How to Decorate a Witch Cake

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How to Decorate a Witch Cake
Celebrate Halloween with a spooky witch cake. (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Trick and treat with a spooky cake decorated like a witch. Satisfy the need for a thrill with a haunting witch cake and then treat your friends and family by cutting up your creation at your next Halloween party. Make a simple witch-decorated cake with buttercream icing and coloured sugar, or go all out by creating a creepy witch with rolled fondant and food colouring. Whichever decoration you decide on, your witch cake can be the highlight of your party.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Cup measurement
  • White buttercream icing
  • Icing knife
  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • Poster board
  • Dark-coloured marker
  • Black or orange coloured sugar
  • White fondant
  • Confectioners' sugar
  • Water
  • Rolling pin
  • Sharp knife
  • Cookie cutters
  • Vodka
  • Food colouring
  • Paintbrush

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    Coloured Sugar Cake

  1. 1

    Place a single layer of a round 9 inch cake on a decorative plate. Place 1/2 cup of white buttercream icing on the surface of the cake and spread it flat with an icing knife.

  2. 2

    Put a second layer of cake over the first. Repeat the process with a 1/2 cup of icing, spreading the icing smoothly around the sides and surface of the cake. Add more frosting to create a thick layer.

  3. 3

    Dip the icing knife in hot water and dry off quickly. Use the hot knife to glide against the top of the cake to create a flat surface.

  4. 4

    Print out a silhouette image of a which. Cut the image out with scissors. Place the cut image on a sheet of poster board and trace around the edges with a dark-coloured marker. Poke a hole in the centre of the image with the scissors and carefully cut around the outline of the image. This will make a stencilled shape of your witch image.

  5. 5

    Lay the poster board lightly on top of the frosted cake, centring the stencil on the cake. Pour black or orange coloured sugar over the stencil to fill the opening of the poster board.

  6. 6

    Lift the poster board gently and move it away from the cake. Use extra frosting and the icing knife to touch up smudged areas of the cake.

    Fondant Witch

  1. 1

    Lightly frost a two layer cake with 1/2 cup of buttercream icing. Use an icing knife to thinly coat or dirty ice the cake to create an adhesive for the fondant covering.

  2. 2

    Dust a work area with confectioners' sugar and roll a large ball of white fondant 1/8 inch thin with a rolling pin.

  3. 3

    Lift the fondant off the work surface and gently drape it over the cake. Use an icing knife to smooth the fondant over the cake. Trim around the base with a sharp knife.

  4. 4

    Roll another large ball of white fondant 1/8 inch thin on a prepared work surface. Cut out the shape of a witch's face, a hat shape and shapes for the eyes, nose and mouth. Use cookie cutters to create geometric shapes.

  5. 5

    Dab the back of the face shape with buttercream icing. Position it on the surface of the cake and pat down with an icing knife to secure. Place small amounts of buttercream icing on the back of each cut shape and arrange them to create the witch's face.

  6. 6

    Paint the witch's features. Place 2 teaspoons of vodka in a small bowl and add several drops of food colouring. Create one or two colours at a time to avoid evaporation. With a small paintbrush, paint in the details of the cake. Use black for the hat, eyes and the mole, green for the face and nose, and a dark red for the mouth.

  7. 7

    Allow the food colouring to dry. Alcohol will evaporate quickly, but allow the cake to completely dry for several hours before moving.

Tips and warnings

  • Add a tablespoon of water to stiff fondant to make it more pliable.
  • Use caution when using alcohol and feeding children.

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