" 'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house. Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse..." and so begins the legendary poem by Clement C. Moore.
This event was for a surprise birthday party (shhhh...it's this Friday) and since the birthday guy's favorite holiday happens to be Halloween, I used "The Nightmare Before Christmas" as the theme. I was asked to combine the birthday theme with Christmas, and since I've always loved the characters in "The Nightmare Before Christmas", I was super excited to begin this project.
A couple weeks before the event, I begin researching ideas and envisioning what I wanted the cake to look like and eventually drew this picture. As you can see from the photo above, I actually stuck pretty close to my original design (which doesn't always happen)!
Because I wanted to focus on decorating, I outsourced the 6" velvet cake from one of my favorite bakeries and asked them to simply cover it with buttercream. At home, I cut multi-width strips of black, red, and green fondant and laid them aside to dry out a bit. This is actually a bit more complicated and time-consuming than it looks.
Meanwhile, I cut a building silhouette out of sugar paper which was no small feat (for so many nooks and crannies) since sugar paper breaks easily. After placing the colored strips where I wanted, I adhered the silhouette to the side of the cake with frosting and made some windows out of fondant.
Next, I rolled black and white fondant pearls and lined the base of the cake:
Now it was time for Jack, who was an architectural challenge (skinny legs, arms, hat, and tricky beard). The arms were still too flimsy after several hours so I set Jack aside while I worked on the iconic moon and hill. His arms ended up drying overnight and then almost for another day.
Here is armless Jack (his arms are behind his body):
Next in line to make were the pumpkins, which I nestled on top of curled holly leaves. I also decided to make a couple of snowflakes for the side of the cake.
Here is the whole cake assembly, minus Jack...still waiting for Jack.....
Left view & right view:
Again, left view & right view:
More close ups:
Time to make some cake pops. I already had the Santa Claus bellies from the previous post, so I made some Jack cake pops and created a design on yellow cake pops to complement the moon and the hill motif.
All the Jack's have different faces:
And voila! Here is the whole display:
My solution the next morning were two more pieces of fondant on the back of the moon:
Packaging the cake pops for delivery:
This project was super fun but also challenging. Estimation of total hours: 12 hrs. But then again, there's the saying, "when you do what you love," it doesn't feel like work...I love doing this!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AUSTIN,
and I hope you enjoy your cake and cake pops! I've been requested not to post this up on Facebook until Friday night! :)
Here's one more picture!
Merry Christmas Everyone!!!