This tiered haunted house cake design is sure to be a cake that inspires shrieks and screams because it is so spectacular. This cake makes a great celebration centerpiece for Halloween parties.
One day prior to the full assembly of the cake, create the black fences. Using Royal Icing colored with Black Gel Color, use Piping Tip #4 to pipe four 7.5”L x 1.5”H fences (for the top of house), two 3.5”L x 1.5”H fences (for the sides of the front porch), one 7”L x 1.5”H fence (for left side of the front porch) and one 3”L x 1.5”H fence (for the right side of the front porch) on a silicone mat and let harden overnight.
Place the first 7” x 12” cake on a 12” decorating plate.
Stack two to three 7” x 12” cakes with layers of white icing in between. Cake should be 5” high once stacked.
Base ice the cake with navy blue icing.
Place two hidden pillars on the knobs at the front of the plate. Then, add two hidden pillars into the back half of the cake. Use a second decorating plate to lay on top and mark out pillar placement and ensure fit.
Place entire cake onto a 14” square cake board.
Using Basket Weave Tip #48 and navy blue icing, pipe siding on the cake. Start at the base and pipe straight lines from left to right on all sides of the cake.
In front of the cake, use Basket Weave Tip #48 to pipe grey icing in lines perpendicular to the cake to create a front porch. Cover the remainder of the decorating plate.
Using a Yellow Fondant DecoSheets®, cut one 3.5”W by 2.5”H window for the front of the house. Then, using Black Fondant DecoSheets® cut a 1.5”W x 3””H black rectangle for a front door.
Attach the large yellow window to the left side of the front of the house, and the door just off center on the right.
Add grey trim around the window and the door using Basket Weave Tip #47 and grey icing. Pipe the vertical sides first and then pipe the top and bottom extending them slightly wider than the window and door.
Add another row of grey icing to the top of the door, slightly longer than the first to create that finished look.
Pipe a grey dot using Piping Tip #1 for a doorknob.
Add a chandelier in the window using Piping Tip #1 and black icing. Then add a scroll detail on the top of the grey icing above the door.
Using a cloth or towel, rub Black gel color over three pillars to give them an eerie, aged look.
Place the three pillars in the front of the cake. Then, lay a 12” decorating plate on top, aligning with the hidden pillars in the back and the left and right pillar in the front.
Note: Center pillar is for appearance only.
Now, base ice the 8” and 4” square double layer cakes royal blue. Place the 8” cake, centered on top of the decorating plate. Then, add the 4” cake, centered, on top of the 8” cake.
Using Basket Weave Tip #48, pipe navy blue siding on the sides of the top two layers in the same way as the bottom layer.
Using an open coupler with black icing, pipe a layer of icing on the top of the 4” cake as well as around the base of the 8” cake covering the exposed area of the decorating plate. Make the icing a little thicker close to the cake and thinner away from the cake to create a pitched look.
Use an angled spatula smooth.
Cut twelve 1”W x 12.5”L strips of black fondant for the lower roof. Then, cut eight 1”W x 4.5”L strips of black fondant for the upper roof. Using a scissors or fondant cutter, cut small slits into one of the long edges of the fondant strips to look like shingles. Adhere to cake cutting access where necessary.
Curl the slits up and down in a random pattern to give the roof an aged look. Repeat on the top roof.
Cut nine 1.5”W by 2”H windows out of Yellow Fondant DecoSheets® and another nine from Black Fondant DecoSheets®.
Adhere one black and one yellow window on each side of the house on the bottom and top layer. Adhere 1 yellow window to each side of the top layer and one black window to the front and back.
Start finishing the windows by using Piping Tip #2 and piping grey pane lines into each window.
Switch to Basket Weave Tip #47, pipe grey casings around each window. Pipe the vertical lines first and the top and bottom lines second, extending them just wider than the window.
Add creepy, growing green vines to the how starting at the base of each corner and piping vine patterns up the side of the house using green icing and Piping Tip #4.
Switch to Leaf Tip #352 and add leaves to the vines.
Using the crumbled chocolate cake, cupcake, cookies or brownies add dirt around the sides of the cake out to the edges of the cake board. Leave a small space in front of the doorway for a stone path.
Create the stone path using Piping Tip #6 and black icing. Pipe four to five stones in front of the porch.
Add several pumpkins at the front of the porch using Open Star Tip #32. Finish by adding some green vines with Piping Tip #2 and adding green leaves with Leaf Tip #352.
Lightly airbrush over the entire cake using black airbrush color for an aged and creepy look.
Add cupcake rings and DecoPics® cupcake picks. Use Scary Eyes in the windows, Ghosts on the roof, a witch as a weather vane, Spiders on the pillars and sides of the house, and MonsterBots hanging out on the porch. Finish with adding Halloween Greetings DecoPics® like yard signs.
Finally, place the fence on the roof and in the front of the house using black icing at the bottom of the fence to adhere.