I started this Tombstone cake with a Wilton 12x15 sheet cake pan and trimmed the upper edge to a curved shape. I iced the entire cake with light grey buttercream icing. The letters, angel, roses and leaves were molded candies made from Wilton candy melts. The angel was made from a plastic mold I found at Hobby Lobby. It's not a candy mold but worked perfectly.
The letters, leaves and roses were made from candy molds. I used dark chocolate candy melts and added Candymaker black coloring gel I found at Hobby Lobby. To make the black buttercream I used for the vine, I added Wilton black color gel. To get a true black (or red), you must use an entire small container of the gel and tint at least 24 hours prior to using as the colors deepen as it "rests".
The cake is really easy to make it's the candy decorations that are the most time-consuming but it's worth it for the depth it adds to the cake.Everyone who saw it said it gave them "the shivers" because it looked so realistic.
I was having a Halloween party and made this Halloween Graveyard Cake. It came out pretty cool. The head stones, skeletons, pumpkins and animals are made out of fondant (make all the fondant figures a couple of days prier to assembly). I used butter cream for the grass and crushed chocolate animal cracker cookies for the dirt.
After frosting top and sides of cake with green butter cream, us the widest, flattest part of a butter knife to make grass stand up a little, on the top of cake only (touch and pull straight up). Scoop crushed cookies up in your hand and apply to sides of cake.
For grave sites just mound up the cookies like a fresh grave. Then apply fondant figures, as much or as little as you like. Remember to prep all figures a couple days before assembly. Note: the skeleton hands/arms have tooth pick in them because I make them so small.
Hope you have as much fun as I did creating this grave yard!
My friend shares her birthday with Halloween, so I decided to carry on with that theme and make her a graveyard birthday cake.
I baked (I believe) a 10" round x 2 and sandwiched them together using jam. I then iced them using regular chocolate frosting from a can on the top and orange around the sides. I purchased some Frankenstein/monsters/pumpkins that are always around at that time of year and some Milano cookies, to use as gravestones and wrote messages on them with edible paint/pen.
I then crumbled up a few Oreo cookies to make it look like dirt, that the monsters had disturbed. I bought a little haunted house from the local dollar shop that lit up. I also put some skeleton candies around the sides of the cake. And finally dressed a purple ribbon around it.
It was very easy to do, and searched the internet for different ideas and then added things to make it more suitable for my friend.
On a 1/4 sheet double layered chocolate cake, I iced the entire graveyard cake with white buttercream. I covered the top of the cake in Oreo cookies to create the dirt effect.
To make the fence, I placed parchment paper down and created a fence with melted chocolate. When it dried, I simply placed it around the entire cake. The good thing about a graveyard cake is that nothing has to be perfect, so if the fence comes out crooked, it creates an even more spooky effect.
The small tombstones are made from Milano cookies and iced in gray. The large tombstone is a graham cracker iced in gray as well. I sprayed the entire cake with black food coloring to give the dull, gray look. Colored icing and gel writers were used for the wording.
The ghosts, skeletons and cat on the fence were accessories I purchased from the cake store.