|I thought Devil's Food would've been Jack Skellington's first choice, for obvious reasons.|
|"I'm in need of a layer of clothing."|
|This only works with non-textured paper towels, like Viva brand.|
|I first smooth side to side, then top to bottom for the most part.|
You don't have to apply much pressure to get this done. Freeze the cake after you've put on your final layer of frosting for about 30 minutes, and to smooth it just be firm and gentle, like scolding a toddler. I'd imagine anyway, since I clearly don't have any toddlers as I have time to make cakes for fun. I also get to sleep in on a regular basis, but I don't want to make those of you with toddlers long for your past, so let's move on.
|He's toddler adjacent, and usually also somehow covered in a sticky mess. However, I do encourage him to lick the floors when I drop food, which I sincerely hope you don't allow your toddler to do.|
|I loved only having to dye one bag of frosting. It is literally my least favorite part about caking.|
|Baby steps, I tell ya.|
|I used the triple star tip to cover more ground in the bigger areas away from his eyes, nose, and mouth. I then came back in and filled in empty spaces with the 18 tip, and decorated around the eyes, nose, and mouth.|
|I then used my black frosting to outline the eyes and fill them in.Side note- getting a demented Spiderman vibe here.|
|"PIVOT! PIVOT!" - Ross Gellar|
His nostrils each took two black stars a piece.
The eyebrows were done with one line of black stars each.
|A rope or shell border seemed too dainty or girlie for Jack- so he got a row of spikes from my 18 tip. Just pipe stars, and pull up and away quickly to create a point.|
Now, I suppose you could pipe Jack's signature bow tie on to the side of the cake, but I did one further and made a bow tie out of felt paper and a dowel. My middle name is Overachiever.
|I fail at remembering to rotate my photos...so, I free-handed a bat on the back of the paper.|
|And simply cut it out! Naturally, that would be the next step.|
|I couldn't get frosting to stick to the felt, but luckily I had paint pens leftover from our painted pumpkins, so I drew on the details before plunging the dowel into the side of the cake.|
|And walla, Jack is ready to party! I then took a 2 tip and drew on the birthday message in my black frosting (obvs.).|
|Yeah, I'm super proud of this cake, so here's another picture from a slightly different angle.|
|"The job I have for you is top secret. It requires skill, craft, cunning..." ...seriously, Jack, just don't fall off on to the floorboards.|
We ended up taking the cake BACK to Clovis to devour at their house..mostly because I refused to hand my cake over to strangers to put in a fridge at a restaurant that "lost" our reservations. If they "lost" my cake, I'd be blogging from a jail cell. Happy to report that did not happen, cake was had by all, and the night(mare Before Christmas...sorry couldn't resist) was good. 'Til next time, my fellow eaters!