This is a cake of Spider Man's bust made by Cake Central member Arielatl (who may or may not be a mermaid in Atlanta). As you can see, she's pretty good at making lines with icing. Me? I'm terrible at it. One time I was supposed to spell 'Happy Birthday Jason" on a cake and it ended up reading "Choke and die, dickhead" To my credit though, it was a cheap icing bag.
For those who would like to know :) I started with a dummy head, and used fondant to build it out to look like his face, then covered it with fondant, cut the eyes out of fondant, covered it in webbing, and let it dry for a few days. Then, I filled and stacked two 10″ cakes for the middle, and split an 8″ cake into quarters for the shoulders. Then, I carved the sharp edges and the slope and indent for the chest. Next, I crumb-coated the whole bottom, and covered in fondant. I cut a shallow circle the size of the head base in the top of the cake, and set it in with 2 dowels. I then finished the rest of the webbing on the body, and cut the spider out of fondant. I hope this helps! :)
Whoa whoa whoa -- a dummy head? That's a choking hazard! So it's basically just a shoulder cake with an iced mannequin head on top. That's...okay I would still eat that. BUT ONLY BECAUSE I'M FAT.
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Thanks to Erin, who would have made the head of cake and the body out of sheet metal.