Last week, I had to bake a Scary Cake for my son’s Boy Scouts Scary Cake Bake Contest. Below are some great Halloween Cake Ideas from photos I took at the Scary Cake Bake Contest.
Update: See the best cakes taken from 6 years of Cub Scout Scary Bake Contests! (2011-2015)
Before last week, I had never heard of a Scary Cake Bake Contest before, nor had I ever baked a Scary or Halloween Cake before. Even though I’ve won awards for my baking, I’m not a cake baker or decorator. In fact, I’m not even all that creative when it comes to this sort of thing or crafts.
So, I searched the internet looking for scary cakes for 2 days. What I found was either extremely complex cake decorating that I couldn’t even begin to replicate or really boring cakes that wouldn’t scare anyone. In the end, I took ideas from a few cakes, went to Jo Ann Fabrics, and came up with the graveyard scene below.
How to Make a Grave Yard Scene Halloween Scary Cake
My daughter Elizabeth helped me bake and decorate most of the cake, leaving my son to help at the very end when he got off the school bus, before we left for the meeting. It was down to the wire! With all the decorating ahead, I did not make the cake or icing home made (and nobody cared!).
- Bake 1 box Duncan Hines Devil’s Food Cake in two 9″ round cakes, let cool.
- Ice one layer of cake with Chocolate Fudge icing.
- Place 2nd layer on top.
- Finish icing the entire cake, sides and top with remaining icing. I used 1-1/2 containers.
- With a rolling pin, crush about 1/2 box of Oreo (or other chocolate cookies). (My 4 year old crushed the cookies.) Press along the entire sides of the cake and up the path to the grave yard.
- Line the grave yard path with candy corns.
- Add a few drops of food coloring to coconut to create grass. Lightly press grass around the grave yard path, covering the rest of the top layer of cake.
- Using a candy mold, make grave stones, skeletons, bats, and other gross stuff. This was our first time doing this too, it was easy to learn. We used a Wilton Halloween Candy Making Kit.
- Place candy molds on the cake. I cut a slit in the cake for the standing candy molds to stay in place. I used tooth picks to press other molds into the sides of the cake. Both techniques seem to work just fine.
- Place Peeps Ghosts throughout to make it extra scary. My kids went overboard on the ghosts!
That was our Scary Cake. We didn’t win the scariest but my kids had so much fun decorating it and eating it, so it was a success!
Scary Halloween Cakes to Make with Your Kids
So, for future reference and for all my AkronOhioMoms.com friends, I decided to take pictures of other entries. I hope that these pictures will give you great ideas on a fun Halloween Cake you can bake with your kids this Halloween!
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