This is my Instructable on how to make a sculpted zombie cake.

I made this cake for a very good friend's October birthday, who is a huge horror and comic fan. This was made custom to look like him but you could tailor the look how you please. It was a surprise for him and he absolutely loved it.

Depending on your artistic skill, this could be hard or easy. I'm an artist, new to cake decorating and this is my 4th sculpted cake (self-taught) and I've been making cakes since August (and am absolutely in love with it!)

Total time spent on it from the start of baking to completion was about 12 hours over the course of 3 days. On one day I baked all the cakes and froze them. The next I made the tombstone and the final day I make to zombie and finished it up.

The tombstone is red velvet cake covered in fondant. The zombie is red velvet cake covered in fondant. The fingers are all fondant and the grass/ground is fondant. The dirt is made from chocolate sandwich cookies (minus their cream layer) and ginger snaps ground up in the food processor. It was hand painted with gel food colorings mixed like watercolors (but not with water.)

Step 1:

Here's a list of supplies that I used. There are also recipes or links to recipes used. A lot of the supplies are general cake baking and decorating supplies.

• Cake pans for baking the cakes. I used a quarter sheet pan for the tombstone and two 8" rounds and two 6" rounds.
• General cake decorating supplies: Mixer, spatulas, turn-table, carving/clay/fondant tools, matt to roll fondant on, fondant rolling pin, gel food colors, knife, cake leveler, toothpicks, food-safe paintbrushes, small containers to mix food color "paints" in, 3 quarter sheet cake boards, Exacto knife, hot glue gun, tape, cake support dowels, foil to cover cake boards, etc.
•Ingredients to make cakes, buttercream icing, fondant and to mix food colors with (you will mix the food colorings with something like vodka or clear vanilla extract, not water.)

Here's the link to the alterations made to a box cake mix to make it a little stronger to better support sculpting. I used 3 boxes of cake mix to make this cake. One for the quarter sheet, one for the two 8" rounds and one for the two 6" rounds.

Here's the link to how to make the marshmallow fondant, which is pretty yummy, although very sweet! Pre-made fondant can be bought if you do not want to make the marshmallow fondant but beware that some of the pre-made doesn't taste very appetizing.

Here's a simple recipe for the buttercream icing, a 2 lb batch. This uses shortening in place of butter. I'm in Texas and butter doesn't hold up as well still right now. If you don't have a stand mixer or don't want to make your own icing you can buy some pre-made.
2 Cups Shortening
2 lb bag Powdered Cane Sugar (or approx. 8 Cups)
4 TBSP Meringue Powder
2 tsp Vanilla Extract (use clear vanilla if you want your icing to be white)
2 tsp Butter Flavor (use clear flavor if you want your icing to be white)
1 tsp Almond Extract

