Graveyard cake, make your brownie deadly alive!
Ingredients for your graveyard halloween brownie:
- 1 cup butter.
- 2 cups brown sugar.
- 200g dark chocolate.
- 2+ tbsp syrup (caramel, vanilla,...).
- 4 eggs.
- 2 tsp vanilla extract.
- 4 tbsp cocoa powder (optional).
- 1 1/2 cups coconut flour.
- 1 tsp baking powder.
- 1/4 cup heavy cream.
- 50g chocolate (for the mud).
- sugar decorations.
The only flour in our brownie is coconut flour, so it is 100% gluten free!
How to make the graveyard base: the brownie
Preheat your oven to 350F/ 180C/ Gas Mark 4/ 160C (fan oven). Grease a cake pan or cover it with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
Place the butter, sugar, chocolate, and syrup in a medium sized pot and melt on low heat. Stir from time to time to make sure everything is well blended. The mixture won't be smooth, as the brown sugar will make it look grainy. When everything is well mixed add the cocoa powder and stir until it's well incorporated. Remove the pot from the heat and set aside to cool. While it's cooling beat the eggs and vanilla extract together until frothy. Add the baking powder and whisk again.
When the chocolate mixture has cooled a bit (it can still be a little bit warm) we'll mix it with the eggs and the coconut flour. Alternatively pour the chocolate mixture and coconut flour whisking after each addition. Add the heavy cream and mix it in.
Pour the mixture into the oven tray and bake for 30 minutes or until the top of the brownies is crisp and slightly cracked. The inside of the brownies will be dense and soft to the touch. If possible, bake at night and let it cool in the tray overnight, brownies are a lot better the next day and it will be so much easier to cut them into pieces as well! For this cake we won't cut them, so we have the brownie as one big piece.
Decorations for the cake
Days before the cake was made we spent some time making fun but terrifying, and in some cases a bit gross, sugar decorations. Making sugar decorations with royal icing is very easy and relaxing and the cool thing is that you can make exactly what you want. Once you have some templates and the icing it's just a matter of tracing and wait for them to dry.
The decorations we chose were: skeletons, tombstones, bones, worms, fence pieces and the graveyard door. Because we were throwing a Halloween party we thought that it would be very cool to write the name of our guests on the tombstones, as well as some very well known scary dudes! To do this we used a brush, food coloring, our best handwriting and a little patience. The result was a total success and making conversations like "Oh! No! Are you buried beside Freddy Krueger?, I'm just next to Hannibal Lecter" happen among your guests is a very Halloweeny way to break the ice.
If you are making the decorations yourself make sure you make more than you need; sugar decorations are very delicate and they can easily break, not only when you pull them from the paper but also when you place them on the cake, and if that happens, you'll be thankful if you have a replacement. If you don't want to have to make them yourself you can buy them and choose the ones you like best.
How to assemble the cake
To assemble the cake we'll place the tombstones first. With a small knife with a thin blade we cut the crust of the brownie making a line, we fill it with some icing and place the tombstone, that way the icing will act as glue and the tombstone won't move. If we don't cut the brownie first the tombstone will most likely break, as the top of the brownie is a hard crust and we'd probably need a bit os strength to push the tombstone in. Strength and sugar decorations don't get along, as we were saying before, sugar decorations are very delicate, so avoid pushing them in or squeezing them or you'll end up with a pile of sprinkles on top of your cake. The crumbs that happen as a result of the cuts are perfect for the next step, don't clean them, that way it'll look like the soil has been stirred.
When the tombstones are all in place we'll put some skeletons in front of them and we'll sprinkle some bones. Melt some chocolate and drizzle over the top of the skeletons to resemble mud. Between this and the crumbs it does looks like the dead are coming out of the ground. Place some worms all over, even hanging from the tombstones, so your cemetery looks even better.
The last part is the fence. We'll follow the same technique that we used to place the tombstones. Cut the crust, pour some icing, and place the piece of the fence till we have surrounded almost all of the cake, remember to leave space to place the door. Once again, apply the same technique to position the door.
Once the door is done, your cake is ready! You just transformed a brownie into a very cool halloweeny graveyard! Go enjoy it! It not only looks great but tastes awesome! We can tell!