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Business is in the Red Cake

Creative cake centerpiece is sure to draw a chuckle or two from your guests! A stand-up “Blood Bank” is being visited by sharply dressed candy vampires.


Difficulty: Medium



Cakes serve 13; each candy serves 1.

Techniques Used


Step 1

Icing: Combine Violet with Rose for violet shown. Candy: Using candy colors, combine Green with Yellow for green shown. Add Black candy color to melted dark cocoa candy for black shown.

Step 2

In advance: Make 3 vampire candies without sticks using painting or piping method. Refrigerate until firm; unmold. Cut to shorten vampire for coffin.

Step 3

Also: Make bases for 2 standing vampires. In Mini Loaf Pan, mold a 1/4 in. thick green candy plaque. Refrigerate until firm; unmold, bring to room temperature. Cut two 1 x 2 in. rectangles and attach to bottom of vampires with melted candy; let set. Prepare base board: Cut 3 boards to 8 x 16 in.; tape and wrap with foil.

Step 4

Bake and cool house and 1 mini loaf. Trim windows off house. Ice smooth 1 3/4 x 4 in. high door, 1 x 1 1/2 in. high front windows and 1 1/2 x 2 in. high side windows. Outline all with tip 5. Pipe in tip 5 head in window (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch).

Step 5

Using tip 2, pipe dot eyes, pupils, nose, mouth and pull-out hair. Pipe tip 7 band bricks on house. Overpipe window and door trim with tip 5. Pipe tip 3 outline door handle. Print "FIRST NATIONAL" with tip 3 and other messages with tip 2. Spatula ice roof, creating scalloped look; add tip 18 zig zag eaves.

Step 6

For coffin, ice mini loaf smooth; mound brown icing on foot half of top for lid. Ice remainder of top smooth in white. Using tip 5, outline top and pipe in pillow. Position half vampire on coffin. Pipe tip 5 outline handles and hinges on coffin. Position standing vampires and coffin on base board.

Step 7

Tint coconut green by placing desired amount of coconut in plastic bag, add a few drops of color and knead until color is evenly blended. Dry on waxed paper.

Step 8

Ice areas on base board and sprinkle with coconut. Position pumpkin icing decorations.