Witch’s hat cake

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Although there are a few stages to this birthday or Halloween cake, they’re really worth the time and you’ll find that it’s not as difficult as it might look! Plus, it’s the perfect opportunity to get creative and a bit imaginative!

Kids and grown-ups alike will love this cake, especially at a party – you can make some Halloween-inspired cupcakes and snacks too and make this witch’s hat a part of a buffet! Our favourite way of getting the bright colours to come through in the icing is to use food colouring in paste form, as these do not alter the texture of the sugarpaste. Along with the edible gold powder colouring, these pastes are available from most cake decorating suppliers.

Ingredients

For the cake

  • Three sizes of Madeira sponge:
  • 10cm round sponge
  • 15cm round sponge
  • 20cm square sponge

For the decorating

  • Icing sugar in a sugar shaker
  • 1.9kg sugarpaste
  • 30cm square cake board
  • Cream, black, brown mauve and green food colouring pastes
  • 440g buttercream
  • Edible gold powder