Friday, June 29, 2007
Now here’s one “monster” of a cake! These six tall, green layers will be sure to make an impression. Then, experience the terror, as they realize that you have pieced your monster together from three cakes!
Now, this cake does take quite a bit of work… as all good monsters do… And it will feed an angry, torch wielding mob with ease… making this the perfect cake to make for your very own Frankenstein party… or to celebrate the day of your own creation. (For birthdays top with sparkler candles for that extra electric spark!
Suggested Movie Accompaniment:
Basic cake recipe / per flavor
Instant pudding mix (4 serving box)
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cups milk
2 tsp extract
1/4 cup oil
2/3 cup water
green food coloring
Variations needed per flavor
Cake 1: use pistachio pudding mix, vanilla extract and 1/8 tsp food coloring
Cake 2: use vanilla pudding mix, almond extract and 1/4 tsp food coloring, and an extra 3/4 tsp right before pouring into pans (do not mix entirely, stir it in so that its swirly and marbled looking)
Cake 3: use chocolate pudding mix, vanilla extract, and 1 1/2 Tbs food coloring.
1. Preheat oven to 350ºF
2. Sift together all dry ingredients, and stir until well mixed.
3. Wisk together wet ingredients until combined and smooth.
4. Combine the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients, and stir until smooth and there are no more dry spots.
5. Pour into 2 greased and floured 8 inch cake pans.
6. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until firm in the center.
7. Remove from oven, let cool slightly and remove from pan, and let cool COMPLETELY.
8. Repeat for other flavors.
You will need
2 jars of Nutella or similar chocolate hazelnut spread
1 jar readymade dark chocolate frosting
Roughly chopped pistachios (optional)
1. Take one cake of each flavor and stack on top of each other.
2. Randomly cut into different size pieces, all the way through all three cakes. (see example)
3. Mix up the pieces of each flavor, so that you have three “patchwork” layers. (see example)
4. Take one layer and place onto large serving plate, piece by piece, gluing together the pieces with a thin bit of Nutella. Spread a thin layer of Nutella on top of the cake layer, and repeat with the next cake layers one on top of each other. ( Tip, rotate the pieces so that it appears more random. See example)
5. Repeat with the other three cake layers.
6. Spread all around the sides and top with the remainder of the Nutella, then spread the dark chocolate frosting all over the cake, and smooth out the frosting.
7. Press chopped pistachios into the sides of the cake, or if you don’t like that idea, you can decorate the sides with green sanding sugar instead.