Monday, October 12, 2015

Blog With Friends: Scary Stuff

Today’s post is the next in our series of Blog With Friends theme collaborations. Each month a group of bloggers get together and each publish a project based on a theme. What I love about this partnership is that it’s not bloggers with similar interests or strengths but a diverse group coming up with a variety of posts. In any given month we may have a recipe, sewing tutorial, crafts projects, book review and/or a technology post all related to the theme of the month.

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There will be individual project pictures and links to what everyone else has to offer at the end of my post, but here’s a peek at what we all came up with:


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This month our theme is Scary Stuff. I made a Billy the Puppet Cake.

Blog With Friends: Scary Stuff for October | Billy the Puppet Cake: This character from Saw makes the perfect Halloween party cake | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dessert #Halloween

Billy the Puppet Cake


You know who Billy the Puppet is, right? He's from the movie "Saw". Haven't seen it? Go ahead, check it out, I'll wait here.

I have to admit that this is the second project I did for this post. The first one got scrapped from this post when all of my friends thought it was cute. Cute? Not really a word I associate with scary so back to the drawing board. And I had nothing. Good thing College Boy, the more local of my 2 muses was here. He suggested a Billy the Puppet cake.

And once I googled Billy the Puppet I agreed to give it a try. Worse that could happen is I'd be in the corner of the kitchen crying. Pffft, like that hasn't happened before.

So I started with my basic sheet cake. Seriously, this cake is so moist and delicious you can just eat it unfrosted. But not today!

Next I had to work out the decorations. This part of the project took a lot of thought because how it's decorated will make a huge impact on whether the cake is recognizable as the character or not.


Blog With Friends: Scary Stuff for October | Billy the Puppet Cake: This character from Saw makes the perfect Halloween party cake | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dessert #Halloween

Blog With Friends: Scary Stuff for October | Billy the Puppet Cake: This character from Saw makes the perfect Halloween party cake | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dessert #Halloween

I baked my cake, cut out my shapes and added a few of my design elements before sticking it in the fridge while I made and colored my frosting. I have to admit that I spent a little time in a panic when, going into the fridge, Billy looked more like Santa.



Blog With Friends: Scary Stuff for October | Billy the Puppet Cake: This character from Saw makes the perfect Halloween party cake | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dessert #Halloween

Blog With Friends: Scary Stuff for October | Billy the Puppet Cake: This character from Saw makes the perfect Halloween party cake | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dessert #Halloween



But once he was frosted and decorated, College Boy made a few recommendations and he was redecorated, he looked a lot less like Santa.


Blog With Friends: Scary Stuff for October | Billy the Puppet Cake: This character from Saw makes the perfect Halloween party cake | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dessert #Halloween



 So, what do you think? Cute? Scary? Billy the Puppet? Or a hot mess?


As always, any time you make one of my recipes, feel free to post a picture of it to my Baking In A Tornado Facebook Page. I'd love to see it!



Be sure to visit all of this month's other Blog With Friends projects:
Stacy of Stacy Sews and Schools shares a tutorial for a Scary Dreams Pillowcase



Robin of Someone Else's Genius treats us to a scary Halloween Story. In the End: Re-Imagined



  Lydia of Cluttered Genius shares her Cheap and Easy Halloween Make-Up Tutorial.

Rabia of The Lieber Family Blog shares how to make DIY Trick or Treat Bags.


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Billy the Puppet Cake
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Printable Recipe
 
Ingredients:
1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder

2 sticks butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar
3 - 4 TBSP milk

4 sandwich cookies
2 red pull and peel twizzler strands
1 package chocolate or black licorice twizzlers
2 peach rings gummy candies
2 brown peanut M&Ms
4 Hot Tamale Candies
red food coloring
edible black piping gel

Directions:
*Grease and flour a 15 1/2 X 10 1/2 jellyroll pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
*Cream the butter ans sugar. Beat in the eggs, milk and vanilla.
*Starting at your lowest speed, beat in the four, salt and baking powder just until incorporated, then increase speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes.
*Pour evenly into prepared pan. Bake for approximately 20 - 25 minutes or until the center springs back to the touch.
*Cool for an hour on the counter.
*Cut out a large light bulb shape in the cake. From the section not used, cut out two equal sized triangles about 2 1/2 inches per side, and a 1 inch square. 
*Carefully, using a spatula, remove the triangles and square. Cut the short ends off of the triangles and arrange with the square in the center to form a bow tie. Place on a plate and store in fridge.
*Remove all of the excess cake so all that's left is the large light bulb shape. Excess cake can be used to make Cake Pops.
 *Loosen the remaining cake with a spatula, then place a large platter over it and flip. Flip one more time onto your serving platter. Press 2 cookies slightly into the cake where the cheeks will be. Cut two 1-inch pieces out of a dark twizzler and press partially into cake where the eyebrows will be.  Cut a 2 1/2-inch and a 1-inch piece of twizzler and slightly push into the cake (resembling an upside down "T") where the nose will be. Refrigerate.
*Cream the butter with the vanilla. Carefully blend in the powdered sugar. 1 TBSP at a time, add in as much of the milk as you need to bring the frosting to an easily spreadable consistency.
*Remove about 1/2 cup of frosting to a small clean bowl and color with red food coloring. 
*Remove the large cake from the refrigerator. Slice about 3 inches off of the bottom and remove this piece to a separate plate. Frost both this piece and the larger cake. Scrape a little of the frosting off of the nose and eyebrows. Put a little frosting over the cookies, "glue" a second cookie on top and frost completely.
*Cut up pieces of dark twizzlers and push into the sides of the top of the cake to resemble hair.
*Place a little of the black piping gel where the eye sockets would be and gently spread around. Put a gummy peach ring into each eye socket with a brown M&M inside.
*Twirl 2 strands of red peel and pull twizzler onto each "cheek".
*Arrange the Hot Tamales to make the mouth.
*Arrange the bow tie under the face and frost with the red frosting.
*Place the reserved bottom 3 inches of the cake below the tie. You may need to cut to make it fit.
*Using more of the black piping gel, pipe lines down from beside the mouth to where the tie starts and around the head for the hairline.

16 comments:

  1. I had to go look it up because I hadn't seen the movie, but I get it now! It's a creepy looking cake, but I'd still eat it because...cake!

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    1. When College Boy suggested I do a Billy the Puppet cake I had to google it too!

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  2. None of the above -- but I bet it was "tasty!"

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  3. It looks scary to me but also delicious and I am a bit disturbed by that!

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  4. Love this so much!! Absolutely brilliant!!! And it is immediately recognizable!!! Genius!!!!

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    1. Love that it came out recognizable. Thank you, Stacy!

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  5. This is awesome! My boys would love it. I'm going to have to try it!!

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  6. Mmmmm. I'll take the piece that contains his mouth, please.

    I showed Gigi, and she said it scared her. Your mission was accomplished. She also said yes to eating it, so an all around success. Thank you for sharing!

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  7. I vote scary. I have never heard of Billy the puppet, but then I could never bring myself to watch any of the Saw movies... way to scary for me.

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    1. I like scary but there's something about the Saw movies that I just can't deal with. Good thing I have kids to teach me about Billy the Puppet.

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  8. I'll admit I Googled Billy the Puppet, even though you told me the truth. I always assumed his name was Jigsaw. This was definitely scarier than the oranges... those were pretty cute. ;)

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    1. Yeah, this was a better choice for this post. I've never been scared by a cocktail!

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