As I mentioned in my 2014 Halloween post, I had plans for making something different for our 2015 Halloween party. I really wanted to make a building, and for this purpose, there is nothing better than creating a Halloween haunted house cake: a terror house of the Adams family kind, something really creepy and scary.
The weekend before Halloween, I sketched my cake project and started modelling the decorations for the haunted house cake: windows, shutters, doors, pumpkins, bones, skulls, blood-stained arms, tombs, and stairs. To tell the truth, I could not get a head start on work, other than modeling, baking the cake and freezing it once it had cooled. However, that did not really matter since I devoted all my spare time during the week to cookie decorating.
The day before Halloween, I made the SMB (Swiss meringue buttercream), defrosted my cakes and got started building the structure of the halloween haunted house cake. At the same time, I filled each layer of the cake with SMB. As the cake was going to be pretty high, I had to insert several plastic pillars into every 3 layers of cake. Intentionally, I built the house with a slight inclination to give it a more gloomy appearance. When I was done with the house structure, I started trimming off the cake following the pattern of my sketch. Next, I frosted the cake with SMB and popped the cake in the fridge till the next day.
I spent most of the Halloween morning and early afternoon decorating cookies, so I could not start working with the Halloween haunted house cake till 15:00 pm. And the party was about to start at 18:30 pm! I was behind schedule. How stressful!!! Thank God that Melanie, my sister-in-law, came to encourage me and help me with the party preparations. Thanks a million, Mel!
Feeling the pressure of time I went on rolling out some grey fondant and then covering the house walls. After that, I attached the windows, shutters and doors onto the cake walls using royal icing. Then, I added the stairs, made a porch, and did the tile roof. Without a doubt, this was one of the most laborious tasks of all.
To finish off, I spread lots of bones, pumpkins, tombstones and blood-stained arms over the gloomy garden surrounding the Halloween haunted house cake. Luckily, I was done with the cake a few minutes before the party. With the last minute nerves I forgot to add some painted final touches to the walls. I’ll leave that for next time!!!