Sift together powdered sugar and meringue powder into large bowl. Set aside.
Mix the flavor extracts together in a measuring cup. Add enough water to the mixture to bring the amount to 1/2 a cup. Put this into a mixer bowl with the shortening.
Add about 1/4th of the sifted powdered sugar/meringue powder mixture to the shortening and flavors in the mixer bowl. Beat on a slow speed with the paddle beater and the slowly incorporate the rest of the powdered sugar mix into the mixer bowl as it's slowly mixing. Once it's all in there I usually turn it up a notch in speed for about 1 1/2 - 2 minutes. Then it's done!
Keep it covered until you are ready to use it, as it will "crust" over if you are not ready to use it and leave it uncovered to the air.
<p>wonderful </p>
<p>you should join the contest on the halloween event.....</p>
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Oooh and by the way hoew much did you take to do this!!! It's a very awesome hard work congrats!!!!! (: &lt;3
Thank you! Took me about 12 hours total, give or take an hour.
This is an awesome Instructable! My daughter asked for a zombie cake for her birthday, and though I am an experienced baker, I didn't have a clue what to do. I followed your instructions (though the sculpting too 2 tries) and the results were great. It was a real hit with her classmates, who were appropriately grossed out. I used red velvet, but couldn't get the color dark enough, ditto with icing, so I filled with cherry filling to insure a gooey center. The pics will be up on my blog at crumbleconfections.blogspot.com
Thank you! I'm so glad my Instructable was a help! That's so cool she wanted a zombie cake :) I'm glad it was a hit and look forward to seeing the photos on your blog!
Very cool and thanks for the link to the recipe for the dense cake. <br>
Thank you and your welcome! I've actually been adding an extra egg and an extra 1/2 cup of flour and it's been perfect for sculpting for me, but still moist and not quite as dense as pound cake.
OMG!!! Love, love your work! You are very detailed AND you don't mind sharing.<br>Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to see your next project.
Thank you so much! Next couple cakes aren't much sculpting, but hopefully they come out well. So far I haven't done as well with non-sculpted cakes, lol!
How did you cover it in cake foil after you had assembled the tombstone baseboard?
I just wrapped it around, taping it in places where the foil wouldn't stay in place, on underside of the foil with tape looped around on itself with the sticky side outside. I hope that makes sense!
These are really amazing cakes that you made!! Try seeing if it is possible for you to get into &quot;Cake Chef Challenge&quot; show. I am sure you could get into it.
It's a realy copy of your face!
Well, not of my face :) It's my friend's face!
Sorry. ))<br>Nevertheless, a very beautiful work
Hee hee :) Thank you!
This has to be the most amazing cake I've ever seen! You're truly talented!
Oh, and congratulations on your win too... :D
And thank you again! Can't tell you how excited I was to win the food category! That prize sure has come in handy too. :)
I have never seen a cake like this one before. I have seen over-the-hill cakes that have tombstones and hands, but they can't hold a candle to what you have accomplished. And then to share your masterpiece and techniques here only adds to my awe and amazement. Thank-you, you have the talent, the ambition, so go for it! Bases on what I see... Your cakes will always be the life of the party!
Thank you so much! I'm having a lot of fun making these cakes and learning and teaching myself how to do most of this. Kind of fun to go at it from an artists view. It's more like sculpting and painting to me than cake decorating. Entering my first live show competition at the end of February in Austin, TX at the That Takes The Cake show. Entering the Showcake competition. Scary and exciting all at the same time! Never even been to a cake show to just look so I have no idea what to expect.
Congrats to the prize on the Halloween contest.<br>You really deserved it.<br>:)
Thank you so much! :) It was so much fun and I'm so happy that I got into the sculpted cakes!
Great Job Tami! You really do have the talent ! Love ya...........Dad
voted! I love all of your cakes and hope, that you will post more
Thank you so much! I'm making a Wonder Woman cake for this weekend and then I have 3 cakes in December that I'm making, so I definitely will be posting more! Hoping to make a video soon but I'm not sure how well my little camera will work for that. :)
You are amazing at this! I love the cake and the fact that you made it to look like him. I bet he was very impressed with it!
Awesome! Definitely want to try this one out.
This is really impressive, great job.
Nice ! It's a copy of your face , masterly !
wauu very funny but disgusting hahahahhaha
***** and my vote to food category ;)
Very nice! What tools did you use to sculpt the cakes? You said you carved them; did you use ordinary knives?<br><br>Thank you for sharing!
Hi there! And thank you! <br> <br>I just used a steak knife when carving the cake (it was half frozen to make for easier carving, a little less crumbly) and then used clay sculpting tools and my hands/fingers to work in the detail on the fondant.
<br> That's proper-good. Do you have a photo with it being cut?<br> <br> L<br>
Thanks! <br> <br>Yes, in the &quot;Intro&quot; step if you scroll down there are several photos you can bring up of different phases of the cutting, starting with the knife in the head and then a couple of cuts. :)
<br> Oh yes. An axe would be good (now I'm thinking about weird-weddings...<br> <br> L<br>
See step one.
I think I need friends like you. Great work!
Love the cake and the red cake inside was awesome!
Thank you all! Each time I do one I learn more. Next one will be done for the 30th and another Halloween theme. I can't wait!
great cake, and a good resemblance.<br>mmmm..zombie-cake
I agree... mmm... zombie-cake...
Wow, that's incredible! Dave looks justifiably concerned. ;)<br />And red velvet cake looks awesome in the cutting pictures. Make more cakes! Yours are incredibly inspiring.
That's fabulous. You are really talented! Thanks for sharing. :)
This is totally epic. I wish I was that good at sculpting.

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