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Zombie Brain Halloween Cake

Gross Halloween party foods are always impressive, but trust us, if you really want to impress your zombie guests, serve up this gross Halloween party dessert once the main meal is over.

While eyeballs are quite the delicacy, brains are undoubtedly a zombie’s favorite food. From the rich and fatty frontal lobe back to the sumptuous cerebellum, brains are such a treat. With such a description, aren’t you just dying to try some?! Move over still-beating hearts, brains are what’s for dinner, or in our case, dessert.

  • Red velvet cake box mix
  • Buttercream or Swiss Meringue buttercream frosting, tinted pink
  • Edible Blood
  • Your choice of cutlery

Make the red velvet cake according to package directions. Use an oven-safe pancake batter bowl to bake the cake in order to achieve that lovely brain-shaped appearance.

Once the cake has baked and cooled completely, it’s time to really layer on the gross factor. To make the cake brain-like, pipe cranial wrinkles onto the cake using a wide round tip in your pastry bag. The more wrinkles, the better! Use the photo above as a reference – this technique is simple, but effective!

After covering the entire cake, strategically drizzle the edible blood from a central point on the cake and gently place the knife in the frontal lobe to make both a totally awesome centerpiece for your dessert buffet and a perfect sweet treat for your zombie guests.

Make it a Travel Size Treat

Good hosts and hostesses always send their walking undead friends home with a nice parting gift. Either something of value or a little gnosh for the ride home is perfect.

For mindless beings of mass slaughter and destruction, a bauble isn’t likely the correct choice, and an edible helping of “brains-to-go” will be much more appreciated as a zombie Halloween party favor.

In lieu of a giant brain cake, red velvet cupcakes are placed in the bottom of a mason jar for these favors, and frosting piped into the jar with a round tip to create brain “wrinkles.”

If you’d like to spice them up a bit more, a dallop of cherry pie filling in the middle of the frosting would be a perfect and tasty touch.

Edible AND attractive is always best, so we’re providing a free download of the 2 inch circles for the lids and biohazard sign for the front of your maniacal mason jars.

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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