Your guests will be delightfully disgusted to see you serving a brain on a platter. Easy fondant icing helps you create a brainy surface that looks realistic. The fun begins, though, when you slice into it and banana pudding oozes out! Bring out your inner cannibal with this tasty idea.
- 2 boxes white cake mix
- 8 inch diameter stainless steel bowl
- 8 inch cake pan (if you’d like to make things even easier, use a brain-shaped mold)
- spray oil, like Crisco or Pam
- 2 lbs powdered sugar
- 1 cup corn syrup
- 1 cup softened butter
- 1 drop red food coloring
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 box instant pudding (banana pictured)
Baking the Brain . . . Cake
Preheat the oven as directed on the cake mix package and mix in a mixing bowl according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Spray the stainless steel bowl and the cake pan with oil.
Pour some batter into the stainless steel bowl, leaving 1-2 inches at the top.
Pour the remaining batter into the cake pan (it’s OK if it’s very thin).
Place the bowl and the pan into the oven and bake until done. You’ll have to check the batter in the stainless steal bowl with a clean knife or toothpick. Insert it in the center and if it comes out clean it’s done. It will take longer to cook than the batter in the cake pan, so check every ten minutes until done.
Cool both cakes completely for at least an hour.
Assembling the Cake
Mix the pudding according to the manufacturer’s instructions and let chill.
Use a bread knife to hollow out the cake that was cooked in the bowl, within 2 inches of the edges of the bowl.
Fill the recessed area with pudding.
Carefully place the flat cake from the pan into the bowl on top of the pudding, sealing up the cake with the pudding.
Invert the entire cake onto a plate and remove from the bowl. You should now have a dome cake.
Making the Fondant
In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter, corn syrup and vanilla. Use a drop of red food coloring to give it a fleshy peach color. If it looks to pink to you, add just one drop of yellow. Remember, it will lighten a lot when you add the powdered sugar.
Add up to 2 pounds of powdered sugar until it forms a smooth solid ball that stays together.
Roll out and flatten the fondant using powdered sugar to prevent sticking. When it’s 1/4 inch thick, divide in half and lay the first half over the top of the cake (roll further if it doesn’t quite fit).
Take the other half of the fondant and roll several long “snake” rolls by hand and lay them on top of the cake in a squiggly pattern to create brain matter. Be sure to delineate between the two brain halves. If you used a mold, follow the contours.
When the cake is covered, use a wet paintbrush to polish the top surface and give it a sheen
Cake can be served immediately, or store chilled. Mmmm, chilled brains for Halloween!