I needed to top my Choc-Roach cake from last year (2008)for my office Halloween Carry-in. I decided to build a Homemade House of Horrors Cake, which morphed into a torture chamber.
It's constructed of vanilla creme wafers, held together with melted chocolate. The turrets are two kinds of ice cream cones, also coated in chocolate (of course!).
The bodies and parts are fondant, as is the guillotine slab, the basket (woven, and formed over a thimble), the blade (rolled thin, allowed to harden a little, then cut to shape), and the flames.
The blood is from a tube of red decrating gel. The "rope" holding the body on the spit is angel hair spaghetti that I soaked in a little water with a tea bag for about 8 hours. I also added a chocolate loin cloth to preserve the victim's modesty. I used Piroutte cookies for the uprights on the guillotine and the spit.
There's graham crackers used in the guillotine for support, and a chocolate-covered graham for the base of the fire. A 1-to-1 ratio of chocolate and plain grahams were crushed for the dirt; some shredded wheat biscuits for the hay in the corners (on which some bloody body parts have been tossed).
There are mini peanut butter cups used as risers for the guillotine, as well as the base into which the pretzel spikes are jammed (see the heads outside). Chocolate rocks, frosting, and candy skeleton parts finish off the outside.
I tried to attach a full skeleton to one of the turrets, but he fell off an into the frosting, where I decided to leave him.
I made this cake for my daughter's Halloween party for her grade 1 class party at school. The house is made out of homemade gingerbread that I made and cut out from a template I drew on cardboard and the cake is a homemade pound cake.
Be sure to use lots of icing to assemble your gingerbread house. Also let it dry for at least 6 hours before placing on the base cake. The tree was a plastic tree from the local store. I made the pumpkin patch from candy pumpkins. I also used plastic rocks. Candy corn was also used for decorating.
You need to use a very heavy cake for the base as the gingerbread house is heavy and will sink down into the base if the bottom is not a heavy cake. The black icing is very messy as the color seems to stain your fingers.
Jelly beans were also used as decorations. The cake was a huge hit and now I have been appointed the official cake maker for all occasions for school.
Since my son's birthday is in the beginning of October, and Halloween is his favorite holiday, it was only a matter of time before he requested a Halloween style birthday. We opted for a Haunted House Birthday Cake.
I found a Wilton Cake pan that was already a haunted house and followed the basic cake making instructions. I made a large batch of homemade buttercream frosting and then separated into smaller bowls so that I could create the colors used on the birthday cake. I used a traditional star shaped Wilton tip for the purple coloring ( main part of house) and a basket tip for the roof, door way areas.
The most important tool I used to keep areas smooth, is a large butter knife and hot water! To add some creative spots I bought a pre-package Halloween candies ( normally for cupcakes) and added them to the cake, and candy corns on the sides.
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