, use cocktails sticks to mark where the white eyes should be placed. Then, remove the template from the cake.
Cover the entire cake, including the sides, in the red icing. Don't disturb the cocktails sticks; work around them.
Roll out the fondant icing and use the template to cut out the two eyes. Transfer the eyes to the iced cake.
Using the cocktail sticks as your guide, draw the black webbing over Spiderman's face using the black decorating icing tube. Also draw around the eyes for emphasis. If you mess up, don't worry! Simply remove the black icing and cover with a little red icing, then start over.
Your cake is now ready. If not serving immediately, store in the fridge till serving.