Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween Series...Halloween Cupcake Tower

I am extending the Halloween series because I have a few more post to share with you and I am sure you do not want to miss them.

I am doing the happy dance here,because today Juanita of Sweet Things Blog is here showings us how to make this awesome cupcake tower and cake. I absolutely love the idea and what I like most is that I am sure any of you with or without experience is capable to do it. Juanita is a talented baker and Cake Designer in Toronto, Canada who specializes in custom designed cakes and cupcakes for all occasions. Since I discovered Juanita's blog I have been going there as one of my sources of inspiration for my own cakes. Juanita recently got marry and she created an amazing cake and  display of sweet treats for all her guest, stop by her blog and look around, you will love it.

This is Juanita...

Happy Halloween Everyone! Thank you to Kathia for putting together all these fabulous ideas to lead us into Halloween. I've enjoyed every single post and happy to share with you this Halloween Cupcake Tower.

There are 4 cupcake designs: Mummy, Gravestone, Bat in the Moon and a Ghost. The cupcakes were vanilla bean with vanilla swiss meringue buttercream.

1) Mummy - I formed the shaped of the mummy with sugarpaste and let it dry overnight. Then I cut thin slices of fondant and wrapped it around each one. Then added the eyes. These were now my inspiration for the cake.

2) Gravestone - I used my trusty Oval cutters to make the shape of the tombstone. I let them dry overnight. Then added them to another stone to stand them upright.

3) Bat in the Moonlight - I cut out gumpaste rounds and let them dry overnight. Using my oval cutter and my #12 Wilton tip - I made bat wings. Then added on a round face and the imprinted the eyes with a #2 Wilton tip.

4) Ghost - I know you've seen this popular design many times. I made cake bites (cake & buttercream mixed together) and then covered in fondant.

How to make a Mummy Cake Topper

Step 1: Stack and ice the cakes - I normally would use round cakes, but I had a 14" vanilla butter cake on hand. I cut the cake like the photo below, then iced and stacked it:

Step 2: Carve the Cake - I used the cupcake toppers as my inspiration to try to get the right shape. This was a chubby, short mummy. Remember to use a sharp knife and small cuts. Look from all angles. I was able to re-used some of the carved pieces to round out his head and make his arms.

Step 3: Ice and Cover the Cake - This cake is fun because you don't need perfectly smooth buttercream or edges. You also don't need to be a master at applying fondant. You can quickly ice the cake, then cut out long strips of white fondant and apply as if it really was a bandage. The messier, the more realistic. Now that's fun! Happy Caking!


faithy said...

Soo cute! Thanks for sharing! Your carving skills are awesome! I always love to see how you sculpt cakes! It's not easy to take step by step photos and i know you made an effort to! (i keep forgetting!!) Love the mummy! You're so creative to use all different cutters to make the tombstone, the bats etc!

Jenniffer said...

Juanita, these are SO cute! Great job!!

Sue said...

I love these! SO cute! Thanks for the instruction too:)

Hannah said...

Those cupcakes!! They are darling!

Unknown said...

This so cute!! I like the little mummies, great ideas!!

SweetThingsTO said...

Thanks again Kathia for putting this all together with all the bloggers. I'm so happy I was able to participate - it was fun!

Anonymous said...

How creative! These are the cutest little mummies and ghosts. Very nice tutorial on how to make them all too. The cupcakes look great!

Unknown said...

This is so cute! I love everything about this!

Mary Lazarides said...

Amazing tutorial!! Very clever!

Jo and Sue said...

My sister and I just did some ghost cupcakes and such but they are not nearly as lovely as your! Hopefully, with practice, we can get them to be as fantastic as yours! (Here is a link to our blog if you are interested in checking ours out - ) I absolutely love the mummies and mummy cake. We are so making those :)

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