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Eyeball Cake

Makes: 12  servings Prep 40 mins
Eyeball Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 recipes Royal Icing
  • 1 teaspoon  Super Black gel food coloring
  • 2 recipes Chocolate Ganache
  • 2 9-inch prepared round cakes, from a mix or your own recipe

Directions

1. To make eyeballs, line a baking sheet with parchment. Make 2 batches Royal Icing and in a small bowl tint 1/2 cup black; transfer to a piping bag fitted with a #5 plain tip. Put remaining icing in a piping bag fitted with an open coupler or 1/2-inch plain tip. Pipe various-sized white circles onto parchment. While icing is still wet, pipe a black "pupil" into the center of each white circle. Allow eyes to dry completely, about 48 hours.

2. Chill one recipe Chocolate Ganache over an ice bath, stirring occasionally, until spreadable like frosting, about 20 minutes. Trim domed tops from cakes. Transfer 1 cake to a 9-inch cardboard cake round; set on a wire rack over a rimmed baking sheet. Spread with a layer of ganache, then add second cake. Frost with an even layer of ganache, squaring off sides and tops.

3. Prepare a second batch of Chocolate Ganache; allow to sit about 15 minutes. Pour over the cake, letting it drip down the sides. Use a spatula to spread ganache if necessary. Chill cake until firm; transfer cake to serving plate and decorate with eyeball candies.

Tip

ROYAL ICING
  • With an electric mixer mix 2 cups confectioners' sugar, 2 1/2 tbsp meringue powder or powdered egg whites and 1/4 cup water on low speed, scraping side of bowl, until icing is the consistency of soft whipped cream, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a piping bag immediately. Makes 1 1/4 cups

Tip

CHOCOLATE GANACHE
  • Heat 1 1/2 cups heavy cream to steaming and pour over 12 oz semisweet chocolate chips in a bowl. Let stand 2 minutes; stir until smooth. Makes 2 2/3 cups.