Halloween Paper Cake
Halloween Paper Cake - calorie-free!
Step 1 – Painting the Paper Mache Boxes
The first thing you’ll need to decide is how big of a cake you want. Each cake layer will be a paper mache box. I wanted at least 3 different tiers, but ultimately my choice was limited by what the local craft stores had available. In fact, what I found determined the cake architecture – I had to add stilts to the tiers, even though that hadn’t been part of the original plans (but it turned out at the end, you’ll see!).
Once you’ve gotten all of your paper mache boxes together, get the wax paper ready and paint the tops and bottoms of each box. I used some Making Memories acrylic paint (Acorn) that came in my last batch of hot chocolate. After two layers, I topped it off with some Tim Holtz Rock Candy distress crackle paint, to give it more of an aged look.
Step 2 – Decorating the Bottom Tier
To help make each layer distinctive – and to hide the obvious lip separation – I added a scalloped edge to the rim of the bottom and middle tier lid. I simply trimmed a smaller strip of Echo Park’s Chillingsworth Manor paper and traced a Bazzill “Just the Edges” border. Once the border was cut, it was glued to the lid.
Once the scalloped edges had been added, I glued two Halloween-themed borders (Bazzill’s “Just the Edge”) and topped it off with some rosette skull stickers from Making Memories (another hot chocolate goody from long ago).
Step 3 – Decorating the Middle and Top Tiers
I used the same EP Chillingsworth Manor patterned paper (as the bottom) for the middle tier, but opted for a different look for the top, to set off what would be the eye-catcher later. I glued another strip of Halloween-themed Bazzill border and added some stilts to both layers. I had originally planned to have the boxes resting directly upon each other, but because the sizes were not what I had envisioned, I had to add some space so the different sizes wasn’t so obvious.
The stilts were simply Wilton cookie sticks. They’re made out of paper, so you can easily cut them with scissors and sand them down with an emery board. Don’t forget to paint the stilts! Depending on the size of boxes you use, you’ll have to decide how tall to make those stilts. Since TM Crackle Paint is actually kind of slippery, I had to use Krazy Glue to get the sticks to “stick”. I found it best to allow the legs to dry in its final position (prop the tier up on its legs).
Step 4 – Decorating the tops of the tiers with scalloped circles
To make the top of each tier a little more attractive, I topped each one with a scalloped circle. I found a free printable template here: http://www.picstopin.com/500/free-printable-round-scalloped-circle-for-scrapbooking/http:%7C%7C0*tqn*com%7Cd%7Cscrapbooking%7C1%7C0%7Cl%7C1%7C1%7Cscallopedcircle*jpg/
I traced the circles onto another EP Chillingsworth Manor patterned paper and topped them off with cut Halloween-themed brads (use the Cinch wire clipper to remove the tabs and simply glue the brads on with the ultra-thin glue dots).
Step 5 – Making the Cake Topper
You can put anything you’d like on top of the cake! However, it’s probably best not to make it too heavy (if you do make something heavier, I would switch out the cookie sticks to wooden dowels that are screwed to the paper mache boxes, for stronger support). I made my own cauldron (hubby had an odd piece of plastic in the garage that was the right shape) by drilling two holes on the side and twisting some craft wire through it, for the handle. I also popped in a battery-operated tea light, surrounded by some tissue paper (to simulate spooky flames). For the final touches, I glued a chipboard-backed haunted house (Sizzix/Tim Holtz’s Rickety House die) to one side of the cauldron and a couple of bling-eyed ghosts (from MM Spooky Alley Trims & Treats) to the other. I did not opt to glue the cauldron to the top tier, to make it easier to pack up for storage later.
Step 6 – Further Decoration of Bottom and Middle Tiers
I like my cakes fancy, so I added some ribbon trim (MM Toil & Trouble ribbon) around the bottom and MM Looking Glass stickers on the middle tier.
Step 7 – Adding cobwebs
Since every Halloween cake should look old, I added some cobwebs (stretched batting) around the legs of the stilts, securing it with dabs of tacky glue. These webs were topped off with some bling spiders from the MM Toil & Trouble brad combo pack (trim off the metal tabs again with the wire clippers).
Close-up photos of the cake outdoors (to show the vivid colors better)...
Step 10 – Cake with All the Trimmings
You can opt to set your cake in a fancy display… and go all out by embellishing the cake base with more Halloween trinkets (skeletons, rats, spiders, and scorpions all purchased from Dollar Tree).
I can’t think of a better place to hide your special candy stash, can you? Your guests might even comment on how your cake smells so sweet!