This is one of those ideas that's so simple, you won't believe that you've never thought of it before! I found this template a few years ago in Country Living magazine, and I've used it so often, I've copied it for my  decorating file.

Here's what happened..... It's the day of your best friend's Halloween party and you said you'd bring a fabulous dessert! Well, you got hung up at work, were late picking up the kids...and forgot to bake the cake! OK. Don't panic. Here's what you do. Go to your favorite grocery store. Pick out a pretty cake (with white icing) and swing down the baking aisle and get some black, orange or red colored sugar.

Once you get home, put the cake on a pretty cake plate and get out your handy-dandy template. Lay it carefully (and flat) on top of the cake. Sprinkle colored sugar over the template. Lift the template off carefully. Abracadabra! It's a masterpiece!

We're so lucky the people at Country Living have this template on their website for you to copy! Click here to view the template!