Monday, January 24, 2011

Halloween Spider Cake

I must have been on a cake roll because after I finished my friends cake, I decided I needed to surprise my boys with a Halloween cake.  

Let's just say that purple fondant is NOT an easy accomplishment!  It probably took me a good 45 minutes to get this color the way I wanted it (mixing blue and red food gel).  One day, maybe I can afford an airbrush kit so I don't have to spend so much time coloring the fondant.  

After struggling with the purple, I had to attempt the web.  I wasn't having a steady hand day so it was quite hard to get the web to look ok.   

The spider was a lot of fun.  I used lots of gumtex in the head and body to help hold the round shape.  I made that a day in advance to give it time to dry.  The legs I just rolled into ropes and formed them onto the sides.  In order to get more than one thing the same size, it helps to make equal size balls of fondant before shaping them.  I then added the eyes and the fangs to complete the look. 

The pumpkins I made into different sizes and carved lines into them.  Some of them I added just stalks and others both stalks and leaves.  The leaves were a little tricky because they were so small.  They did add such a great touch to them though.  For some of them I added some vine and attached them to the pumpkin plants.  Finally, I added some graham cracker crumbs for dirt to give it the finishing touch.  You can really by looking at the picture on the right how all the small details really make the cake what it is.                                                                                                                                                                                                  


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