I know it’s a month after Halloween, but I thought I would share about the cake I attempted for Halloween this year. I usually play Bunko the month of October with my Mom and some of her friends, and every October they dress up for Halloween. Mom decided to be a skeleton this year and I was a gossamer ghost. The only thing more festive than dressing up was….to make a Halloween cake of course 😛 lol.
I decided to make a cauldron of eyeball soup. Sounded gross, scary, fun, and colorful all at the same time. Plus I found eyeball gumballs at the dollar store; so it all worked out, lol. Mom ended up making a cheese ball coated in crushed Doritos and topped with a bell pepper stem to look like a pumpkin. She found it on Pinterest 🙂 I thought it was pretty darn cute.
For the cake I baked two 2 inch yellow cakes with green food coloring to make the cake seem like the insides of the cauldron. I then cut one of the 9 inch cakes smaller to about a 7 inch circle. I saved the extra edges. I placed the other cake on top of the 7 inch circle and then carved so it would more resemble a cauldron shape. I used the extra edges to create the lip of the cauldron. Also, I thought cherry pie filling would be a really good filling for this cake because it sort of resembled squishy, bloody eyeballs (ewwwwwwwww, grosss, lol). So I piped a dam of icing between the two cake layers and placed cherry pie filling in the middle while I was constructing the cauldron.
I then iced the cake in dark gray buttercream. I also mixed up some green, orange, and brown icing. I piped brown icing on the bottom for the cauldron’s firewood, and I used a tooth pick to makes strips through the icing to give a wood-like texture. I striped a piping bag with red coloring and then filled it with orange icing. When I piped that out it was a mix of orange and red for the cauldron’s fire. I had some left over cherry pie filling so I put some on top of the cake. Then I went to piping out the gobs of green goo on the top of the cauldron. I used a tip 12, large circle tip for this. I used that tip for most of everything, except the fire; I used a medium to small shell tip for the fire. After the gobs of green goo were on, I placed the candy eyeballs on top. I felt it needed more color, so I mixed up some purple icing and piped on purple ‘bubbles’ bulging out of the eyeball goo.
Now I considered the cake done, however….lol, the cake had some other ideas. My mom got to my house to get ready for the party, and by then the cake was already starting to lean a bit. You can kind of see that in this picture.
Then right when I got to our friend Chris’s house for Bunko, half the cake toppled over in the cake holder! The filling was too much for the soft cake I had made, and I had not piped on a thick enough icing dam in between the layers of cake. The cherry pie filling oozed out in real Halloween fashion, and then the cake just couldn’t take it I guess, lol. The only consolation was this cake was made for friends and they didn’t care. The cake still tasted great to them, and the cherry pie filling just made it look ‘bloody’ and more in the Halloween spirit. Here is a pic of what it looked like at the beginning.
I take this as a learning experience to be sure and make a stronger
cake before trying to add filling. Also, never try un-tested recipes before going somewhere, as well as build a strong icing dam in between cake layers for filling. With these lessons, bring on the next ghoulish cake! 🙂