Congratulations to all the finalists and winners for the Halloween Food Contest. This year brought a host of inspiring, terrifying, and ghoulish projects. As always, it was a labor of love to have to sort through such impressive projects to choose the final nine.
Monkey Brain Cake took our top spot, with its glorious presentation and gruesome concept. It took three days to sculpt this masterpiece, and it shows. The photos are clean, compelling, and informative. The write-up is informative, easy to follow, and injected with humor and a real sense of the author’s personality. Many congrats to BubbleandSweet and thanks for sharing this epic project with us.
Second prize went to three fantastic entries:
hungryhappenings’ Bleeding Cake Ball Brains showcases a clever use of several techniques, and exploits an ice cube tray to its best effect. The finished product is subtle until interacted with, adding a delicious element of surprise. The photos are bright and clear, and the write-up is easy to follow. The author also offers helpful suggestions for addressing trouble spots and how to make individual elements really stand out.
chefsea’s Assorted Eyeballs and Sockets impressed us with a clever and unconventional use of ingredients to create an eye-popping result. So much care and detail was put into creating such a gory, and yet appetizing snack. The write up is deli-eye-tfully punny, and the photos well illustrated the technique. The final result looks almost too realistic to eat!
Most Awesome Halloween Cake comes to us from new author, licenseless. While the write-up is a little hard to digest, the concept and execution are impressive. Every part of the cake and its accoutrements were hand-sculpted to a sublimely sanguinary effect. Small details like adding the veins to the heart before covering it in fondant are a great tribute to the amount of skill that went into creating this entry.
The third prize slots were gobbled up by five fantastic entries.
Candy Corn on the Cob by alaskantomboy stormed the Internet and garnered over 100K impressive page views. This was a very simple execution on a super clever idea. Kudos to the great work, informative write-up, and fun photos that make this entry shine.
How To Make Spider Cake Pops With Webs by sugarkissed.net is an adorable take on a modern classic. It combines clever techniques with fun, illustrated graphics to provide a sweet Halloween treat.
Ewwy Gooey Slime Filled Cupcakes by Make.Bake.Celebrate is a cheerfully disgusting sweet that could easily be tailored to suit several themes. Quite impressive is the author’s ability to match the internal slime to the external hairy eyeball tumors, yet maintaining very different textures and mouthfeel. Perfect balance of gross and cute, and extra points to the fun photo styling.
Halloween Stamped Tortilla Chips by wold630 introduces a fun way to liven up even the simplest of party snack. With such clear photos, the descriptive text becomes almost unnecessary. This is another project that can easily be modified to suit any occasion. A brilliantly simple technique applied to a very versatile, crowd friendly food, capitalizing on the Halloween theme.
danlynne07 had almost too many great entries to choose from! Haunted Grave Cupcakes is a very cute, hand-sculpted design that would surely take the cake at any party. A very cute and clever, well-crafted design.
All in all, this year brought a very impressive showing from authors both seasoned and new. We appreciate the amount of effort everyone put into their creations, and look forward to next year's crop of spooktacular snacks and freakish fare.