When I first stumbled upon the decorated cookie I was smitten! Meaghan posts the neatest and cutest ideas… she always inspires!

She was the creator behind the Oreo cakester petits four… one of my favorite ideas of all time. I have made quite a few of these in my day, and loved it more and more every time! (cant wait for Christmas!!!)

Except this time.

I had big ideas.

GRAND ideas.

And not such a grand execution.

I just might have to chalk up this post the the #FAIL pile. (love when Bridget does those, her failures are like what I strive for in success!)

I wanted to make spider petits fours.


I think they ended up being sort of a cross between a box elder bug and a black widow.

Without the red thingy.

To make these I used Oreo Cakesters, fondant, and a little sparkle stuff for the white ones.


I cut out strips of fondant for the legs, placed them over a piece of rolled up paper to dry, and hoped they would in fact dry.

These are after FIVE days of drying, and the legs still did not holdtheirshape. I think I might need to venture out of my safe fondant world and try some gum paste. We'll see.


Heh. I was tryin' I tell ya! Tryin' to make something of these weird spider thingies!

So then I remember I had some cupcakes left over from a charity event so threw a spider on it.

(are you blown away by my mastery of theEnglishlanguage? And that sentence structure… just exquisite!)


Better? Or worse?


Wow. Not so itsy bitsy huh.

(he he)

I have ONE more Halloween inspired cake that I would love to share, but this week is crazy busy with cookies orders, so I am just hoping like crazy I can get to it. I do not think I can wait one whole year to share. Although I probably should.

I may be out of ideas after that. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion โ€“ With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments

  1. Those are brilliant! Just enough creepy mixed with cute in a twisted way. I love that they completely take over both treats!

  2. Gumpaste is your friend Amanda! ๐Ÿ˜› in the mean time I love these! Especially the cupcake one! I think the simplicity of the spider is what makes these so adorable!

  3. Your spiders look awesome! Well, as awesome as spiders can look – they’re normally kinda creepy, afterall ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think they’re equally good as petit fours and on cupcakes.
    I love all your Hallowe’en creations ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. The are cute, creepy and oh so creative. They look great on the petit fours and awesome on the cupcake, almost as if they are daring you to eat them ๐Ÿ™‚
    Noticed on your side-bar that you have entered into the LA Times Cookie Bake Off…I have cast my vote, best wishes with the contest. Your cookie and your story about them are doing very well over there ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. These are adorable, not a fail at all! It kind of looks like the spider is picking up the petit four and is going to walk away with it, which makes it all the more scary.

  6. Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow! Um, wow! Amanda! I am IN LOVE with these!!! YOU are incredible! I was actually just thinking about your sweet Christmas petit fours yesterday, but I LOVE these creepy ones, too!
    Bravo, my dear!

  7. Huh? You didn’t like the way they turned out??? I think they’re adorable! What fun. Spooky too.
    I love Them Decorated Cookie…I made her MisFortune cookies last post!

  8. Girlie, if THIS is a fail, then I’m doomed! These are awesome! Great work, as always. Hold your head high, creative diva! ๐Ÿ™‚

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