A chocolate cauldron filled with cake, candy and a touch of sparkle is a must for Halloween! With step-by-step photos and a little imagination, this is a fun project the whole family can get involved in!
Blow up the balloon. Rinse under water and dry completely. Melt candy melts in a large bowl in the microwave in 30 second intervals until completely smooth.
Dip balloon in melted chocolate, turning to make sure about 2/3 of the balloon is well coated. Set the coated balloon on parchment paper. The excess chocolate that forms on the bottom will help form a nice base. Refrigerate 30-60 minutes till set.
Pop the balloon carefully and peel out of chocolate shell. Place cauldron on a foil-covered cake cardboard or platter.
In an electric mixer with whisk attachment, whip heavy cream with powdered sugar and vanilla extract to make whipped cream. Spoon about 1/3 of the whipped cream into a small bowl and reserve. Fold chopped up Snickers into the larger amount of whipped cream.
Start filling the cauldron by layering cubed cake topped with Snickers whipped cream.
Repeat until full, ending with a layer of cake. Dollop reserved whipped cream on top.
Divide the buttercream into two bowls. Color one bowl orange and one bowl red. In a pastry bag with tip #79 (u-shaped tip), fill one side of the piping bag with orange buttercream using an offset spatula, then carefully fill the other side with red.
Pipe a ring of buttercream around the base of the cauldron.
Pipe flames all around the cauldron coming up from the base.
Fill cauldron with candy corn, gummy worms and assorted candy. If desired, lightly dab water around the edges of the cauldron and brush with gold disco dust.
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