As he was born the day before Hallowe'en, his first party was going to be Hallowe'en related. We'll see about future Hally-related parties once he reaches the Age of Reason...but in the meantime, his Mummy gets her way! (heehee...)
My sister and I used Pinterest to inspire us for what kind of cake would be the most awesome for the party; we must have looked through a thousand pictures between the two of us. We chose elements from a few of those cakes we loved the best, and with a few parameters (non-scary, at least one layer to be chocolate, and for about 25 people), I went to work!
While Erinith was working on the punkins, I was busy working on the other 2-D and 3-D elements of the
cake. There were the fondant bats, which I made a quick template from some cardboard (I strongly recommend using strong cardstock instead of corrugated cardboard like I did; I had forgotten that I gave away all my cardstock to our Beaver colony for crating purposes and had to make do with what I had on hand). Luckily, I wanted them a little rough-looking, so it didn't matter that there were some corrugation lines on them when I was done. I set them to dry in such a way that they would curl a bit at the edges, so they would look like they were flying away from the cake once they were glued in place.
I also was inspired by a spooky house I saw on another Hallowe'en cake, and found a similar line drawing online that I could use to emulate it. I followed the same process as with the black layer of the "BOO!", but then I left it to dry on a piece of paper which I then taped to the outside of a round cake tin, in order to allow it to dry in a curve thatwould fit the contours of the finished cake. I also knew that it was so fragile, I could carefully remove any parts of the design I didn't want (or wouldn't fit) by using the exacto knife. I also cut out a thin circle of yellow and let dry for a spooky moon, and some windows and a door for the haunted house.
The best little thing I made for my nephew's cake, hands down, is a tiny little fondant mummy, wearing a cute little blue bowtie! I saw the most adorable little gumpaste mummy on a different cake, and thought I'd take the inspiration and make one for the top of the cake.
This mummy is held up by a toothpick through the top to the bottom of the body, with another toothpick through the arms for stability. I don't normally use non-food items on a cake, but I knew that fondant is so heavy and soft, and I found that my gumpaste had dried out to my chagrin, so I really wanted this little guy to work out!
SO, without further ado, here is the Halloween cake in all its gory glory! I left a space on the top in case there was a birthday candle or something that the parents wanted to add to the cake.