Was your birthday boy or girl born around October 31st? A Halloween birthday party is the perfect theme for an October birthday! From scary decor to a spider themed cake, your son or daughter will die for this mocha cobweb iced birthday cake.
Yields 8 cups (enough to frost one 4 (10-inch) layer cake)
- 6 egg whites
- 7 1/2 to 9 cups confectioners' sugar
- 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- Black or dark brown food coloring (brown can be made by an equal amount of red, blue, and yellow food coloring)
- Place the egg whites in a large bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat the whites on high speed until soft peaks form. Add the confectioners' sugar, vanilla, and orange juice, and continue beating until the mixture is thick and shiny. The consistency of the icing should make it easy to spread. If it seems too thick, add more orange juice; if it's too thin, add more confectioners' sugar.
- Set aside one-fourth of the white icing to make the cobweb design on top of the cake. Using the rest of the white icing, frost in between the layers and on the sides and top of the cake. To the reserved icing, add black or dark brown food coloring until it looks quite dark. Spoon the dark icing into a pastry bag with a tip or into a plastic squeeze bottle. Starting at the center of the cake, pipe a spiral of dark icing from the center to the outer edge of the cake. Drag a sharp knife point from the center of the spiral out to the edge of the cake. Wipe the knife clean, move about an inch to the right or left, and drag the knife in the opposite direction from the outer edge to the middle of the cake. Continue until you have worked your way around the cake to form a cobweb.