A Deliciously Disgusting Dish
I throw a huge annual Halloween party and we go ALL OUT! No slacking on the decorations, no expenses spared on the costumes. So you can be sure that the food has to live up to those standards too! By far, the creepiest looking thing on my table is the red velvet cake eyeballs. You can imagine how gross that red center looks in low light! Some people are too squeamish to try them but once they do, they can’t get over how good they taste!
Creepy Cake Eyeballs (Recipe yields approximately 50 1” eyeballs)
• 1 box of red velvet cake mix
• Ingredients on cake box
• 1 can cream cheese icing
• 1 lb. white chocolate or almond bark (for dipping)
• Icing markers
Bake the red velvet cake according to the directions on the box. Once the cake has cooled, crumble it into a large bowl and combine it with the entire can of icing. I’ve found the best method for this is to use your hands; a spoon just won’t cut it. So take off any jewelry, wash your hands, and dig in! Make sure that all cake pieces are saturated with the icing. Cover the bowl and place it in the freezer for 1-3 hours (this makes the next step less messy).
Once frozen, roll the mixture into balls (about 1” diameter). If it is taking a long time to get it all rolled you may need to occasionally put the mixture back into the freezer – or just keep excess mixture there until it’s needed. When it gets gooey it’s very hard to roll up and you’ll have an even bigger mess on your hands (no pun intended!).
After all your mixture has been balled, place them back in the freezer and leave them overnight. If you can’t wait that long, four hours is the minimum amount of time I would suggest but you’ll need to leave all but a few at a time in the freezer during the next step.
Melt the dipping chocolate or almond bark (mixing in a teaspoon of shortening for each pound of chocolate will help to keep it from clumping). Dip each ball individually, making sure that it gets completely covered and place them onto wax paper to dry/harden.
Once the candy coating has hardened, use the icing markers to decorate the balls like eyes. This takes a bit of an artistic hand but not too much talent is involved. First, I brush on circles in the centers in either green or blue (you could use any color you prefer). Next I make pupils with the black marker. Lastly, I make the eyes look bloodshot by drawing red squiggly lines coming out from the center.
The type of icing you use for decorating the cake eyeballs is very important. Through trial and error I’ve found a few things that don’t work: gel icing will not dry, cake icing will not set up, and felt tipped icing markers refuse to write on the candy coating.
Icing markers that have paint brush type tips have worked better than anything else I have tried. Whatever you decide to use, I suggest something that will harden or dry so you can pack/store the cake balls easily.
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