Nov 1, 2009

The Witch's Kitchen Cake


Updated:
This is the cake I did for Halloween 2009. I had entered it into a few contests online, and it took second place on both instructables.com and cakecentral.com. Thanks to all of those who voted for me!

The witch is made out of rice krispie treats formed over a PVC pipe with a base and covered with MMF (marshmallow fondant). The pipe was wired with LED lights that lead up to her eyes. Her face detail was hand painted with gel and powdered food coloring. She stands about 14" tall. The witch took about 1 week to complete.

 The cauldron is a layered cake covered in fondant also and airbrushed with food coloring. The "witch's brew" was done using a poured sugar technique in which I made a form then poured in the lollipop confection and allowed it to harden. The same concoction was used for the pulled sugar pieces. The cauldron also sits on a PVC pipe with the lights coming up through the middle then wound directly underneath the sugar "brew" giving it an eerie glow.


At the bottom of the cauldron is a clear acrylic container that holds more lights. Then, I made another mold and made red and orange lollipop cubes to resemble fiery coals. Scattered around the whole base of the cake were Wheaties cereal to represent leaves, you can see some of them here.
The pumpkins are made entirely of fondant that was shaped around plastic covered styrofoam balls. They were allowed to sit and dry hard, then they were cut in half and "glued" back together. I then had a few lights coming up through the base to light the pumpkins. 
This is some of the detail that you can't see in the  picture of the whole cake scene. There was a tree stump that was a 6" round layered cake covered with butter cream, textured, then airbrushed. A piece of hand painted fondant for the top supported the fondant frog (and frog parts), mortar and pestle, and of course, no witch can go without her spell book ;) There was also an ax leaning up against the tree stump and it was made of fondant as well. 
The entire project took about one month to complete (including building the base and making the supports) and for the pieces to dry. The actual cake baking and construction, putting all the pieces together, only took one day to complete. 

To view the complete instructable entry, which explains the step by step process of the cake construction along with the building of all structural supports, you can click on the play button below, or, visit The Witch's Kitchen Cake.


The Witch's Kitchen Cake - More DIY How To Projects


19 comments:

Danielle said...

Good luck!!! The cake is absolutely amazing. I've signed up so I can comment and rate and vote. Just waiten for them to get my sign-up info squared away so they recognize me LOL

Dajana said...

Best luck, DD.
I've already invited everyone to vote for you in my last blog post, I'll put a permanent link to your blog, too.
Now I'll go sign in and vote when the voting starts.

DDpie said...

Thanks guys!
Dajana, oh I didn't know you did that, thank you!

Cathy said...

Just waiting for the voting to begin! I hope your prize is a nice one!

girlichef said...

You are so incredibly awesome!! I don't know how you do it...but I'm off to cast votes and whatnot...LOL :D Good Luck!!

Michele said...

That is incredible! I can't imagine ever doing something like that. You have some amazing talent! I signed up on the site so when voting officially begins, be sure to let us all know !

Patti T. said...

Yes, please remind us, I am very forgetful.

Bob said...

Of course I'll vote for you! But you should definitely do a reminder post on the 9th. I think I've mentioned I'm a bit of a flake. ;)

DDpie said...

Thanks for the support guys and yes, I will remind you! :)

Donna-FFW said...

You will so have my vote for this cake. Its wonderful.

Joanna said...

Oh my gosh, DD, this is fabulous! I can't wait to go vote for you. Good Luck!

Culinary Alchemist said...

Once again DD, You Rocked it out!!!!

Katieb said...

Wow, you are so talented and artistic! Ive bookmarked your site and look forward to reading my way through it!

Thank you so much for sharing your experiences!!

Anonymous said...

WOW!! This cake is awesome!!! I thought this should have won 1st place. It blows the others out of the water!!!!

Dajana said...

I voted and rated your cake today. I wonder if it is one-time vote, or we can vote every day.

DDpie said...

Thanks Dajana, and you can only vote once. After that, they have a panel of judges for the finalists ;)

Monique "Nenita" said...

You have a true talent. Your work is amazing. Great job!

BiscottiQueen said...

Amazing!!! WOW! I can't believe I wasn't already following your blog. I was sure I was?!

DDpie said...

LOL BQ, I thought you were too! (I rarely check that stuff)