Halloween Witch Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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Halloween Witch
with Paul Bradford
Skill level: Advanced
HD Lessons: 18
Decorating time: 5 hours
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Some highlights of our spooky witch cake tutorial

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1. Making the stand

As you can imagine, a cake like this requires a structured stand. In this lesson, Paul explains all the components and shows how to put the stand together for our Halloween Witch.

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2. Carving the cake

Paul makes some adjustments to the stand then starts to stack and carve the cake. Although he’s using dummy cake, it’s exactly the same principles. As Paul says in the lesson, don’t be scared as ganache fixes everything!

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3. Covering the legs and making the shoes

Decorating the stand structure is key to getting that ‘How did they do that?’ question. In this lesson Paul gives our witch her stockings and distinctive witchy shoes.

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4. Adding the boot tops and buckle

Paul finishes the witch’s boots and adds a buckle just for extra effect.

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5. Adding the jacket

The jacket is added in three stages starting with a striped pattern on the undercoat which can be seen from the front. Paul then adds the jacket in two pieces which have been texturised.

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6. Adding the arms and broomstick

The distinctive features are all coming together now when Paul adds the arms and broomstick. He uses armature wire for the arms and a threaded rod for the stick, then decorates with texturised sugarpaste.

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7. Adding the neck and scarf

Using some simple techniques which he adds his own twist too, Paul adds the neck, scarf and collar before moving on to finish off the broomstick.

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8. Creating the facial features

Up to this point Paul had left his options open whether he was going for a friendly witch or a scary witch. A Facebook poll decided that it should be a scary witch, so Paul creates the all important scary facial features from modelling chocolate.

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9. Covering the head and adding the ears

This can be a little tricky, but watch how Paul covers the head making sure to bring out the key features, before adding the ears to really bring the face to life.

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10. Airbrushing the body

Time to get the airbrush out! The colours are of course your choice, but Paul starts with the purple to decorate the stripes and some shading before moving over to the black for the jacket and shoes.

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11. Colouring the stripes

Those with a steady hand can airbrush the stripes on, but Paul chooses to paint them by creating a rusty red colour, in keeping with our scary witch.

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12. Painting the face

Time to get to work giving this witch her scary look. The face is always the main character point so watch how Paul colours the face adding all those extra details to great effect.

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13. Adding the hair

Paul uses shades of grey and black textured sugarpaste sausages to make the hair. Remember that there’s a hat to go on so it doesn’t need to be perfect at the joins!

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14. Adding the hat

No witch is complete without a pointed hat. Paul works with some shapes before deciding on the final design, which he then places on the head carefully making sure that the face can be clearly seen.

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15. Painting the hat and finishing touches

Paul gets the airbrush out again to paint the hat then adds the belt and buckle, before painting them gold. He then finishes the eyes to give us one scary witch!

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16. Other ideas

Paul shares with you some other ideas for this spooky witch design!

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17. Pro lesson

Paul teaches you everything you need to know about selling a cake design like this.

Learn how to make a Halloween witch cake…

Learn how to make this spooky Halloween witch cake with Paul Bradford. A great design for hallows eve, this design is simply bewitching. Lots of cool techniques in this one which will have you flying off your broomstick.

In this tutorial, you will learn…

  • How to create an internal structure
  • Cake carving
  • Airbrushing
  • How to make detailed facial features
  • Painting
  • and much, much more

Don’t forget to share your interpretations of this wonderful cake with Paul and the rest of the CakeFlix community on our Facebook group.

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Paul Bradford

Paul Bradford

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