Step 6: Build your zombie.

Take your two 8" rounds and two 6" rounds out of the freezer and stack them in this order, buttercream between layers: 8" on bottom, second 8", then a 6" and the second 6" on top.

Next take a knife and carve your basic zombie's shape, whatever or whoever that may be. I gave mine the basic shape then carved out a few details like depressions where I would add the eyes in later, and basic mouth, nose, creases.

Once you have it carved, give it a crumb coat of buttercream. I just used a cake spatula on this part.

Next, roll out enough white fondant to cover this. I smoothed out the fondant, using first my fingers and then my tools to further define the shapes of the facial features. The eyes and the ears were added after this.

On the eye that's there I added the eye ( a smooth slightly domed circle) and then the eyelids over top, and detailed (and gave it that nice milky zombie eye look when painting.) On the missing eye that is actually inset a bit so there's a hollow where the eye used to be. I created a deeper depression with my thumb and then added the eyelids.

I formed the shape of the ears and detailed them after I connected them.

Then went to town with the details of the sagging, rotting skin and his hair and facial hair.

I formed the fingers out of fondant.

I then hand painted him. I mixed up 9 different hues of different colors and some more "watery" than others.
<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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