Chocolate Spider Web {Cake in a Jar}

filed under: Cakes on September 18, 2011

Spiders in jars.  Spider webs made from chocolate.  Black and orange everywhere.  It must be ‘that’ time of year!!

(I also made spiders and webs in 2009 on petite fours!)

chocolate spider web cake in jar

It’s Halloween!  Well.  In like a month and a half it is.

But its definitely fall… and I adore fall.

What I don’t adore about fall is every spider known to man trying to make its way into my house so it will not perish in the bitter winters of Minnesota.

I digress.

I wanted to do something fun with cake in a jar and also wanted to add a little somethin somethin to the outside.  So I found a way to write messages or pictures on the inside of the jar as well as add lots and lots more calories with chocolate on top!

It was a good day in my kitchen.

And it can be a good day in your kitchen too.  These are super easy!

To write on the inside of a jar I used a chocolate cake and made a white cake to fill the jars with.  If you don’t want to make two separate cakes, simple reserve about 1/4 cup of your white cake and use food coloring to tint brown or black.

One cake recipe made approximately six jars.


After I piped the cake into the jar, I popped it into the microwave for eight seconds.  Maybe ten seconds, but no longer.  I just wanted the chocolate batter to set in place so it wouldn’t fall when I poured the white cake batter in.

I added 1/2 cup of white cake to the jar and then baked for about 20 minutes in a 350-degree oven.

This was tricky… some baked fully in 18 minutes, some took about 25 minutes.  It really depended on where it was placed in my oven.  So just keep a close eye on them!

And if writing inside your jars isn’t enough, I am also gonna show you how to make chocolate spider webs that fit snuggly over the rim of your jar!




You do not NEED to use a wide mouth jar for the chocolate spider web, I just prefer it.

Just popped them in the microwave for 30-second intervals until the chocolate was completely melted.


I grabbed the jar with my left hand, then slowly moved the rubber band from the jar to my wrist.

While the chocolate is sturdy, if it ever broke it was when I was removing the rubber band.  So be careful during that process!


Seriously that easy.  Less than ten minutes from beginning to end!

I also piped out BOO! and a pumpkin and other fun stuff for the kids.


While the words are fun (you know I am so excited to do jars with red velvet Christmas greetings in them!) I think my kids liked the spiders best.

Ok, ok, so did I.


But do grab yourself a spoon and tell the kids to ‘break’ into their jars.

They are as fun to eat as they are to make!


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  • Liz @ Southern Charm says:

    So creative!!! Love love love!!

  • Amy's blah, blah, blogging says:

    Oh my word! I cannot believe how adorable this is. Love, love, love this idea. Knowing me I’d break every spider web, but oh would this be adorable to give as little gifts!

  • Wenderly says:

    I so LOVE this!!!!!!!

  • aiesha says:

    thats soo cute the spider web acts like lid on the jar <3

  • Emily says:

    So fun!

  • Jen says:

    Wow… This is absolutely brilliant, Amanda. LOVE the spider webs on the tops of the jars.

  • Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction says:

    Wow… This is absolutely brilliant, Amanda. LOVE the spider webs on the tops of the jars.

  • Sue says:

    Amanda, So cute and creepy at the same time~perfect Halloween fare! Love your spider webs!

  • FunkySteph says:

    Great! I really loveit and will probably try it.

  • Josee says:

    Why not use scissors to snip the rubberband off?

  • Mamie says:

    You are a genius! These are awesome.

  • Alison says:

    This is absolutely incredible! So, so creative! I just featured this post on my blog today:
    Thanks for inspiring!

  • Amanda says:

    Josee-great suggestion! I will have to try that!

  • Fresh One Love says:

    You are very talented. May God continue to bless your imagination and hands. 🙂

  • Molly says:

    i am so ridiculously excited for halloween! this is definitely on my list of treats and techniques to test out this year!

  • SamCynsEdible says:

    Love this!! You’re just brilliant!

  • aida mollenkamp says:

    So adorable! Great tips on the spider web too!

  • grace says:

    brilliant, amanda. the writing on the jar, the formed spider web, the orange cake–you’ve thought of it all AND done it all so well!

  • Lovelyxbones says:

    You are so so so clever!!

  • Erin says:

    How completely cool is this!!! Pinned it!

  • Erin @ Making Memories says:

    How completely cool is this!!! Pinned it!

  • Alley says:

    I may have to try these this year!

  • TidyMom says:

    Thanks for linking up Amanda! I featured your post in my wrap up Have a great rest of the weekend!

  • Angie-Bigbearswife says:

    that is so neat!

  • bridget {bake at 350} says:

    Amanda….I have to tell you…I somehow missed this post. So, over the weekend, I was baking, hubby was on the computer and he calls out…”Those spiderweb jars on I am Baker are really cool!” 😉 I guess I’m not your only fan in this house! 😉