Vampire Party Cake
by Theresa Sirirom
(Henderson, Nevada, USA)
Halloween Vampire Cake
10″ x 10″ cake
Rice Crispy Treats
Start with a pattern made to the size you would like your cake. You will need patterns for the top and all 6 sides of the coffin.
Cut 2 coffin shapes from the 10″ cake and stack on top of each other. Cover the coffin with a layer of buttercream on all sides and top. Roll out 6 pieces of brown fondant for each of the sides of the cake. Using a roller with a wood pattern or a knife, imprint each of the sides with a wood grain pattern. After the fondant is attached, I brush the sides with brown food coloring to make the wood look more realistic. Now roll out a piece of red fondant for the inside of the coffin. This will be the “silk” lining. For the “lid” of the coffin, melt the chocolate and pour it into a pan to set. Once set, use the pattern to cut it into the correct shape. Using a hot knife will make it easy to cut the chocolate. Now cut a piece of brown fondant and attach it to the chocolate piece using the same method to create wood grain.
The vampire is made entirely of rice crispy treats. Using the treats like playdough, shape the body, legs arms and head of the vampire. Each piece is then covered with the appropriate color of fondant. Assemble the vampire inside the coffin, leaving off the arms. Once the vampire is in the coffin, use 2 dowel rods on each side of the body. This will support the top chocolate piece so the coffin is open. The two arms will be used to cover these dowel rods. The arms should be molded around the dowels so it looks like he is opening the coffin.
Attach the lids on one side of the coffin with some icing. The other side will prop up on the dowels. Other details can be added to the vampire and top of the coffin to suit your taste.