How to Make Decorations for Halloween Cakes

decorations for Halloween cake

A collection of fun Halloween cake decorations can turn a simple orange and black cake into a kooky culinary creation. From ghosts to ghouls to jack o'lanterns and creepy trees, making just about any kind of edible scene is possible with creativity and the right decorations.

Eyeballs

Fondant eyeballs

Eyeballs are some of the simplest and most fun decorations to make. They can add a touch of gruesome imagination and make the perfect addition to your Halloween cake design or zombie party confections.

  1. First, break off ping pong ball sized pieces of white fondant. Roll them between your hands or on a hard surface until they are smooth and rounded.
  2. Then use pre-tinted fondant to add a small circle of color in the center of the eye. Bright zombie green or eerie red can be a lot of fun.
  3. Add black pupils of black fondant in the center of the colored circles.
  4. Next, roll several skinny pink or red fondant ropes. Secure the ropes to the back of each eyeball.

Spiders

Pipe on spiders with black buttercream or make them with fondant and candies. Then situate them in a web of royal icing or even a cotton candy nest stretched across your cake.

Fondant and Candy Spiders

fondant spider cake decoration for Halloween
  1. Roll a small piece of black fondant into a ball to form the spider's body.
  2. Break off eight small, equal-sized pieces of pull-and-peel black licorice. Secure them all around the spider's body with dabs of black buttercream. Alternately, roll more black fondant into small, narrow ropes, break the ropes into pieces, and use the pieces as spider legs.
  3. Create eyes using untinted fondant and bits of black fondant for the eyes.

Buttercream Spiders

  1. Using a number 4 piping tip and black or brown frosting, pipe a thick ball of icing on your cake.
  2. Just above the first section of your spider, add another smaller, rounded bead for the head.
  3. With a small writing tip, number 2 or 3, pipe four legs on either side of the spider body.
  4. Pipe beads of white buttercream for the eyes, and add a smaller bead of dark icing for the pupils.

Skulls

fondant skulls cake decorations for Halloween

Skull decorations can be flat or three-dimensional. If you use inedible decorations or let your fondant dry before placing it on cakes, you can reuse the skulls for Day of the Dead confections as well.

  1. To make a 3-D skull decoration, start with a rounded ball of white fondant that is rolled smooth.
  2. Slightly elongate the ball of white fondant to give it more ovular appearance.
  3. Mold the fondant using your fingers or utensils to make indentions for the eyes, nose, and mouth.
  4. Roll out black fondant and cut small facial accents from it to press into eye and nose cavities to add dimension to your skull.
  5. For an added bit of ghoulishness, detail the skull with "blood" by tinting clear piping gel red with food coloring and applying tiny drips around the eyes or mouth.

Ghosts

Ghosts make great additions to graveyard cakes. They can be created with simple fondant techniques.

Fondant Ghosts

fondant ghost
  1. Roll out white fondant and cut it into squares.
  2. Drape the squares over cake pops or lollipops to create ghost sheets.
  3. Cut eyes and mouths and apply them to the sheets by brushing a little water on the backs to help them stick.

Buttercream Ghosts

frosting ghost decoration for cupcake
  1. Using a piping bag affixed with an open tip number 4 or 5, pipe a wavy, rounded figure on your cake. Be sure to bring the icing down to a point to create a tail-like appearance.
  2. Use black buttercream to create rounded, dark eyes and a mouth of your choice.

Pumpkins and Jack O'Lanterns

If there is one icon that represents Halloween it is the jack o'lantern. Creating pumpkins with silly faces can be a lot of fun, whether you are using buttercream, fondant, or any other method you choose. These little orange creations can be plopped on haunted cakes or piped on a cupcake.

Fondant Pumpkins

fondant pumpkin on cupcake
  1. Roll a ball of orange fondant the size of your choice until it is fairly pumpkin shaped and smooth.
  2. Use a knife or edged fondant tool to press creases around the pumpkin vertically to create a sectioned look.
  3. Add a stem with a small piece of green-tinted fondant.

Buttercream Pumpkins

  1. Use a tip number 4 or 5 to create a rounded ball of icing.
  2. Use a tip 2 to create a small stem.
  3. Create a face for your pumpkin using small writing tips number 1 or 2 and either buttercream or royal icing in colors that you prefer. Do not be afraid to veer away from the triangle eyes and nose. Use your imagination to create fun and silly jack o'lanterns.

Fondant Bats

fondant bats

Bat decorations are easy to make from chocolate fondant.

  1. Roll balls of fondant into the size you want your bats' bodies to be.
  2. Insert cake pop sticks.
  3. Cut eye shapes from bits of white and chocolate fondant and stick them to the bodies using a brush of water on the backs.
  4. Cut out wing shapes from more fondant.
  5. Using a knife, create a small slit to insert the edge of each wing. Brush the slit with a little water and gently insert the wings and lay the bats flat so the wings can dry and stiffen enough to hold their shape.

Witches Legs

witch legs decoration for cupcake

There is no better way to add some creepy fun to a cake than with a witch's legs. You'll need dark and white chocolate sticks, or striped, rolled wafer cookies, and some black-tinted fondant.

  1. Shape the witch shoes from the black fondant. Use any technique you like to make them look the way you want.
  2. Gently push them onto one end of each of your striped "legs."
  3. Carefully insert the legs into your cake or cupcakes.

Zombie Finger Cookies

Halloween cake decoration zombie fingers
  1. Mix up your favorite sugar cookie recipe or use ready-made dough.
  2. Using your hands, roll balls of dough into finger shapes.
  3. Add wrinkes on the knuckles using the back of a butter knife.
  4. Press pistacio nut shells into the finger tips for nails.
  5. Lightly brush on some slightly thinned chocolate syrup to create "dirt" any where you want it.
  6. Bake according to the recipe/package directions.
  7. Add strawberry gel to the ends of the fingers if you want additional details.

Get Creative

One of the best things about Halloween is how much it encourages self-expression and creativity. If the above ideas don't fit what you have in mind, brainstorm some of your own. Decorating is always more fun with others, so get kids and friends involved for a truly spook-tacular experience.

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