Hello there! Today I finished a cute cake for all of you who are already thinking about ghosts and goblins & trick or treating fun! This post was actually intended for last Friday…& was going to revolve around ice cream cones frosted to look like ghosts. Such a cute idea in my mind….but not so cute in real life. Booooooooo.
The good news is that today’s topper did pass the cuteness test!
It’s our cute trick or treating ghost!
For the head, I compressed/molded a Rice Krispie Treat into a ball approximately 1 1/4 inches wide. Then, I dipped the end of a lollipop stick into a little melted candy melts and drove the stick into my rice cereal ball. This just helps to keep everything where it belongs. (If you would rather, you could do the same thing with a ball of gum paste or fondant and allow to dry firm.).
Next, I snipped a piece of 20 gauge floral wire in half and wrapped it around the lollipop stick until secure. I hooked the ends so that my ghosty could hold onto her candy bucket. You do not have to use 20 gauge….just choose something that will be stiff enough to hold it’s shape. The wire serves as “ghost arms”…and also will help to give a little movement to our ghost costume.
I smoothed a little fondant over the rice cereal treat ball. This is optional, but helps if you feel that your cereal ball is a bit lumpy.
Next, I took fondant with some tylose mixed in (gum paste would be great too, as well as a 50/50 mix of fondant and gum paste) and I rolled it nice and thin….I then draped it over the “lollipop body” we’ve made.
Do a little trimming until your fondant drapes just how you like.
Now, for the candy bucket! I had some candy pumpkins that we’ll talk about a little later. I just lopped off the top, brushed with a little piping gel so that my sprinkle “candy” would stick, and then pushed a “u” shaped wire (ends dipped in candy melts) into it.
The handle of the bucket easily hangs from the hooked hands that we made earlier. Then, for a little something extra, I added fondant shoes and a bow. The shoes make our ghost look more like a little girl dressed up in a costume rather than an actual ghost that’s hungry for candy :0)
The eyes are drawn on with a food coloring pen….and I decided to draw a face on our pumpkin bucket too!
I used my ghost within a few hours of making her, but for best results…allow to dry for a couple of days. She’ll be less fragile.
Now our topper is finished! One of the most important things about the topper is the anchor. I like an extra long anchor, and so I snipped a drinking straw to the approximate height of the cake or so, and slid the lollipop stick anchor right into it. Easy! Now our little trick or treater can stand up straight. ;0)
Now that our ghost is ready, let’s add some personality to the sides! Today, I did this with a bag of Mellocreme Pumpkins. They remind me a little of Candy Corns as far as texture, in case you haven’t seen them. Anyway, these made for a super quick pumpkin patch scene…
Then, I pressed the pumpkins into the sides of my buttercream-frosted cake. (Use a little buttercream as glue if your frosting has crusted over.)
This pumpkin border was so much fun… it only took a few minutes! That’s my kind of decoration.
Now let’s take a look at the big picture!!!
I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial– be sure to whip up a trick or treater topper or pumpkin patch sometime soon!! (Or at least, go buy a bag of Halloween candy to celebrate the fact that you have something new to put in your Halloween file!) —
Thanks for stopping by!