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.
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.
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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