Here you'll find a gallery of monster cake designs and pictures with how-to baking instructions. I hope these ideas help you in creating your own cake.
Monster Birthday Cake Index:
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Cake submitted by Chanel S. from Charlotte, NC
Step 1: Make cake mix according to the box directions. Pour one cake mix into a greased 9x13 pan and the other into either two greased 9" round or two greased 8" round cake pans. Bake as directed.
Step 2: While the cakes are baking, mix one can vanilla frosting with red food coloring (use a toothpick to add color a little at a time).
Divide second can of vanilla frosting in half, and dye one half dark orange and the other half light orange (using the same technique to add coloring to icing as you did with the red).
Take 3rd can of icing and dye half of it blue. You should have 5 icing colors: red, dark orange, light orange, blue, and white. Set icing aside until ready to use.
Step 3: Cool cakes completely before icing.
Step 4: Cut 9x13 cake into monster shape (triangle with rounded edges). I used the book as a guide. Make feet and horns with remaining pieces of monster cake. Try to use the corners and edges of the cake to your advantage!
Step 5: Frost monster with red icing. (Tip: To get a "smoother" look, put icing in the microwave for 15-30 sec., stir and pour over the cake. Smooth quickly, it hardens very fast!) Use the same technique to frost feet and horns (horns should be blue).
Attach feet and horns to monster's body with a dab of icing. If they don't stick, you can use toothpicks. (Just remember they're there before you eat the cake!)
Step 6: Make the face by putting white icing into an icing bag with tip #3 or 4, and draw on eyes making one larger than the other. Put same #tip on pre-made black icing and make "pupils" of eyes, also making one larger and one smaller.
Step 7: Use black icing to create mouth. Take the marshmallows that you cut into fourths, and create teeth by putting them inside the monsters mouth. Try to space them evenly.
Step 8: Take two "Pull-N-Peel" Twizzlers and cut one of them down to about 3 inches (not exact), the other one should be cut to about 1/2 of that. Once again, I looked at the book and just "guesstimated" what the lengths were.
Push the Twizzlers into the cake, slightly below the eyes. To create fingers, gently pull apart 3 of the individual sections (there should be 2 sections to each finger).
Step 9: To make "One-Oogly Eye", fill cooled circular cakes with whatever filling/frosting you choose (I filled mine with chocolate icing).
Step 10: Frost sides and 1/2 of top of cake with dark orange (using the same frosting technique as used with the red monster).
Frost remainder of the monster cake with light orange icing. (To get a good round circle, I used a Pyrex glass dish and pushed it gently into the cake to make a circular impression.)
Step 11: Make the big eye the same way you made the other eye (use another circular item in the house if you need a template).
Put a little red frosting in the icing bag, and make a smile for the monster. Take the marshmallow halves, and place them on the smile to create the "teeth".
Step 12: Take the split mini ice cream cones and frost them with the dark orange icing. Place them on top of the monster's head, pressing them gently into the cake to get them to stick.
Use skewers or lollipop sticks to pierce through gumballs and attach them to the top of the "horns" (you will have to poke them into the cake to get them to "stick").