Decorating A Cake for Halloween Using Fondant

Fondant is a popular way to decorate cakes for many occasions. It’s almost like working with play dough, only it’s sweet! Robin Hassett, of The Dessert Tray, decorates a spooky cake with tombstones, bats, and pumpkins – just in time for Halloween. In this video, you will learn how to prepare a cake for decorating with fondant, how to create fondant colors, and many more tips on how to work with fondant.¬†Hassett has been baking and working with fondant for years, and you can learn more about how she became a baker by watching this related video: Cake Decorating: Fun with Fondant.

Robin Hassett’s Yellow Cake Recipe

Makes about 4-9″ cakes.


  • 8 eggs
  • 12 yolks
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla
  • 6 cups cake flour
  • 5 1/3 cups (2lb 5oz)¬† sugar
  • 2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 pound of butter
  • 1 1/3 cup of oil


  1. Sift cake flour, baking powder and salt: set aside.
  2. Measure eggs and yolks together.
  3. Measure buttermilk and vanilla together.
  4. In a stand mixer with the whip attachment, cream butter until it is light and fluffy.
  5. Add sugar and continue to cream for another few minutes.
  6. Add eggs, one at a time, to butter mixture and mix until it comes together.
  7. Scrape bowl. Add oil in a slow stream with mixer running. Scrape.
  8. Add 1/3 of dry ingredients. Scrape.
  9. Add 1/2 liquid. Continue alternating until all ingredients have been added (finish with dry).
  10. Evenly distribute the cake batter into 4 – 9″ round cake pans that have been greased with pan spray. For ease of releasing the cakes from the pans; I recommend lining the bottoms of the pans with parchment paper in addition to the pan spray.
  11. Bake at 325-350 degrees for 30-45 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.


  1. jil says

    One thing. After you draped the fondant you should of cut off the extra right away, I know you don’t know how much you’ll need to flaten it out but you can eyeball it a little and cut off some to take away all that heavy weight, that’s why it tore.

  2. jil says

    Thank you so much for making a great cake and actually SHOWING us how you do it.. I can’t find a really good done cake shown on youtube and I love watching the really great harder cakes be made.. Looks great

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