I was hoping to blog about my Halloween creations at the weekend but I was crazy busy with cakes and Halloween gatherings.
This year I was invited to my friend Jens Halloween birthday party which was a fantastic evening and everyone came dressed in some fantastic outfits. The theme was famous dead people and I opted to be Marie Antoinette who famously said ‘Let them eat cake’. I thought it was very appropriate.. I wanted to bring along a glamorous Halloween cake so I went with my favourite ruffle design with some sugarpaste creations including a pumpkin, bats and black roses.
Here is my cake.
The inside consisted of alternate layers of rich chocolate sponge and vanilla sponge cake with alternate layers of vanilla buttercream and chocolate ganache. YUM! I have blogged about my preferred chocolate cake recipe before in my Easter Cake blog post. The recipe quite comfortably make 3 x 8” layers. I will give details of my vanilla sponge recipe in a blog post soon. Also, I keep meaning to do some tutorials but I either don’t get the time or I forget.. The best tutorial for the ruffle design I used for my first ruffle cake is detailed in my buttercream ruffles and roses cake blog post . Once you get the hang of the ruffle technique it is such a simple but very effective technique to turn a buttercream cake into a vision of beauty.
On the roses I sprayed some black lustre to give them a sheen. I should have done this before I attached them to the cake as I got some of the black lustre on my ruffles but it wasn’t too noticeable. Something to remember for next time.
Here is a picture of a few of us at the party.
Jen made her fantastic gingerbread biscuits in the shape of coffins and skeletons which as always tasted and looked amazing. Jen has a biscuit business called B is for Biscuit and you can see more of her work by visiting her website, www.bisforbiscuit.com.
My second Halloween project this year was some decorated pumpkin cookies requested by my boyfriends niece for a Halloween party they are having today. Cookie projects are fun!
We dropped these cookies off on Sunday and while we were there we did lots of pumpkin carving which is something we do every year and it turns into a bit of a competition between my boyfriend, his brother and I. This year their oldest son Jamie joined in and he did a fantastic job carving a dragon. I hate to say it but I definitely didn’t win this year. My boyfriend produced an unbelievable ET and Jamie helped him add an LED light to ET’s finger to give it a glow.. genius. Here are some pictures:
My attempts were the spiders web and Phineas and Ferb. I got a bit carried away and even signed one of them..
Happy Baking Everyone!