I can't believe it's November already! Anyone bake / make any Halloween goodies this year? How did it go? And don't forget pictures!! Here's mine: We had a potluck at work yesterday and I baked a cake for it. It's my first Halloween cake (and my first cake in a while life sure gets crazy!). Anyways, I made a chocolate cake with an Oreo buttercream filling, and covered in vanilla buttercream. I then piped a spiderweb and used Oreos for the spiders. Of course, this bake wouldn't go smoothly (just like my buttercream never goes smooth) and it was full of "firsts" (and even a couple lessons learned), but it worked! Since the potluck was on Tuesday, I decided to split the bake into two days between Sunday and Monday. On Day 1 I baked the cakes (and froze them) and prepared all the buttercream, including the filling. On Day 2, I assembled and decorated. Lesson #1: Do not make Oreo buttercream in advance. The filling was originally going to be a raspberry buttercream, but it turns out that I didn't have any raspberry jam! I did have Oreos, so I decided to use those for the filling instead. I pulled the already-prepared buttercream from the fridge and decided to whip it up a bit so it gets fluffy again. BIG MISTAKE! The cookies disintegrated within the buttercream and turned it brown! I still had butter so I re-made it. Lesson #2: In a pinch, store-bought is ok My plan was to make it all from scratch, including the black buttercream for the details. A quick search on getting that really black buttercream was enough to scare me into just buying a little tube of black icing at the grocery store (or rather, send the hubby to go get it while I attempted to get the buttercream as smooth as I could).