Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Trick or Treat Tote Bag Cake Tutorial

Yesterday I was featured on PinkLittleCake Blog as a guest blogger for a Halloween series called "28 Days of Sweet Halloween Ideas" and for each day a guest blogger shared Halloween tips and ideas in the form of something yummy, awesome idea huh! Kathia was so kind to invite me to join her wonderful baking friends and fellow bloggers in this series.
So here is the post I shared with her readers.

Hey cake folks, glad to be invited to the party and get to add to this beautiful collection of confections. Thanks for having me Kathia! My name is Maria Campos AKA The Cakerator, I came up with the alias while I was thinking about how Arnold Schwarzenegger's nick name went from the Terminator to the Governator and thought, why not. 
 I'm self-taught, and been decorating cakes for about 5 years, today I am a Wilton Method Instructor, and cake artist. When Kathia asked me to be a guest blogger I went straight to my thinking place (my computer desk) to pull some ideas from google, and my first thoughts was, what is the very thing kids look forward to doing on Halloween, trick or treating of course! So why not make a trick or treat tote bag! I'm going to attempted to show you how to do this without taking up too much real-estate on Kathia's blog. So lets begin...
Everyone has this pan in there cupboard, you know you do! It's the 9" x 13" pan, you want to bake a dense cake in here, like a pound cake, or a doctored cake mix recipe in the form of a pound cake, your choice of flavor of course.

Cut a cake board to 6 1/2" x 3" in size, use that cake board you just cut as your guide when cutting out 4 pieces of cake the size of the cake board. 
Once that is done place the cake on your prepared cake drum. Then level, fill, and stack.

Next, crumb coat your cake.

With a sharpened dowel, dowel your cake to the board, make sure the dowel is a bit shorter than your cake, and also that the dowel goes straight through the cake drum, this will anchor your cake to the cake drum, I use a hammer for this. Place the cake in the fridge to chill.

I found this picture on the web and thought it was super cut and decided to use this as my design for my tote bag, so I cut it out and used it as my template. 
Edible images can be used and Halloween cookie cutters are also a fast and easier way to decorate your bag, you know you got a gazillon of them in your drawers!  

 Roll out the fondant, and cut out design with your cookie cutter, or use your templates and exacto knife to cut your designs.
Here is the almost finished sugar replica from the original design. 
Now back to the cake, I rolled out some fondant between 1/8" to a 1/4" thick and measure it to wrap around the cake, making the width of it just about 3/4" to an 1" taller than the cake. Use a tape measure to help with this.

A note here, I added about 2 teaspoons of tylose to about 2 lbs of fondant to help it firm up to keep it's shape, and not flop over when wrapping my cake, you will see what I mean in a sec.

Dust your fondant with a little corn starch and roll it up, now go get that cake out of the fridge.

Now, unravel the fondant around your cake, and note how the fondant is staying straight up over the cake, that's the tylose working here, I did not add too much to make it break your tooth hard, so you will still be able to cut into this cake.

Continue to wrap it around your cake, and doing this on a turntable is highly recommended, join the fondant at one of the corners to end with a seam.

Trim the edges to make sure it is even and level all around

Still trimming here

Sharpen your corners... yes I know I need to trim the other side, it's bothering me too.

Once your cake is nice and covered and trimmed evenly on top, start to smooth it with a cake smoother... my cake is looking a little ashy here, ashy cakes me no likey!

Trim the excess fondant off the bottom edge

Get your design ready to attach to your cake.

And look! Can you see it coming all together now! Yah noticed it's shiny uh, no I did not pull a Cake Boss and steamed it, I just rubbed this sucker down with some shortening to get out the cornstarch because my cake was looking ashy, the shortening will absorbed into the cake and disappear, it's a trick I learned from Sharon Zambito of SugarEd Productions.

Now for the straps, get some polifill and parchment paper.

roll the polifill up in the parchment paper and tape it into a sausage like shape.

Place it on top of your cake, this will hold up your straps in place to dry.

roll and cut out a strip of fondant, use the same fondant you just used to cover your cake, only add more of the tylose powder, and enough of it to turn it into gumpaste.

Add some stitching to the stripes, every little detail counts.

Glue the straps with some gum glue and let it dry over night.

I thought buttons would add that extra something, so I used some tips to cut circles from fondant just the right size for buttons.

I indented the circle in the middle with my balling tool.

 And used tip 1 to make the holes.

Glue those buttons onto the end of the straps, and how cute!!!! 
Almost done now, don't forget to decorate both sides!

To finish it, I by piped some stitches with black royal icing, and piped the words with green royal icing, I also took my airbrush to my moon and pumpkin to add some shadowing, but it does not show up to well in the picture. 
Not  too hard right!?! 

OK here are some things you can do to take this cake to the next level, take some candy corns and fill up the top with them, or use any assortment of candy, don't forget to scatter some on the board, make some cake pops with the scraps in the shape of candies, or why not get your candy molds and candy melts and make some lollypops and other halloween theme candies...  AAWWW come on, you know you have some candy molds tucked away in your cake supplies! 
Well that's it for now, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
And thanks again Kathia for inviting me to your caketacular blog.


  1. super cool! thanks for sharing!

  2. great tutorial! thanks so much!

  3. Hi Maria!
    I saw your posting at Pink Little Cake and loved your tutorial...This is so cute and original! I'm an instant fan of yours C:

    Shirley (Pastry Passion)

  4. Hi Maria! Saw your posting at Kathia's blog and loved it! Great tutorial! I'm an instant fan of yours c:

  5. wow thank you so much for sharing this great tutorial ;)

  6. wow!! great tutorial. thanks os much for posting! and the cake is so cute too and a great idea for halloween. :)

  7. Thanks everyone! I hope you guys can use this tutorial for a future cake, it is so versatile, you can do some much stuff with this design.

  8. You are so talented, thank you so much for your guest post over at my blog.

  9. Thanks for having me Kathia, BTW I love today's sugarveil post, I am posting a Sugarveil cake next week too!

  10. Thank u for sharing great tutorial. This cake is so beautiful.

  11. Hi,
    Nice and informative post. I appreciate the work done by author in this blog. Thanks for sharing this informative post.
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