The cake is made up of 6-and 10-inch tiers. I cut the sides at an angle to give it a more whimsical feel. Then, I carved the staircase out of the side of the 10-inch tier. The whole thing was iced in buttercream and covered with fondant. Next, I airbrushed it with both blue and purple so that the cake got darker towards the top.
The pumpkin topper was made of Styrofoam so I was able to do that ahead of time. When the cake was ready, I just stuck the pumpkin on top and added leaves & vines.
To create the stone staircase, I rolled out some grey fondant and pressed it into a cobblestone pattern mat. Then, I just laid it over the carved staircase.
The house was hand-cut out of black gum paste that I had rolled to about 1/16-inch thickness.
The trees & fences were made the same way as the house.
To make the pumpkins, I rolled orange fondant into a ball and pressed a straight edge in the side to create the pattern. I rolled a small snake of green fondant and curled it slightly for the vines and stuck a small piece of brown fondant on top for the stem.
The spiderwebs were made with royal icing and tip 1. Hint: this tip is SUPER small so it will save you a lot of frustration if you make sure you don't have any large sugar crystals in your icing that will clog the tip. I like push my royal icing through the foot of some unused pantyhose to do this.
Adam & I went to a costume party last night. Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures, but Adam was Capt'n Jack Sparrow and I was Rainbow Brite! Do you know who Rainbow Brite is? She was an adorable cartoon character from the 80s - check this out.
1. Vote for me at Iron Cupcake Earth: Music! Voting ends noon central time on November 5th.
2. If you live in the Gainesville area, we're having a cake get-together tomorrow, November 1st 2-4pm. Check Icing on the Cake for details & directions.