Besides the Halloween Ghost cupcakes I made for my daughter’s Elementary school, I also made a two tiered Halloween cake.
I signed up for a Wilton Tiered Cakes Class at the local Michael’s store. This class was supposed to be one day before Halloween, but unfortunately it got cancelled. I was so looking forward to this class, not only to learn something new, but also to meet other cake crazy people and have a fun three hours.
Despite that, the cancellation of the class did not stop me from making the Halloween cake I planned.
My daughter’s friend gave a little party and I wanted to bring a sweet surprise.
After looking at countless cakes online to get some ideas, I settled on a two tiered cake featuring Frankenstein as the bottom tier and a mummy as the top tier. I baked two round chocolate cakes in advance and filled them with raspberry buttercream. The chocolate cake was a rich and very moist cake, which is egg and dairy free. You can find the recipe for this Chocolate Oil Cake on Allrecipe.com (http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/chocolate-oil-cake/detail.aspx). I doubled the recipe, to make two layers of a 10 inch and two layers of a 6 inch round cake.
I made one batch of Marshmallow fondant and colored it green (for the Frankenstein’s head), black (for the Frankenstein’s hair, mummy’s face and some accents). Some fondant I left white (for the mummy’s bandages). The decoration was fairly easy and the more cakes I cover with fondant the better I get. Practice makes perfect after all…
As a little accent I formed a spider out of fondant and placed it on top of the mummy.
For this cake I tried something I read in the great book “Rose’s Heavenly Cakes” by Rose Levy Beranbaum. For previous stacked cakes I used plastic dowels, but I was not completely happy with them. They were hard to cut, not even and added unnecessary cost. The book suggested using simple drinking straws instead of the hard dowels. I inserted several straws for good support and it worked out fantastically.
The cake was a great success at the party. Everybody loved it and it was delicious too. The combination of a very moist chocolate cake and raspberry buttercream was heaven. Happy Halloween!