So a friend from work was having her daughter’s birthday party a couple of weeks ago, and they decided to do a Halloween theme. She had seen this cake in the Taste of Home magazine, the Halloween edition. Knowing that I like to cook, she asked if I could make the cake for her. Of course I jumped at the chance. I had seen this particular cake a few times over the last few years and always thought it was so cute. I was excited to give it a whirl. Excited as I was, I was equally anxious about doing the piping. It was my first time to pipe icing (mainly her hair). Note: To those who have never piped icing, FYI-don’t try to pipe it all at once. Your hand will warm up that butter cream so fast and it will cause the icing to droop. I recommend filling 2 bags of the purple and pipe half of her hair with one and leave the other in the fridge and then pipe the other half with the one on reserve in the fridge. The hair looked pretty good after a few touch ups. All in all, it didn’t look too shabby!
The recipe itself was very easy to follow and although you use a store-bought cake mix, the icing is homemade. And very tasty I might add. I only used the 6 cups of sugar and had more than enough icing. I do suggest reserving more of the white icing as I ran out before I could finish piping it and had to spread it to fill in the gap. As you can see, it did not affect the outcome. I also had to improvise on all the candy that was suggested to use to “dress her up” because most of the candy I could not find.
The cake was a hit when I delivered it. Mom and birthday girl thought it was the greatest thing. And, well, that is what is what is most important. I of course worried about all the little imperfections. My husband told me to stop being so hyper critical because it looked great. She did look very cute! I would definitely recommend this to all levels of baking skill. This cake may make a reappearance next Halloween!