I originally had another recipe scheduled for today, but I decided we really needed to amp up the Halloween for this final week. Enter: today's sugar bombs.
On Sunday, I shared chili in a coffin. That made use of a corn bread base baked up in a loaf pan. The loaf was then partially hollowed out and filled with soup.
The next night as I was trying to fall asleep, I thought, "Hmm...that coffin was kind of cool. What if I did it with cake and filled it with candy instead? That could be fun."
Perhaps you're thinking, "Wait a sec. You've already done a coffin. This is cheating." And perhaps you'd be right. But also? I think this dessert one made better use of the concept because it's sort of like a Halloween piñata cake, but in a loaf pan. (Ever hear of a piñata cake? Here's a fun tutorial.) It's basically a partly hollowed out cake with candy in the middle that spills out when you cut it. You know, like a piñata spills out candy when you hit it.
I'm happy I tried it. My kids were HUUUUGE fans of it. (And why wouldn't they be? It's cake with candy. Sugar on sugar.)
So let's take you through this in a photo tutorial. (I apologize in advance that the pix are sort of dark. I made this on a rainy night and despite having all my kitchen lights on, it was dark and shadowy. Hopefully, though, because it's a scary tombstone, it's more on theme...um, riiiiiight. Ha!)
|Supply list: Entemann's All-Butter Loaf, green Airheads candy (1 flat kind, 1 rope kind),|
gummy frogs, gummy snakes, chocolate frosting. I also used some brown M&Ms (not pictured).
|Turn the loaf on its side and use a serrated knife to slice just under the domed part|
|Here it is in half. Domed part on top, bottom part still on the bottom.|
|Working with the bottom section, use a knife to gently cut a rectangular shape within the cake.|
I left only about a half inch border--I would recommend you leave at least 3/4"-1".
It needs a little more structural support.
|Within the rectangle, slice 5-6 smaller slices to make them easier to remove.|
|Work from the center and use a fork to gently remove a small bite-sized portion |
of the cake so you can fit a fork in there to neatly remove the rest.
|Slide your fork under the cake and the tines will cut and remove for you.|
Again, work from the middle toward the edge, instead of inward like I did.
|Here is the hollowed-out loaf cake. I slid a toothpick into the corner which had cracked,|
to serve like a nail. It held at first, but after I filled it with candy, it cracked open again.
|Now turn your attention to the top domed part of the loaf cake you cut off earlier.|
Turn the dome to face you.
|Use the chocolate frosting to lightly frost the un-cut top portion.|
|(Optional Step - I did it because I didn't want to have gummy candy in crumby cake,|
but depending on how you plan to cut it, it could be in your way. So you could skip the lining.)
|Gently line the inside of the hollowed out section with a small piece of waxed paper.|
|Pour a small, base layer of black or brown M&Ms into the hollow base.|
I used Cookies & Screeem flavor.
|Add some gummy frogs on top of the M&Ms|
|Add snakes on top. Try to position them in different ways, |
so they look extra loopy and coiled like they'd definitely freak out Indy.
This is the point at which the structural integrity of my coffin started becoming a real problem. The weight of the candy pushing against the already-flimsy sides cracked the cake on one side. I tried using toothpick "nails" again to no avail. So that's why you need a thicker edge to begin with. Trust me on that!
|Using the rope taffy, cut a 3" section.|
|Use your thumb to gently flatten one end, then use a paring knife|
to cut out five fingers.
|Continue to press and squeeze into an arm shape.|
Remember, it's a ZOMBIE ARM so it can look bumpy and gross.
|Leave a little extra length for positioning inside the coffin.|
|Using one of the flat taffy, cut thin strips and shape them into RIP.|
Feel free to get more creative with your message if you want to spend the time on it.
|Spooooooky, edible decorations|
|Position the RIP letters on the center of your frosted coffin lid|
|Gently move the lid onto the snake-filled coffin,|
then tuck the arm underneath with the hand coming around
(as though pushing aside the coffin lid to escape.)
|Here's a picture of the inside of the coffin from the side. |
You can sort of see the side had collapsed there.
|I added a little extra frosting to the sides of the lower coffin section|
to add some contrast for where the zombie is reaching out.
|I just moved the coffin lid down more here so you could see the snakes inside.|
Speaking of that cake you took out... I even have a plan for that. It's called OPERATION CAKE POPS. I got 4 good sized pops, plus 1 tasting-sized portion for the cook. They come together in a snap.
|In a medium bowl, crumble up the loaf cake you removed from the bottom section of the loaf.|
|Add 1-2 Tablespoons of chocolate frosting to the crumbs. |
Stir until it's completely combined and the crumbs hold together like a soft dough.
|Roll into balls.|
|Melt about 3/4 cup orange candy melts according to package directions.|
|Dip the tip of a lollipop stick into the candy melt.|
|Gently press the stick 1/2-3/4 of the way into the cake pop ball.|
When it sets, the melt will serve as a glue to better hold the cake.
|Repeat with the rest of the cake pops.|
Freeze for 15 minutes.
|If they hardened while you waited, remelt the candy melts.|
Dip the cold cake ball into the warm melt.
|Gently spin and tap to remove excess melt.|
|The "taster" for the cook (that's me!) It was yum!|
|Pumpkin-shaped cake pop|