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
You will need at least one, but I recommend several Fred and Friends Brain Freeze Molds.
Step 3: Making Your Cake Balls
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.
Step 4: Create a Candy Shell in Your Silicone Brain Molds
If you'd like your brains to be gray, stir drops of black candy coloring into your melted white confectionery coating until you get the desired shade. I made mine a pale gray, but you could go much darker, if you prefer.
Spoon some melted white candy coating into one of the brain mold cavities. Use a spoon or a pastry brush to paint the coating in a thin layer all around the inside of the mold. Be sure you can't see any pink (the color of the mold) through the white. Paint all four brain cavities in your mold.
If your candy coating is really thin and it just pools in the bottom of the mold and you can't create a thick enough shell up around the edges of the mold, then you will have to create two layers. Add the first layer, then freeze for 3-5 minutes, then remove from freezer, allow to sit for 5 minutes, then paint the second layer.
Step 5: Clean the Excess Candy Coating Off the Edge of Your Brain Molds
Wipe off any candy coating around the edges of the mold. Freeze for 5 minutes. Don't leave them in any longer or you may get cracks and condensation on your brains, and you wouldn't want that now, would you?
Step 6: Add the Cherry Jam (oozing Blood) and Cake Ball to Your Brains
Remove the molds from the freezer. If you want your cherry filling to be brighter red, add a few drops of red food coloring. Spoon 3/4 teaspoon of the cherry filling into each brain cavity. Scoop out about 2 tablespoons of the cake ball mixture and press it into a brain cavity leaving enough room to add a layer of candy coating on top.
Step 7: Finish and Pop Out Your Brains.
Spoon some more white candy coating on top of each cake ball and smooth it out. Be sure to wipe off any excess coating around the edge of the mold. Freeze for 5 minutes. Remove the cake ball brains from freezer, turn mold upside down, press and pull on the mold until your brains pop out.
Step 8: How to Properly Store Your Brains.
Store the candy coated brains in an airtight container for up to a week. Just know that the longer they sit, the more likely it is that the cherry jam or sauce will soak into the cake. Thin sauces will soak in faster. If that happens, just serve them with a bit of extra sauce. I don't recommend freezing or storing these in the refrigerator as the moisture in the fridge will cause beads of condensation on your cake ball brains.
When the guests at my party bite into these cake ball brains, the cherry filling will ooze out and be quite a surprise. I can't wait to see how everyone reacts. Let me know how your party guests enjoy eating brains!
Step 9: Eat You Brains.
Second Prize in the
Halloween Food Contest