We're in the middle of October and that means, some of us, are already preparing for Thanksgiving, and even December's events. In Southern California, where the seasonal changes are primarily marked by window displays at the shopping mall, we're not quite feeling the pressure to move on. In fact, these past few days have been delightfully blustery, a sure sign of a SoCal Fall- but not quite cool or chilly. So I set out, with the help of my Keurig 2.0, to brew something fiendish in my quiet little kitchen.
With all of the wonderful cake decorating and baking aids readily available in the modern craft store, or even the seasonal aisle of one's local Walmart, making a fiendish delight come to life is easier than ever. I'd been holding onto a few pairs of mini (5") springform pans for a while, and they were just the size for these special treats. I also found 'Slime Green' Wilton cake decorating gel, and gummy eyeballs for under $2 at Walmart. Paired with a piping bag, some red food color, and a few minutes patience these chilled layers of mocha cake came to life quickly!
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Mocha Zombie Cakes
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2 C Granulated Sugar
1 3/4 C All Purpose Flour
3/4 C Dutch Processed (Dark) Cocoa
2 TSP Baking Soda
1 TSP Baking Powder
1 TSP Salt
1 C Buttermilk
1 C Strong Brewed Dark Roast Coffee
1/2 C Vegetable Oil
1 TSP Vanilla Extract
2 C Frosting of choice
Red Food Color
Green (Sparkle Preferred) Food Decorating Gel
Gummy Eyeballs (These may be made by decorating slices marshmallows)
Piping Bag and Straight Tip
Preheat Oven to 350F
1. Grease and flour 5-6" mini Springform pans (I buy mine at the craft store, you can buy them single or in packs of 3.)
2. Combine dry ingredients in large bowl. Add remaining ingredients, one by one. Beat on medium speed in mixer about 2 minutes, until smooth and all ingredients are fully incorporated. Batter will be thin. Pour to just about 1/2 height in prepared pans. Batter will yield about 6-8 layers i the 5-6" size, or 3-4 two layer mini cakes.
3. Bake 30-35 MINS, or until pick inserted comes out clean. Cool 10 mins in pan, and then remove and allow to cool (chill preferred) completely before decorating.
4. To Assemble: Add red coloring to frosting until it reaches the shade of choice. Frost two, chilled, layers together and frost the outer layer with a thin, uniform coating. Place remaining colored frosting into a piping bag with straight tip. Beginning on the outside edge (top) pipe tight spirals. Continue to pipe spirals of even or varied size until the top is covered. Using the green gel, create round spirals where you wish to place the eyes- the green spiral effect will create a 'sagging' visual effect beneath the eyes. Place your eyes on top. Decorate uneven edges on the bottom with 'buttons' of leftover frosting.