Hello everyone! Today we are keeping things light and fun with our “Happy Halloweenie!” cake design! This cake features an adorable cake topper & a demonstration of tri-colored buttercream with a smooth finish.
We’ve posted several Halloween tutorials in our Blog section over the years, but we are happy to finally have our first Halloween cake video to share!
Of course the star of today’s “Happy Halloweenie” video is a dachshund…or a “wiener dog”! – Our dog cake topper is very easy to assemble, and is sure to bring smiles!
Another technique that you will learn in this video is how to smoothly frost a buttercream cake with a tri-colored effect. I hope that you enjoy the tutorial as much as we enjoyed making it! Don’t forget to scroll beneath the video for additional details!
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(In our video, we frosted an 8″ cake dummy that stood 4 inches tall, frosted with our “Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream.”)
Crusting Buttercream: Crusting is important only if you plan to do the Viva method of smoothing. We used Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream from our recipes section but any crusting recipe will do.
Coloring Gel: Americolor Orange, Electric Green, Yellow (for broom & hat buckle), Chocolate Brown
Rice Cereal Treats (I used 1 1/2 squares of pre-packaged 22g. cereal treat bars)
Pre-colored Black Fondant (optional) for cape and hat
Americolor Coloring Pen in black for eyes (you could also just paint on the eyes with coloring gel or use black sprinkles.)
Lollipop stick for broom and another for body
Halloween Confetti Sprinkles in desired colors.
Piping gel or glue of choice
Tylose (optional, but I kneaded a bit of tylose into my fondant for easier modeling.)
Toothpick or scriber needle for misc modeling techniques
Knife or xacto
small paintbrush for applying piping gel
pink petal dust (optional) for rosy cheeks
Silver hologram dust (optional) to add sparkle to the cape
Disposable piping bags
Wilton tip 2 for small details
Wilton Letter cutter set (optional)
Bench scraper for applying/smoothing frosting
Viva paper towels for smoothing (optional)
Candy Corn for a top border, black ribbon for bottom border ;0)
We used approximately 1 cup of icing per color to our (“Crumb coated” 8″ cake).
Whenever you are creating a topper from gum paste or fondant, it’s best to work at least a couple of days in advance. I was able to assemble my dog in a day, (allowing the head time to dry before adding it to the body)–but some of our members are in more humid areas which slows the dry times. To be on the safe side, and especially if you are new to figure modeling, work in advance and allow the parts to dry before assembling.
Please let us know if you have any questions!