To ice a cake for a specific Halloween party, first consider the demographic of the guests. For more conservative guests or guests with small children, save your macabre ingenuity for that adult Halloween party you plan to attend. Utilise your design expertise and whimsical sense of humour for the kids using seasonal candy and baking items from your nearest pharmacy or party store. With the options available for decorating, your cake will stand out.
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"G"-Rated Halloween Cake
For a tame party that children are attending, ice your cake with them in mind. From ghosts to pumpkins and autumn leaves, almost endless possibilities exist for ideas to incorporate into your design. Use sharp contrasting colours such as orange on chocolate icing, outlined with white, or orange on white, outlined with dark chocolate. Choose a "centrepiece" for your cake, such as a pumpkin or a haunted house; if you are artistic, paint it on. Or, opt to use Halloween greeting cards as inspiration and ice Halloween greetings onto the cake for a special touch. Add rows of candy corn to surround the words and small decorations like candy corn pumpkins or ghost marshmallow candies.
For a graveyard cake, mould fondant into spooky trees and gravestones. Use small round cake moulds to create a pumpkin or a full moon. Use a large sheet cake pan for the graveyard cake and draw the outline of a haunted house; cut the cake in that shape. Ice the cake with blue or brown icing; sprinkle with coconut coloured with a mixture of orange and blue food colouring to make a brownish hue. Add whimsical candies and marshmallow ghosts behind the gravestones.
Bloody Eyeball Cake
Bake a red velvet cake in a bowl-shaped pan such as a soccer ball cake pan or an overproof bowl. Invert the cake onto a round dish, and after it cools, cut out a hole, as perfectly round as possible, in the top of the cake. Ice with white frosting. Prepare red gelatin, and while it's still warm, add a few drops of black food colouring; mix to make the gelatin have a more authentic "blood" colour. Do not let the gelatin congeal; instead, immediately pour it on top of the cake, letting it pool around the cake on the plate. Pour green gelatin into the hole on top of the cake; allow it to congeal. After it is almost congealed, add a few drops of black food colouring into the middle of the green to create a "pupil." Dip a small paintbrush in the pupil to paint squiggly lines onto the eyeball to achieve that authentic bloodshot-eye look.
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