It’s impossible to think of Halloween without also thinking of the movie Hocus Pocus. And really, is there a single better Halloween movie than Hocus Pocus? I didn’t think so. I have wanted to make a cake of Bette Midler’s character, Winifred, for YEARS. And this year I finally had the time to do it!
Let me start by saying bust cakes are HARD. So hard. I mean, faces are pretty hard to draw in general, so when you kick that up a notch and try to sculpt it from cake a chocolate, it’s a dicey combo.
Winifred’s neck and head were made from devil’s food (of course!) chocolate cake, with orange buttercream between the layers. Then I covered the whole cake in a layer of white chocolate ganache, and finally topped with modeling chocolate.
Once the initial head-shape was covered, I started to add-on and sculpt all the fun facial details, which were also all made of chocolate. This cake took A LOT of modeling chocolate. Like more than 8lbs of modeling chocolate. What can I say, Winifred definitely holds her weight in her hair. And that hair! I would say 6 hours went into just making her hair, because to get the most realistic look, I needed to roll out small sections and add “curl” detail to them one at a time, then I added them to the cake in strips until it all came together.
Here are a few in-process shots so you can see her coming together:
Once all the modeling chocolate was in place, I used a combination of airbrushing and hand-painting the food coloring onto the cake. Then I added on her hand (made of chocolate), and her jewelry (made of fondant). I LOVE how the jewelry turned out. BRB while I go wear these earrings out one day.
While it would be impossible to capture Bette’s true beauty in cake-form, I’m so happy with how she turned out. Maybe next year I’ll have time to make all three Sanderson Sisters!