We are almost American about Halloween in our house.
We LOVE it!
“Guess what Moo?”
“It’s all hallows eve’s ween’s weave’s weeney weeeeeeeeeeeen!”
Maybe it’s the goth in me? Yes, that’s exactly what it is. Some of the costumes of the Trick or Treaters were lush – I soooo wanna be young enough to want to be a witch with flowing green locks and a spooky spiderweb dress…
Anyway, it was time to make the cake…
I used a simple madeira cake recipe – the one on Lindy’s blog is great for carving. I won’t regurgitate it here – check out Lindy’s blog. There are some fantastic tips and techniques.
Here is Steven/Simon/Sven/Cyril???’s split brains. Mwahhahahaaa.
Here’s the carving:
I checked out some great Facebook pages that had fantastic carved skulls. Most were made from rice krispie treats so weren’t much help in the carving BUT they looked totally fantastic and were definitely an inspiration!
Here’s one I LOVE… Rock Cakes. I think she’s my new cake crush! I AM going to make a skull this brilliant one day. Honest! I love the use of dragees – she’s inspired me to start being a little more creative with nonpareils. Thanks Rock Cakes!
Here’s Sven the Skull with a jaw and some eyes…
The sugarpaste was a bit tricky to cover him with – I may have rolled it a little thinly, due to my obsession with getting perfect sharp edges if I can. Obviously, I forgot that skulls don’t have sharp edges. Doh.
Sven worked a treat. Or was he called Steve? Damn.
Anyway, cue a little Fields of the Nephilim whilst creating and painting using confectioners glaze and blossom tints… After all, we WERE going to see them on October 30th! How seriously evil… lol.
Now THAT was a great gig.
But, back to Skull. He needed detailing. Using lots of lustre dusts, blossom tints and metallic paints, I created his eyes. I wanted him to have a very ‘cartoon’ look, so I outlined all of his features in super-black, thinned a little with dipping solution. (Vodka, to you and me).
And again… eyeless. Looks like a scene from a horror film.
Hope you like Skull.
Wait till you see Martin Mummy.