Haunted Mansion Ear Hat Cake

Haunted Mansion Ear Hat Cake

For my Haunted Mansion inspired dinner, I wanted to have a special Haunted Mansion Ear Hat Cake. The hat design (below) intimidated me at first, especially how I would turn it into a cake, but I love the result and it was easier than I expected. With my directions and templates, it will a snap for you to repeat at home.

Image property of Disney – Haunted Mansion Ear Hat Ornament

Step 1: Bake and Frost the Cake

Please see my Mickey Mouse Ear Hat Cake post to prepare the cake. Prepare the frosting per the recipe and tint a deep purple using the food color. Frost the cake and keep the finish fairly smooth.

Step 2: Preparing the Candy

First I made the candelabra and spooky eyes for the ears. I created a template by printing out the picture of the ear hat ornament and tracing the candelabra and the eyes.

Prepare the grey candy first by combining one black candy melt for every three white candy melts in a piping bag. Melt the candy melts in the piping bag in the microwave at 50% power in 30 second increments. Be sure to squish the candy together to mix after every 30 seconds. I only needed 60 seconds total for my candy to be ready. You will need to knead the bag to ensure the black and white really combine to create the grey color.

For the candles, use white candy melts. The flame and the spooky eyes uses one yellow candy melt to every three white candy melts, the same as you did for the grey (see above). The eye center uses black candy melts.

Step 3: Piping the Candy

I then put my template (print your copy here) under parchment paper and piped the candy melts over the design. For the candelabra, carefully pipe the new color over the previous color to attach the pieces. Don’t worry if they come apart, you can line them up in the pan prior to filling with the black candy melts.

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Step 4: Haunted Mansion Bats

Using the Haunted Mansion Bats silicone mold from the Disney store, pipe grey candy melts into the cavities of the mold. Using the piping bag is best for this mold as there are many small areas it is easiest to fill using the bag. Fill each mold just to the top. Tap the mold on the counter a few times to remove any bubbles. Place the mold in the freezer approximately five minutes or until completely set. Remove the mold from the freezer and let set on the counter about 10 minutes, then carefully remove the bats from the mold.

Step 5: Completing the Ears

Place the candelabras and spooky eyes flat side down in the cookie pan. Fill with melted black candy melts or dark chocolate being careful not to move the pieces. Add the cookie pop sticks and be sure they are secure with additional candy. Place the cookie pan in the freezer for about five minutes for the ears to set. Once the ears are ready, remove from the freezer and let stand for a couple of minutes then remove from the pan and set aside.

Step 6: Decorate the Haunted Mansion Ear Hat Cake

Place the ears where you like them on the cake first. You may need to shorten the cookie stick depending on the depth of your cake. After positioning the ears, place the bats around the base of the cake. Then add as many pairs of spooky eyes all over the remainder of the cake. Once you’ve finished this step, your cake is complete!

 

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Haunted Mansion Ear Hat Cake
Haunted Mansion Ear Hat Cake

 

Haunted Mansion Ear Hat Cake Recipe

Haunted Mansion Ear Hat Cake
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
Cake
  • 1 package devils food cake mix (or flavor of your choice)
  • ingredients called for on the box to make the cake mix
  • 1 Wilton Sports Cake pan
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
  • 3¼ cups confectioner's sugar
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 3½ tbsp. milk, plus more as needed
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ⅛ tsp salt
Ears
  • 1 package Wilton Dark Black candy melts
  • 1 package Wilton White candy melts
  • 1 package Wilton Yellow candy melts
  • 2 cookie sticks
  • 1 Wilton cookie pan
  • Decorating bags
Instructions
Cake
  1. Prepare the pan according to the pan package directions by coating with shortening and then flour, making sure to tap out all excess flour.
  2. Prepare the cake mix as directed on the package and divide evenly between the two cake pans.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes, adding more time as needed, until a toothpick in the center of the cake comes out clean. I needed 50 minutes total.
  4. Once cooled around 10 minutes, cut around the edges of the cake and turn out onto a cooling rack to complete cooling for about an hour before frosting.
Ears
  1. Candleabra and Bats: Prepare the grey candy first by combining one black candy melt for every three white candy melts in a piping bag. Melt the candy melts in the piping bag in the microwave at 50% power in 30 second increments. Be sure the squish the candy together to mix after every 30 seconds. I only needed 60 seconds total for my candy to be ready. You will need to knead the bag to ensure the black and white really combine to create the grey color.
  2. For the candles, use white candy melts. The flame and the spooky eyes uses one yellow candy melt to every three white candy melts, the same as you did for the grey (see above). The eye center uses black candy melts.
  3. Pipe the candy melts over the template design. For the candelabra, carefully pipe the new color over the previous color to attach the pieces. Don't worry if they come apart, you can line them up in the pan prior to filling with the black candy melts.
  4. Spoon or pipe the melted black candy melts into the cookie pan. Once the pan well is close to full to the top, tap the pan on the counter to ensure all bubbles in the candy are removed.
  5. Insert the cookie pop stick into the candy and spin it until covered and secure. If needed, add a little more melted candy to ensure the stick holds in the "ear".
  6. Place pan in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  7. Remove and let sit on the counter for 5 minutes, then remove the ears from the pan and set aside.
Bats
  1. Using the Haunted Mansion Bats silicone mold from the Disney store, pipe grey candy melts into the cavities of the mold. Using the piping bag is best for this mold as there are many small areas it is easiest to fill using the bag. Fill each mold just to the top. Tap the mold on the counter a few times to remove any bubbles. Place the mold in the freezer approximately five minutes or until completely set. Remove the mold from the freezer and let set on the counter about 10 minutes, then carefully remove the bats from the mold.
Frosting
  1. Mix all ingredients together until smooth. Tint a deep purple with food coloring.
Decorating the cake
  1. Once the cake is frosted, insert an ear on each side. You may need to shorten the cookie stick depending on the depth of your cake. After positioning the ears, place the bats around the base of the cake. Then add as many pairs of spooky eyes all over the remainder of the cake. Once you've finished this step, your cake is complete!
Notes
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting adapted from Williams Sonoma

 

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