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. 

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.
<p>This looks awesome! :D</p>
<p>I made these and they turned out fantastic! I got a little too tired on the last batch and made the shell a bit too thin - a few cracked, but I didn't mind. They looked gross and added to the d&eacute;cor. Thanks for the great instructions and tips!! ;-)</p>
I'm so happy to hear your brains turned out well! I hope you had a great Halloween.
<p>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!</p>
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.
<p>Awesome ! Thanks a lot.</p>
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 &quot;blood&quot; 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). <br>Here's some picks below.
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 :-)
Looks yummy! Keep up the good work! And also BRAINS!!!!!:)
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?
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 :)
Yeah...you won! Congrats!
Congratulations on being a finalist in the Halloween contest!!! Can&rsquo;t wait to see if you win! Good luck!
your site is awesome. any particular chocolate cake recipe and size you recommend for this?
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.
you must put these in the matching <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Fred-Friends-Nomskulls-Cupcake-Mold/dp/B003YUBQH4/ref=sr_1_54?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1352533705&sr=1-54" rel="nofollow">fred and friends Nomskulls</a>!!!
&quot;pull on the mold until your brains pop out.&quot; heehee ;D
I don't get a chance to be funny too often, but with brains, ya just gotta be!
Very cool. Need a more &quot;brain color&quot; 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.
That's freakin' kewl!
That's fricken awesome
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.
These are super gross but I'm sure they were delish!
Love-Luv-Love....Yucky and Yummy at once...3 (out of a possible 2) thumbs up!
Thanks for the thumbs up :)
THIS IS SO GROSS!!!! Which makes it super cool!! VERY well done!!! BTW I love Fred and Friends stuff!

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Bio: I am a blogger (www.HungryHappenings.com) and author of Hungry Halloween, a Halloween cookbook, and I am passionate about creating chocolate and edible art ... More »
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