Halloween is in just 10 days! Are you ready? Or are you still debating whether to wear a costume that’s cute and funny OR go a bit risqué? Either way, just pick one already!
Ha! If only it were that simple, right?! Trust me, I know.
A year ago today I went around to different Halloween stores like a crazy mad woman trying to find that perfect costume; of course to end up as a cop with hooker boots. When waiting to the last minute, you really don’t have much of a choice.
But even if you’re not going anywhere to display your fabulous self in costume, you can host a gathering of your own. A great way to unleash your creativity regardless of how simple or detailed you choose. With Halloween, anything goes.
Inspired by the most recent Sandra Lee magazine, one of the desserts she displayed was a purple cake with a similar frosting style as my Spiced Cake. Around the top and sides were a few black spiders. It was a simple yet classy cake with minimal amount of spider décor just enough to say, “Eek! but that’s so pretty!” I was immediately drawn to its beauty and knew I had to make one of my own.
The best part of designing this cake, is that you don’t have to go crazy trying to find the perfect spiders or the right décor for your table. I’m all about trying to find great deals. I was able to purchase a 20-pack of orange-gemmed spiders, a web, and two pumpkins for less than $5.00 at the dollar section of Target, my favorite store (*smile). The orange candle is one I already had; probably bought that from Target too!
I brought this cake to work and I was amazed at the amount of positive feedback I received. Despite the creepy spiders, my coworkers seemed to really like the idea. Maybe I’m underestimating my work on this cake but I pretty much received the same reaction I probably did when I had first seen the cake from the Sandra Lee magazine. Point being, you don’t have to be a cake decorator to really WOW your guests. With a simple design like this, I’m sure you’ll still impress your friends.
The frosting is not buttercream but in fact, whipped cream plus cream cheese. The ease in the making and manipulation of designing the cake makes this type of frosting that much more desirable.
Unlike buttercream, whipped cream – cream cheese has a light, silky texture with a slight flavor of the cream cheese in itself. Its perfect proportion of heavy cream to cream cheese does not overbear the cake’s flavor. In addition, it compliments the cake’s texture by giving it the perfect balance of moistness. This was the first time I made this frosting and it sure won’t be my last!
- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- food coloring (optional)
- 2 cups heavy cream
- In a large bowl, beat on medium speed cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth.
- Add desired food coloring and beat until color is evenly dispersed.
- Add heavy cream and beat on high speed until stiff peaks form. Check frequently to prevent overbeating.
- Frost cake. ENJOY!
Whipped Cream - Cream Cheese Frosting slightly adapted from AllRecipes