I hope you had a fun day today. This cute little fellow is knitting his fingers to the bones to create a treat for Halloween. A fun sculpture that I purchased last year from Middleburg on Etsy. What did you get up to?
Mmm, yum...spooky Chocolate cake for Halloween with a mini graveyard to top it off. My cakey vision? A freshly unearthed gravesite oozing with wriggly worms and rocks and stuff. Luckily it came together quite easily
No, I lie. There was definitely some cursing and cussing. Making the recipe up as I went, hoping that it would work with each step. Then it didn't totally survive transportation to the party venue...a fake, dangling spider on top of my witches hat hooked onto a cookie tree branch and yanked off a limb. Then the bat fell off and my size 10's disintegrated it. There was a mountain of 'dirt' in my lap when I arrived and I'm sure a worm escaped somewhere within the confines of the car. The graveyard now looked more like a stroll in the park than something more sinister. At least I managed to photograph it before the catastrophe (albeit incredibly difficult to shoot) and best of all, it was yummy
2} Cut off the cake top to create a flat area. Trim the edge around the top base. Leave the top edge on the bottom part of the cake. I like the way it looked as if it was oozing over
3} Make the Chocolate Buttercream following Martha Stewart's recipe. Only a third of the recipe is required
4} Working on the base, ice two thin layers, refrigerating between each layer. Press 'flakey' dirt into buttercream
5} Bake cookies using graveyard cutters (tombstones, bat, cat).The tree was radomly cut out with a sharp knife. I cheated and used the divine Careme pre-prepared Dark Chocolate Shortcrust Pastry. Available at specialty shops
6} Ice the top with Buttercream and coat with one packet of Orea biscuits, munched in the food processor with white icing removed
7} Insert 'worms' into cake base with skewer. Press chocolate 'rocks' into icing too. Worms and 'Moon Rocks' available at Sugar Fix confectionery shops
8} Make an incision into icing and insert biscuits into cake top. Refrigerate
9} Don't travel with it in the car
I also made Puff Pastry Intestines based on the recipe from The Knead For Speed blog. I used Nutella for the stuffing. Altogether now....EWWWWwww!
New to Little Brown Pen, stunning printable letters. The photographs were taken from the streets of Paris. These would look gorgeous to personalise stationery, scrap-booking needs or even gift tags
What a lovely, simple idea...here's the instructions to make a this super-easy-but-super-fab fabric Autumn Wreath by Elise Blaha on A Beautiful Mess blog. All you require are some scraps of fabric, a coathanger and little time