Halloween Contest - Zombie Head Cake

Project Description

Share a little about the materials, processes, and techniques used to create this cake Cake, buttercream, fondant, gumpaste, rice krispie, tylose. What are you most proud of? I'm most proud that the facial features are proportionate. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Plan it out - especially how much detail you want to incorporate.

What you will need

  • Cake
  • buttercream
  • fondant
  • gumpaste
  • rice krispie
  • tylose.

Q&A with BlueSheep

CakeBakerMoney asked:
Sorry, obsessed with your cake now. Did you achieve colours hrough airbrushing?
BlueSheep answered:
OMG I'm cracking up reading your comments LOL! you're so funny. We covered him in yellowish grey fondant then airbrushed black, after that we went in with light green petal dust and touched up. The eyes are painted on in neon food color (I think it's Duff's brand).
Lovecakes52 asked:
OMG!!! This is Awesome!!! You have done a fabulous job on this cake! Is the grave stone also fondant? Gotta ask, what kind of fondant do you use? it looks like it sculpts really well?
BlueSheep answered:
Thank you! Yes the gravestone is rice krispie attached to a support board, then covered in grey fondant. ONce it was covered we put the lines in with one of the wilton tools. We use satin ice fondant. 95% of the scultping was to the cake then after we laid the fondant on we used a paintbrush to emphasis detail and add a few extra wrinkles. Any other questions don't hesitate to ask!
Lovecakes52 asked:
okay u said it's okay to ask questions, would you explain what size pans, did you carve to get the head shape?
BlueSheep answered:
Sure, we used two 6" rounds and a 6" ball pan. We stacked and filled the cake with swiss buttecream and slightly carved the bottom of the cake where the neck would be. For the facial features I made cake pop batter (baked cake with icing) and formed the forhead, nose, and jowels. I used thin strilps of rolled fondant to create the sagging skin. We iced the cake in american butter cream. Then we covered the cake in fondant and used a paintbrush (dry) to create extra detail. I 'll post a pic of the cake pre-airbrushed.