Even though we did not attend a major Halloween party this year, I still wanted to make some fun and memorable treats for us to enjoy leading up to the big day. While my interior decor was lacking, the outside of our home hosted numerous pumpkins, mums, and of course – cobwebs.
Normally, I like to buy Halloween shaped pasta and do a meal that has a special twist. However this year, while our dinner consisted of leftover beef stew, our dessert was something out of horror film. Enter: The Brain Cake. This easy to make cake is not only festive, but would act as the perfect centerpiece for your next ghoulish gathering.
What you need:
2 boxes of yellow cake mix (you could also do Strawberry)
2 cups of milk
red food coloring
1 box of vanilla pudding
2-3 containers of pink frosting
piping bag (if you don’t have one, simply fill a large Ziploc bag with frosting and cut off the very tip of the bag)
**optional eye ball candy or cake pops and cotton candy for garnish
- Mix together the eggs, oil, and 1 cup of the milk.
- Stir in the dry cake mix from both boxes.
- While the batter is mixing, add in a few drops of red food coloring. Do this until the batter has turned a light pink color.
- Separate the batter into two greased 9″ round pans.
- Bake for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
- While the cakes are baking, mix together the remaining milk and pudding mix. Place in the refrigerator to set.
- Allow the cakes to cool completely. This is very important, as it will be much easier to cut and frost when they have cooled.
- Carefully slice both cakes in half horizontally.
- Place a thin layer of pudding on the top of one of the bottom cake halves.
- Place the second bottom cake halve on top.
- Repeat steps 9 and 10 with the two top cake halves.
- Using your piping bag, outline the cake in what will be the two brain halves.
- Within each halve, carefully snake the frosting in rows across each “half”.
If you are feeling extra festive, place a thin layer of cotton candy around the base of the cake to mimic a “dry ice” effect. I also think this would look really cute on a table with eye ball cake pops or other candy.
While I am sad to say this Halloween treat ended up being more of a ‘trick’ on me, as it didn’t turn out quite like I had envisioned it in my head… here are a few things I learned:
- Over plan. Lightly frost the cake and wait before piping out the “brain waves”. This will ensure that you won’t have any frosting gaps that expose bare cake underneath.
- Make less cake. If I were to do this again, I’d make less cake, or make cupcakes or small 2-person cakes. The double mix ended up being too much, and I left off some of the cake from the last layer.
- Be okay with being “less than Pinterest”. I was disappointed that my cake idea did not come to complete fruition of what I had planned. I ended up swiping all of the frosting together and calling it a day. If I had been planning to make this for other people I would have let it bother me that this carefully planned out recipe did a semi-fail; but sense it was just my family, I laughed it off and well, ate it.