Are you as obsessed with Halloween cakes as I am? Pastry chef Lia Weber made the unicorn cake trend spooky with this amazing unicorn witch cake for Halloween!
This post shares step-by-step decorating instructions so you can make this to serve at your Halloween party!
This post is geared specifically toward intermediate and advanced bakers. It doesn’t cover how to bake the cake or how to achieve a smooth base coat of frosting. If you need help with those topics, I strongly recommend taking some online classes or with Lia directly (if you happen to be in St. Louis).
The tutorial focuses on which colors and tools to use to get the Halloween cake look once you already have a frosted cake, with an emphasis on how to create the witch unicorn horn. The horn is a fun idea that you could use on cupcakes as well!
How to Make a Halloween Cake
Begin with whatever cake you like. I suggest my vanilla cake.
Next, frost with leaf green frosting [paid link] as the base coat.
Use round tip #3 [paid link] for the eyes.
To make the ears:
- Roll out some green and black fondant.
- Cut two larger ears out of the green fondant, using a leaf cutter [paid link] or large rose petal cutter [paid link].
- Then, using a smaller cutter and black fondant, use the same technique to cut two smaller ear shapes for the insides of the ears.
- Place the smaller black inner ear on top of the larger green ear.
- Use a dab of water underneath to glue.
- Pinch the ends together to form a crease and set in cupcake liners or a flower former [paid link] to dry.
Witch Hat / Unicorn Horn
You’ll need to get:
- black fondant [paid link]
- cake pop stick [paid link]
- small styrofoam cake dummy [paid link]
- 3-4″ round circle cookie cutter [paid link]
- orange fondant [paid link] (for the bow)
Insert a cake pop stick into a Styrofoam cake dummy, letting it stick out about 4 inches (this will help you determine how tall the hat/horn will be).
Roll out a tapered rope of black fondant.
Twist the tapered rope around the cake pop stick until you reach the top.
Roll out a piece of fondant and cut out the 3-4″ diameter round circle to use for the base of the hat.
Let the horn and base of the hat dry for several hours before placing on the cake.
Roll out a strip of orange fondant, cut into a thin ribbon. Place around the base of the hat.
Make a small orange fondant bow and glue (using small amount of water) to the orange ribbon on the front of the hat.
Lia Weber, Owner of MADE. BY LIA, creates custom-designed, from-scratch wedding cakes and specialty sweets in St. Louis, Missouri. She is an accomplished pastry chef, cake artist and winner of TLC’s Next Great Baker, Season 4, with Buddy the Cake Boss. Lia is the Baking Ambassador for AB Mauri North America, an innovative baking & technology company. She runs her business out of their BakingHub located in the Cortex district in the Central West End. MADE. BY LIA has received The Knot best of 2017 and Wedding Wire’s Couples Choice Award and is the recent winner of the Feast Magazine-Midwest Readers Choice Awards, “Pastry Chef of the Year, 2017.” Lia’s love for baking began in her mother’s kitchen & she hopes to pass on the same passion to her daughter, Ella. Someday soon, Lia plans to start a YouTube channel teaching the ‘at home baker’ simple yet delicious from scratch recipes. Until then, stay up to date on the latest cake trends by following her on Instagram @madebylia, Facebook MADE. BY LIA, and on www.madebylia.com.
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