The stuff of birthday nightmares

Every member of my family puts in a special birthday cake request each year. Some years’ cakes are harder to make than others, and this year was a doozy for my youngest. He’s super into comics and requested a Venom cake.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, this is Venom:

Two things: 1. Effing terrifying, am I right? 2. Venom doesn’t lend himself very well to making a beautiful birthday cake. And that’s an understatement.

I wasn’t really sure how I was going to pull this one off. I searched “Venom cakes” online and found 100% fondant cakes, which I don’t normally do. Anyway, I couldn’t exclusively use fondant anyway because, as my brother once told me, “If you use fondant, then you’re not having an adventure in buttercream. You’re having an adventure in fondant. And that’s not right.” I can’t disagree.

My husband had the brilliant idea (and I’m not being facetious here about him, for the first time ever) of making my typical flower wreath cake and then “Venomizing” it. You see all those gross spindly things in the comic above? I’d somehow have to incorporate those. After a few days of thought, I decided I’d have to use a little fondant to make those black spindles, but 80% of the cake would still be buttercream, so I would, in fact, still be having an adventure in buttercream.

So I made this cake:

And after it was all pretty I did this to it:

Voilà. Venom cake. He was happy with it. I was slightly traumatized by it. A good time was had by all.

  1. Rella Zoe Kaplan

    September 11th, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Stupendous!! Venomous Birthday cake ! Grand Success! You really are so so talented as a cake decorator!!! And I bet the cakes taste delicious too!!! You’ve found yourself for sure!
    You have a rare talent! “A Cake Artist”!!!
    Bravo Congrats You are a very creative person, and your work not only looks gorgeous or “Scary” when necessary, but also tastes deliciously fabulous!

  2. Meredith

    September 13th, 2019 at 8:53 am

    Thank you so much for your kind words!!

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