Our nephew, Zoltan, was the only one in the family who had not gotten a special birthday cake yet so I let him choose whatever he wanted. Clearly, I am not in touch with pop culture or the interests of 14 year old boys so the first few days after he had made his rather morbid wishes known I kept calling it the “Grateful Dead” cake by mistake. Needless to say, I was not prepared for this cake and did not think I could pull it off. It seems I say that about every cake. By the way, lest you think this is my original design, let me give some credit to a cakecentral.com user for the idea. I should also give some credit to my GH (genius husband). I did not know how I was going to accomplish that “dirty”effect on the door but then he suggested I use cocoa powder . After that, it seemed a much easier task.
The cake was two layers of 9″x12″x2” chocolate mud cake. The fantastic recipe was from cakepaperparty.com and is now my favorite mud cake recipe for fondant cakes — it is rich, moist but sturdy.
I used dark chocolate ganache for the filling and frosting because “Zoli” likes a lot of chocolate in his cake. I think he was happy although it is hard to glean a lot emotion from a teenage boy. I did get a gruff “Thanks.”
To be honest, I felt a little creepy making these hands. It was Saturday evening and I was thinking to myself, “I’m going to church tomorrow morning and I’m sitting here making bloody zombie hands.”
I sent a picture of the cake to GH at this point and this is the conversation that ensued: