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Bleeding Cake Ball Brains

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Transform ordinary cake balls into gory brains for Halloween by creating a candy shell using a silicone brain mold, filling it with red colored jam and a cake ball. 
 
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Step 1: Ingredients

1 baked chocolate cake
1/4 - 1/2 cup vanilla frosting
30-38 ounces melted white confectionery coating/candy melts*
black candy coloring (if you want your brains to be grey)
cherry jelly, jam, preserves, or dessert sauce (3/4 teaspoon per brain)
red food coloring (if you want to intensify the color or the cherry sauce)

*If you don't have experience working with or melting white confectionery coating or candy melts, read my detailed Chocolate Making Tips page for instructions, here. This tutorial has lots of trouble shooting tips.

Step 2: Special Supplies Needed

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You will need at least one, but I recommend several Fred and Friends Brain Freeze Molds.

Step 3: Making your cake balls

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Cut about 1/2" all around the edge of the cake and just enjoy a snack. Break up the center of the cake into a mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer (my preferred method**) or a food processor. Add 1/4 cup white frosting. Mix to combine.  If the mixture holds together well and you can easily form balls, then stop, if it crumbles, add up to another 1/4 cup frosting. Set aside.

By using a stand mixer your cake balls will have a smooth truffle like consistency. If you do this by hand, you will probably want to mix it with your actual hands to get it smooth.
ajeweltoo1 month ago

Thank you for the great idea! They were easy to make and came out perfect. I made 4 batches of 4, and none of them cracked. I made sure to get the coating nice and thick. I made peanut butter cake and used strawberry jam so they were peanut butter and jelly flavored. If I were to make these again I would use a strawberry jelly instead of jam because the color wasn't very bright, and I would put more inside so they would reall bleed when they were cut. They were a big hit at my office! I'm thinking about buying some other themed silicon molds to make these for other themes!

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hungryhappenings (author)  ajeweltoo1 month ago
I'm so happy to hear they turned out well for you. They look great in your pictures. I use silicone molds all the time to make all sorts of treats like cheesecakes, chocolate, and more. I have a bunch of holiday recipes using them on my blog, Hungry Happenings.
saudrupien9 months ago

Awesome ! Thanks a lot.

realife111 year ago
I LOOOOVE this recipe! I just tried it for the first time for a halloween party and they came out perfect. I used vanilla cake and strawberry jam instead so that the red jam "blood" would stand out more. I coated the inside of the mold with vegetable oil first to act as a mold release and it worked perfectly. One of the brains cracked though, but I used it to my advantage by making little green sugar 'worms' to be coming out of the bloody brain. Thanks for the great idea, I am making these next year as well (after I buy a few more molds).
Here's some picks below.
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hungryhappenings (author)  realife111 year ago
I'm so glad to hear you made my Cake Ball Brains for Halloween and that they turned out so well. I love the addition of the green worms. It's creepy and cool. I'm going to share one of your pictures on my blog, Hungry Happenings, in my Reader's Gallery, if you don't mind.
I'd be honored, thank you :-)
as91 year ago
Looks yummy! Keep up the good work! And also BRAINS!!!!!:)
d3unan1 year ago
I made these today and could not, for the life of me, pop out the brains without cracking the chocolate. My brains looked like someone bashed them in with a hammer. I stretched the silicone and pushed as gently as possible but no dice. Tips?
hungryhappenings (author)  d3unan1 year ago
Sorry to hear you are having trouble. It can be challenging to get the brains out of the molds as they curve in, so you have to peel them away a bit before popping out the brains. If your brains are cracking, you most likely need to coat the mold with more chocolate. Most white chocolate or white confectionery coating will be thick enough with just one coat on the mold, but some coatings are quite thin and may require a second coat. You could either paint of two coats, or allow the candy coating to cool and thicken a bit before painting it into the molds.
I used Oreo truffle for the center ( because thats what i had left over from a previous project) and Herseys milk chocolate as the shell and Black Cherry jelly. They came out really well. Thanks for the inspiration :)
kcli2 years ago
Yeah...you won! Congrats!
poofrabbit2 years ago
Congratulations on being a finalist in the Halloween contest!!! Can’t wait to see if you win! Good luck!
dtepper2 years ago
your site is awesome. any particular chocolate cake recipe and size you recommend for this?
hungryhappenings (author)  dtepper2 years ago
Thanks! I actually just use Duncan Hines Devil's Food cake mix. Sometimes I doctor it up by swapping out 2 tablespoons of the oil with 2 ounces of melted semi sweet chocolate.
jovialj2 years ago
you must put these in the matching fred and friends Nomskulls!!!
kpayne22 years ago
"pull on the mold until your brains pop out." heehee ;D
hungryhappenings (author)  kpayne22 years ago
I don't get a chance to be funny too often, but with brains, ya just gotta be!
Very cool. Need a more "brain color" for the outside and maybe a gummy worm inside... Why yes, I am one sick individual...
Yeah, I made them a light gray, fearing if I made them too realistic, no one would eat them. I think based on the reaction I got, I could have made them really look like actual brains and people would have still gobbled them up.
elljay.q2 years ago
That's freakin' kewl!
aje1272 years ago
That's fricken awesome
barista2 years ago
Mwuahahahaha!
HEY YOU2 years ago
These are Fantastic - Nicely Done - Great Instructable......
Very cool! I love how you were able to coat the mold so well with the candy melts.
rrkrose2 years ago
These are super gross but I'm sure they were delish!
hungryhappenings (author)  rrkrose2 years ago
Thanks!
kcli2 years ago
Love-Luv-Love....Yucky and Yummy at once...3 (out of a possible 2) thumbs up!
hungryhappenings (author)  kcli2 years ago
Thanks for the thumbs up :)
poofrabbit2 years ago
THIS IS SO GROSS!!!! Which makes it super cool!! VERY well done!!! BTW I love Fred and Friends stuff!