This past weekend, in honor of the birthday of one of my best and oldest friends, we threw a zombie bash! The highlight of the evening was a haunted hayride-esque zombie shoot, where we were taken into a quarantine zone to thin out the overriding zombie population. The wagon was rigged with rows of paintball guns, and we all had the opportunity to take out a few. (Don’t forget: “Shoot ’em in the head, and they’ll stay dead.”)
Before the “ride,” we started off the evening with dinner and cake, and I really wanted to bake something specially designed for the occasion. I came across this red velvet cake recipe for a “vamp attack” cake from Butter Hearts Sugar, and adapted it to our zombie theme by swapping out the bite marks for slashes from an imagined zombie hand. (As a side note: Although the cake was designed for a birthday party, I could also see it as a great addition to a Walking Dead viewing party or a zombie movie night.)
I was thrilled with the end result, as it truly looked disgusting all covered and dripping with raspberry “blood.” Fortunately, for us all, it tasted delicious!
Here’s a view from the top of all the blood splatter.
The cake is covered in fondant, but there is a layer of buttercream underneath. This not only made the cake more delicious, it also added a gruesome torn and bloody flesh effect that definitely added to the overall “gash” look of the cake.
Also, this was my first attempt at working with fondant, and although I made a few errors that caused some ripples and tearing, I think that actually worked for the cake also! Yay, for mistakes that turn out to seem “intentional!”
(I do, however, wish I’d seen this video before I attempted my first fondant cake. Btw, I’m now a subscriber to the How to Cake It channel. I’m loving Yolanda Gampp’s tips and advice! And if you’re interested in Halloween cake ideas, she has a bunch – including a gruesome human heart cake and a bloody severed leg cake! Although, this Halloween candy cake is more my own style. 🙂 )
We also set the mood for our zombie bash with some DIY zombie decor. I adapted this idea from Jay’s Cup (I used cut up grocery bags instead of cardboard since I didn’t have nearly enough cardboard boxes on hand) to cover up the large bay window surrounding our eating area.
And I “welcomed” guests with this Quarentine Sign downloaded from Memnalar on Deviant Art.
A few extra supplies from Michaels (zombie “caution” tape and some bloody hand clings) rounded out the decorations.