Friday, September 3, 2010

Zombie Cupcakes

A Zombie Ate My Cupcake:
25 Deliciously Weird Cupcake Recipes
by Lily Vanilli

I couldn't resist and just had to present this book for September Zombies after reading Zombiette Misty's post on Icky Edibles and post that mentions the relationship between cupcakes and unicorns.

Description from the amazon:
This book features killer cupcakes that taste bloody good! After being banished for so long to the land of the pretty and identical, the domestic and the twee, cupcakes are biting back. Here, Lily Vanilli shows how you can take inspiration from anywhere - insects, roadkill, zombies - and recreate it in cake, but always with a delicious result.

This book is an introduction to making cakes that look weird, ugly and even grotesque - but that taste divine! There are amazing materials for making edible sculptures and hundreds of things you can do with natural ingredients.

Give guests a shock with revoltingly realistic Marzipan Beetles, or add a crunch to your desserts with Morbid Meringue Bones, dipped in raspberry blood sauce.

Try out a black cherry Dracula's Bite red velvet cupcake with cream cheese, eat your way through heavenly Fallen Angel Cakes or go for indulgent and truly dark chocolate Devil's Delight Cupcakes. If Ozzy Osbourne made cupcakes, these are the ones he'd want to eat.

Sample recipe:
Blood-Stained Brain Halloween Cupcakes

two batches of red velvet cupcake batter
cherry sauce

For the buttercream frosting:
1⁄2 cup (115g) butter, at room temperature
31⁄2 cups (500g) confectioner's (icing) sugar, sifted
4 tablespoons full-fat milk
1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
red and black food coloring

These are what a zombie really wants to eat -- delicious human brains! For these cakes, I used red velvet cupcakes (see page 58) in a jumbo-size as a base, but any cake recipe you like will work. Jumbo-sized paper cases are double the size of regular cupcakes, so use an extra-large muffin tin and make up two batches of the red velvet batter, cooking them for an extra couple of minutes. The rich, brain-colored buttercream is flavored with vanilla and laced with cherry gore for a sharp yet delicious taste.

1. To make the frosting, beat the butter in a medium bowl. Add 21⁄4 cups (300g) of the sugar, the milk, and vanilla extract, and blend together with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Slowly add the remaining sugar until you reach a consistency you can work with -- soft enough to pipe, but thick enough to hold its shape well.

2. Add the food colorings using a wooden toothpick so that you can add very small amounts, until you get the color you want.

3. Fit a piping bag with a number 10 tip and spoon in the frosting. Pipe the frosting in a line up the middle of each cake -- just off-center -- and zigzag back down from side to side, or in any brain pattern you like. Repeat for the opposite side.

4. Refill the piping bag with cherry pulp and pipe into gaps in the "brain matter" for a "blood-stained" effect.

This should come in handy the next time you have zombies over for dinner ;-D


* recipe directly lifted from Parenting

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