|Aww, how morbid and adorable.|
|Again with the cheating! What am I? A coach for the New England Patriots?|
|My favorite part of making a marble cake is the plopping,|
|followed by the swirling. From ew to ah.|
|It's like a cake Rorschach Test. I'm seeing waves. Of cake.|
Once done baking, I allowed my cake to cool in the fridge while I proceeded to get marker all over my left hand. Not only do I get to die seven years prematurely to right-handed people, but I also get to smear marker on my hand until the day that happens.
|I measured out my cake and then drew out how I wanted my fences to look based on those measurements.|
|I almost wrote out a Jon Snow tombstone and then thought, 'Too soon.'|
|You may have been wondering about the grape stems. Well, my brilliant little head decided a grape stem coated in chocolate would make an excellent dead tree.|
|And my brilliant little head was right. I melted chocolate according to package directions and simply dipped the stem and set out to dry on a paper towel.|
I then poured the rest of the melted chocolate into a piping bag fitted with a #3 tip. I piped over my fence drawing very carefully and let it rest for a bit. While it was resting, I melted a little bit of white chocolate in a piping bag. I snipped the tip off and piped out little hands on my Parchment sheet. Once I could CAREFULLY move the sheet of Parchment paper with a cookie tray underneath, I placed it in to the fridge to harden. Things will be hard enough to handle when you can slide a small spatula underneath to lift the chocolate off the Parchment. Now that all the little touches were complete, it was time to make my chocolate buttercream frosting.
|I do order Crisco in Costco size! Thanks for noticing.|
- 1/2 cup of softened butter
- 1 cup of Crisco
- 2 tsp of vanilla
- 3/4 cup of cocoa*
- 6 cups of powdered sugar
- 6 tablespoons of milk or heavy cream
Blend the butter and Crisco for three minutes until fluffy. Add in the extract and cocoa and blend slowly. Then add in two cups of sugar and two tablespoons of milk. Blend, scrape down the bowl, and repeat this part two more times. Crumb coat the cake and place in the freezer for 15 minutes. Place the final frosting coat on and freeze again for 15-30 minutes. This frosting WILL work with the paper towel trick. But I was going for a graveyard and not a chocolate masterpiece, so I skipped the paper towel smoothing for an uneven terrain look.
|To decorate, I started by firmly, yet somehow also gently, placing my tombstones and tree into the thick frosting layers.|
|I'm into Halloween, but I'm not a heathen, so my cake needed a nice border or I wouldn't be able to rest. I filled a piping bag with my leftover frosting fitted with a #21 tip to make small stars.|
|Excuse me while I marvel at my creativity.|
|Every time I see the Justin Pieces tombstone, my brain reads it as Justin Bieber. Wishful thinking, I suppose.|