As if the ?dead? tree stump with haunted face isn?t scary enough, why not add branches and a base cake loaded with creepy, lurking surprises. Here it is! A cake highlighted with Wacky Witch and Scary Ghost Toppers. Spiders, bats, pumpkins icing decorations hanging from gnarled tree branches and a Halloween feeling to the old haunt.
Assemble tree 3-4 days in advance using royal icing. Cut Styrofoam cone to about 10 in. high. Cut wooden dowel rods into various lengths; position on waxed paper to form connecting branches and attach with royal icing. Let dry.
Attach cone to center of separator plate with royal icing. Ice eye and mouth areas of cone smooth. Push dowel rod branches into cone to create tree shape. Cover branches with tip 18 strings. Pipe tree roots and cover trunk with tip 32 and royal icing. Pipe tip 32 eyebrows. Attach chocolate eyeballs, icing decorations and candy on tree and around trunk.
Ice 2-layer cake smooth in buttercream. Position hidden pillars: Cut pillars to match cake height and push into cake at marks. Position tree on cake top, inserting feet of separator plate into hidden pillars. Position licorice around bottom border of cake to resemble broken fence. Arrange candy around bottom border and around base of tree, attaching with dots of icing when necessary. Position 2 wrapped eyeballs on trunk of tree. Position witch and ghost