The Cutest (and Easiest!) Halloween Party Cake

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If we could still trick-or-treat and fill our own pillowcases with thousands of calories of candy, we would. No question. But apparently we're adults now, so Halloween needs to grow up a little bit too. Luckily it doesn't take much to throw together this spook-tastic centerpiece. And we have a sneaking suspicion it'll make you the star of the party.

Easy Halloween cake tutorial

For the cake:

  • Fresh cake, stacked and crumb coated
  • Orange-tinted buttercream
  • Parchment paper
  • Edible black paint (or black gel color + a little vodka)
  • Food-safe paintbrush (a stiff one)

For the ghost toppers:

  • White fondant
  • CMC fondant stabilizer
  • Edible glue
  • Small ball tool
  • CMC or tylo powder
  • Edible black sugar pearls
  • Halloween candy (optional)

Let's start with the cake

Step 1

After baking your cakes, stacking the layers and crumb coating, the decorating will only take a few minutes.

You'll just need to frost with an orange buttercream.

Step 2

Time for the black splatter effect! This is pretty easy — but before you get started, lay down parchment paper on the counter and tape it up on the walls. This gets a little messy.

You can use a pre-made edible paint, or you can mix one up at home by combining some black gel color with a little vodka.

Once you have it, dip a paintbrush into your edible black paint and flick it to create black splashes and flecks all around.

Now add the ghosts

Step 1

 
Add some CMC fondant stabilizer your white fondant. As a general rule, use 1 teaspoon of CMC per 250 grams of fondant.

Step 2

Roll a ball of fondant that's a little bigger than a golf ball. Let the heat from your hands help smooth it over and get rid of any cracks.

Then start to taper the fondant ball at one end into a fat teardrop-like shape.

Step 3

Continue to thin the tapered end by stretching and rolling it out. Then use the end of your paintbrush to curl the tip. Don't worry about consistency — it's cuter when all of these look a little different anyway.

Step 4

Use your small ball tool to make indentations for the ghosts' eyes. Then add in a tiny amount of edible glue and attach the black edible pearls.

Tip! Be careful not to add too much glue — it can seep out and stain your work, drip down your fondant pieces or make your eyeballs slide down. That's too spooky.

Step 5

Arrange all the ghosts on top of your cake and prepare to party!

Need something even faster? Use a pre-bought cake and just make the ghosts. Or make the cake and top it with purchased Halloween goodies (like ghost Peeps!).

If you've got some extra time or need a bigger cake, this can also be the top tier of a towering Halloween centerpiece.

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