We have a fun, easy, and CUTE new Halloween cake video to share for a Pretzel Monster Cake!
Candy coating is one of my favorite cake decorating mediums because these decorations set up so quickly, and are a fabulous way to add an extra boost of color and texture to cakes. This is definitely true in today’s cake, which features a collection of funny, colorful monsters made from a assortment of candy coating, sprinkles, and google eyes!
Pretzel monsters have been a popular dessert choice for Halloween parties over the years, but it wasn’t until recently that we realized they would also make the perfect cake decorations. We just love how our monster cake turned out! This is a great design for cake decorators of all skill levels, and kids will love to help too!
The BEST thing about making monster cakes is that anything goes! Whether your pretzel monster has a bumpy texture or smooth, one eye, five eyes, a smiley face or no mouth at all, it all works! We hope that you enjoy making this cake as much as we did– have fun!
*In this tutorial, we decorated an 8 inch cake (approximately 4 inches tall) frosted in buttercream.
Candy coating/Almond Bark/Candy Melts of choice
(We used Candiquik for most of our pretzels, tinted with Americolor Candy Coloring Gel)
Oil Based Candy Coloring (if tinting your candy coating)
Black food coloring pen (optional- I used on some of my pretzels for eyes & mouths, but they don’t always work well on candy coating. You can also pipe on dark candy coating instead for mouths, etc.)
Google eyes or sugar pearls
Candy corn or your candy of choice for the top of the cake
Miscellaneous: My cake was on a cardboard cake circle cut to the size of the cake. I crumb coated the cake as usual with an offset spatula, and then frosted the final coat of frosting and used a bench scraper to smooth out the frosting while spinning on the turntable. Piping bags, plastic spoons, waxed or parchment paper
It took about 32 pretzel monsters for me to make my way all the way around. If you don’t have time for that many monsters, this cake would also be cute with just a few monsters across the front ;0) –
As you saw in the video, I trimmed my pretzel rods with a serrated knife. The monsters were all between 4 1/2- 5 1/2 inches in height. A little variation is fine.
Pretzel monsters will set up at room temperature on their own, but if you are in a rush, you can chill them to firm them up in a few minutes.
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