“Your eyes, are nothing to live for, But with matcha lava
You’ll bring the ghostly cake to life” – The Gourgandines
We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate Halloween than with the delightful band The Horrors.
When we first heard about them, they had just released their 1st album “Strange House” and to be honest, at the time, we didn’t go much further than their aesthetics and a few songs though we have to admit their hair looked pretty damn fabulous (#hairgoals).
Anyway, a few weeks back, we randomly came accross their new single “Machine” (Thank you Sound Of Violence) and fell instantly for it.
Vdisturbing and strangely fascinating Cronenbergian album cover (by Erik Ferguson) and the video for “Something to Remember Me By” featured below finally managed to convince us the world needed a Horrors-inspired recipe.
Soooooo here we come here we go, let’s make a deliciously horrific Halloween Horrors Cake!
Halloween Horrors V Cake Show
aka Blorpy the blorby blop
One of the most important things before embarking upon cake design is to get familiar with a few basic cake recipes so you can chose the best depending on the design you want to create.
You can try different textures but always keep in mind the cake is what will hold the piece together. You need something dense and yet moist, super tasty and pretty when you cut it. Or you’ll get booed and might face major backlash. Many options are available to avoid such a tragedy : your grandma’s famous recipe, cake mix (yes lazy people, we care about you too <3), Victoria sponge or our beloved carrot cake, etc…
Or you can try this super easy recipe that changed our lives. Never underestimate the power of a cake.
Step 1 : Molly Cake
180g white sugar / 250g for the original recipe but works great with less. Healthier option. Or you can eat more.
6g baking powder
250g heavy cream
Red food coloring
Pre-heat oven to 160°
Beat the eggs and sugar in a food processor, stand mixer or with an electric mixer. The mixture must be thick, pale and triple in volume.
Carefully incorporate the flour and baking powder. Add the vanilla extract.
Whipped cream : place a mixer bowl and whisk in the freezer to chill. Pour the heavy cream into the cold bowl and whisk on high speed until medium to stiff peaks form. Try not to eat it.
Gently add the whipped cream into the eggs and sugar mixture. Add the food colouring. Be careful not to over mix it, you don’t want your masterpiece to be Weighed Down.
To obtain a perfect round shape, you can bake your Molly into a glass bowl. Useful tip : if you don’t want to destroy your oven and / or burn your house use a Pyrex one.
Bake for 1h. That’s V’s full lenght + an extra play for Machine.
Step 2 : Horrors / Jell-O Matcha Lava
That’s the fun part : the Matcha lava insert.
5 vigourous Horrors
1/2 box of Jell-O vanilla instant pudding mix
We highly recommend you stock a few boxes since we’re pretty convinced it’s highly radioactive and will eventually be removed from sale. If you live in France you can order it HERE
3 tablespoons Matcha powder or Horrors’ pure extract
Green and yellow food colouring,
Combine the instant vanilla pudding mix with Matcha in a bowl. Works even better with Horrors extract, if you manage to lay your hands on 5 vigourous Horrors, you’ll find the extraction process in the video below.
Slowly and gradually add some milk and beat well until you reach the right consistency (not too liquid but not too firm either).
Add some green and yellow food colouring. The greener and brighter, the better.
Step 3 : Assembling the freaking masterpiece
1 Molly Cake
Horrors / Jell-O matcha insert
Horizontally cut your Molly cake into 3 parts.
Generously spread the cherry jam on each slice and rebuild the cake.
Cut a hole in the center of the cake to make some room for the insert. You can dig with a teaspoon, just be careful to save a bit of Molly Cake to properly close up the dome.
Pour your beautiful green mixture in. Be generous.
Tadam! Congrats, you just made a beautiful… cake dome.
Step 4 : Royal icing
2 egg whites
400g icing sugar
Red and yellow food colouring
In a large bowl, combine the egg whites and vanilla and beat until frothy. Add the icing sugar and gradually and mix well until sugar is incorporated and mixture is shiny.
Add the food colouring.
Roughly pour the icing on the cake and place it in the fridge.
Step 5 : Braiiinnnzzzzzz
Pink sugar paste
Form a brain shape with pink marzipan.
Roll small parts of sugar paste on your work surface with the palm of your hand. Twist them and stick them on your marzipan base with a bit of water. Doesn’t have to be perfect, just have fun!
For the bloody effect, use a pastry brush to paint your brain with cherry jam and a light touch of red food coloring.
Do not wait any further, place this beauty on top of the cake so it leaves a beautiful creepy trail on the icing.
Step 6 : I Can See Through You
Time to get ready for the final touch : place candy eyeballs all around your masterpiece. They will easily set on the royal icing.
We found some pretty ready-for-use candy eye balls, don’t worry if you don’t. You may use sugar paste or even marshmallows topped with chocolate chips, be creative!
Well, i’ts been a pleasure as always.