I think the voodoo doll cake video at the bottom of this post might be my favorite one yet. First, you’re like, “Wtf? Wrong holiday!” Then, you’re all like, “OMG! Never mind!” It’s an emotional roller coaster, I know.
Hopefully this cake is coming at just the right time for you. Maybe there’s someone in your life that’s been irking you? Maybe you need to get a little aggression out and also bring dessert to the school Halloween party? This cake covers you on so many levels.
Because I couldn’t leave well enough alone, I came up with two more Halloween cake decorating ideas with this gingerbread man pan. Find my spooky mummy and not-so-scary skeleton cakes here:
I’m also going to go ahead and classify this as an #easyassheetcake. No carving, no piping, and the pan does most of the work. I’d say it qualifies!
How to Make a Voodoo Doll Cake
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- Gingerbread man cake pan
- Half batch of Black Velvet Cake batter (or any half batch cake batter recipe)
- Cooking spray
- Extra all-purpose flour for the pan
- 1 batch American Buttercream
- Offset icing spatula
- Piping bag (optional)
- Large cake icer tip (optional)
- Black licorice ropes
- Scissors or a small knife
- Red Fruit Roll-Up
- Round black licorice candy
- Rainbow licorice candy
Make the Cake
Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray and flour the sides and bottom of the gingerbread man pan.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake, rotating the pan’s position halfway through baking, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few crumbs clinging to it, about 25-30 minutes. Bake times may vary depending on your oven. Always check for doneness first.
Transfer the cake to a rack to cool in the pan for about 30 minutes. Turn the cake out onto a cake board or platter. Let the cakes cool complete before frosting, filling, or storing. You can make the cake up to a day in advance and store it wrapped at room temperature or in the fridge.
When the cake has cooled, coat the cake with a layer of buttercream thick enough so that none of the darker cake underneath shows through. I find that using a piping bag fitted with a large icer tip helps this process when icing an odd shaped cake. Smooth the piped frosting with an offset icing spatula.
Make the Heart
Unroll the red fruit roll-up. If your fruit roll-up has markings or tongue tattoos, wipe them away with a damp paper towel. Leave the plastic on and flip the roll-up over. Draw a heart on the plastic and cut the heart out with a pair of kitchen scissors. Peel the plastic off the heart and place it on the cake.
Make the Stitches
Use scissors or a small knife to trim the black licorice rope into the following lengths:
- 1 piece appx. 3-inches long for the mouth
- 4 pieces appx. 4-inches long for the arms and legs
- 10 pieces appx. 2-inches long for the Xs on the hands and feet
- Roughly 45 pieces 3/4-inch long for the stitches
Add the longer pieces to the cake first and layer on the stitches.
Make the Eye
Trim the top off the black licorice drop. Discard or devour the top. Flip the bottom over use a toothpick to poke 4 button holes. Pop the eyeball on the cake.
Make the Pins
Cut the ends off the rainbow candy pieces. Discard or devour the middles and stick the rounded ends onto toothpicks. Playfully add the toothpicks to the cake or add them in a very deliberate way with someone special in mind. Muahahahaha!
Watch the Video