Hair Raising Cake Supporting the Cause

You should know that just because I am taking Wilton Decorating classes, that it doesn’t mean I’m any good at it still.  I’m definitely learning much more but I still have such a long ways to go.  With this Hair Raising Cake, I wanted to do three things; incorporate Halloween of course, try not to completely ruin it, and pay tribute to those fighting breast cancer like my Aunt and Grandmother since October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Now one of my biggest problems is that I do things spur of the moment and when making cakes like this, it’s really important to read all the directions to see what supplies you’ll need and try to estimate how much time you’ll need. I did neither. And it’s obvious.  I guess you should see how the original looks like first before I get to mine.

She’s cute huh?  Mine does NOT look like her, sadly.  I did want to incorporate pink though so I switched up her hair a bit. See below……


I was missing a couple of tips and had no clue how to make certain colors of icing but I just went with the flow. I mean, why get all crazy cause you don’t have the exact things right? While it would be nice, I was simply having fun more than anything.  I started with the Long Loaf Pan that uses 8-9 cups of Duncan Hines cake batter.  To give you an idea, one box of cake mix is about 4-5 cups of batter so I used two boxes but didn’t  use it all. I also made a couple of different batters for something else I was making which is why you see two different color batters below.

I prepared my icing first while cake was baking (which took about 80 minutes at 325′), starting with the green.  Now Wilton tells you to combine Lemon Yellow Icing color and Leaf Green Icing color to get the green but I had neither so I used Buttercup Yellow and Teal.  It’s not near as lime green as shown in the photo but I thought it was a nice compliment to the light pink hair.   I also just added a tiny bit of Christmas Red Icing color to white to get the light pink.  Since I didn’t really want to use black on the cake, I went with a mustard color for the pupils, lashes, mouth, and plug things in the sides of her neck.

The cake cooled for over an hour and I set out to decorate. I was missing an important tip, 4B to be exact so I had to make due with what I had.  I think I used 21 or something….not as easy to use ad 4B I’m sure.  Anyways, I iced about 6 inches of the cake with the green color for Halloween and alternated pink and white for the hair in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

I did not take my was getting late and I was tired. I had no idea how long it actually takes from start to finish to do this. I’ll know next time though.   Overall, she’s not just real pretty but I love her.  I made her and feel like she’s a fighter……

So Happy Halloween and don’t forget to get a mammogram and support the women fighting breast cancer like cooking for the cure baby!

P.S. If you don’t have a hobby store that sells Wilton products, you can always order online or check out Walmart’s selection of Wilton goods!  You know what I’d love to see?  Classes taught at our local Walmart!  You know how they have them at Michaels?  Well ours is over an hour away so I’d love if they’d bring the Wilton classes to Walmart!!  *HINT*

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    Lori, I love that you brought a little awareness to your Halloween cake. Despite what you think, I say you did a great job!

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    This is such a cute cake! I am soooooooooo not a baker, but appreciate cute baked goods like there is no tomorrow. So… you’ll pretty much have to come on over to my house and bake for our family ;D.

    Love this!


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    And PS: I turned 40 this year and this is one more reminder that I need to schedule my mammogram. Ah! A little scared. :O

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    diane says

    I love to bake and decorate cakes, too….tho I’ve never taken anykind of lessons…… It’s just fun to “create” something! I did a big beer mug cake for my husband for his birthday party last week and it wasn’t perfect—but everyone loved it!
    Keep at it and have fun~your cake is SO cute!
    I just “discovered” your site and am loving going through all of the recipes!!!

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    Stefani says

    I think you did a fantastic job! Better than I could do any day!

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    siera says

    Looks great! I still have yet to take a Wiltons class but it is on my to do list… I kinda pick it up as I go.

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    Rita J says

    Your cake looks great, way better than the one I did not bake!

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    Ollie Monroe says

    Impressed you are only few lessons away from pro and you can come work with me!!hehe

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    Loretta says

    She looks great :) I’ve always wanted to take one of those Wilton classes, and then I always forget and miss them. I need to put that on my must-do list for 2011!

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    maria says

    so cute!!!

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    Your version is so cute too Lori! I love that you did pink on yours – my mom is a 10+ year breast cancer survivor!

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    Blommi says

    Yours looks much more friendly :)

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    Thanks everyone for the sweet comments. I really enjoyed doing the cake!

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    DianaHayes says

    I think you did a great job. Practice will make it come out better, and I volunteer to help eat all of your practice.