Surprise and delight your Halloween party guests with this Striped Bat Halloween Cake. Use an icing comb to create a black and white striped pattern, then place a bat template on the side of your cake before covering your cake with orange icing for a cool cut-out effect. Finally top your cake with some fun swirls and you’re ready for a Halloween soiree! With plenty of room for candles or a piped message, this cake could also be used for an October birthday or shower.
Bake cake. Prepare cake batter following recipe instructions. Bake and cool two cake layers. Trim cake layers to 2 ½ in. high. Fill and stack layers for 5 in. high cake.
Ice cake. Using confectioners’ sugar, stiffen 4 cups icing to medium consistency. Ice cake smooth. Using notch side of comb, comb cake.
Using black icing color, tint 1 cup chocolate icing black. Prepare decorating bag with black icing. Cut ½ in. off tip of bag. Pipe icing into indents of cake. Using icing smoother, smooth out icing, wiping smoother clean after each use.
Let icing crust, at least 1 hour.
Prepare pattern. Print out bat template. Using template, cut bat from parchment paper. Using finger, apply small amount solid vegetable shortening to back of parchment bat. Lightly press to side of cake, ensuring all edges are secure.
Place cake on turntable.
Using tape, mark on turntable where pattern is located on cake.
Tint icing. Tint 6 cups white icing bright orange using color combination provided. Combine Orange, Lemon Yellow and Golden Yellow icing colors to get bright orange color shown. Prepare decorating bag with tip 789 and bright orange icing. Pipe icing evenly around cake; smooth with icing smoother. Reserve remaining icing.
Using tip of knife, carefully remove pattern from cake, smoothing edges if needed.
Decorate cake. Prepare decorating bag with tip 1M and remaining bright orange icing. Pipe swirls around top edge of cake.