How Do I Make This Cake...?

Baking By Debbye27 Updated 12 Oct 2015 , 1:23am by pastrypet

Debbye27 Posted 11 Oct 2015 , 5:03pm
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I've been asked to make this cake for a friend's Halloween Anniversary party....and I've been out of the cake decorating game for awhile now... so I'm a little nervous.  The cake looks fairly easy - but there are a few things I'm wondering about.

My plan is to use buttercream rather than fondant - I don't have an airbrush- but was going to pick up some of those cans of spray I've seen (never used before so I hope they work well)  I will probably make a practice cake though.  But I'm thinking I can spray the cake red, and use black around bottom to accent it.

The trim looks just like black icing with a petal tip going around it... the piping is easy - the skulls I'll just do fondant disks with royal icing.  I had thought about using my edible markers- but royal icing would be much prettier and more dynamic.  They are providing the topper....

I'm not sure about the black glaze... I've had excellent results using a chocolate laquour glaze I found on here years ago--- but this glaze looks black- and almost not like a glaze at all--- can someone tell what it is? It's also too thick looking to be a glaze in my opinion-  does anyone know how that is done?

Thanks for any and all advice :)


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Debbye27 Posted 11 Oct 2015 , 5:04pm
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561a969747495.jpegI bet you'd like to see the pic ;)

Debbye27 Posted 11 Oct 2015 , 5:05pm
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Oh - and what are those jewel like things used as eyes and decorations in piping???  Any idea?

Brookebakescake Posted 11 Oct 2015 , 5:27pm
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I've used the spray paint cans, and i really liked them.  I think you'll get the effect you want.  I would start with a darker color buttercream for your base, so that you don't have to spray paint as much.  Start with a red or even brown buttercream, and spray the red on top.  It'll deepen the red spray paint color. 

The drips look like royal icing to me. The scallops at the bottom of each tier look like buttercream, but the drips look like royal.


I think you're right about doing royal on the skulls, it'll stand out more.


You could use the same spray paint, but in silver, to make those eyes.  Just dots of royal, paint 'em silver, then attach.

Debbye27 Posted 11 Oct 2015 , 8:43pm
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Awesome advice--- I really appreciate it--- I'll start with a darker brown frosting so that I get that deep red - love that idea.  And royal icing on the sides sounds much easier and I can make it black - and I have silver to make those eyes---   you've helped me immensely - thanks!

-K8memphis Posted 11 Oct 2015 , 9:36pm
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you can get black cocoa powder to make the buttercream for the borders -- if it was me i'd use it to make a glaze too 

http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/items/black-cocoa-12-oz

it's really blacker than the picture makes it look -- usually available on amazon also

pastrypet Posted 12 Oct 2015 , 1:23am
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Eyes: silver dragees.

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