Archive for August, 2015

Plaster Hands for Halloween Decorations

plaster hands for halloween decor

plaster hands for Halloween decor

FROM: MarthaStewart.com

Use a food-grade alginate, a water-based skin-safe molding powder, to cast hand molds. (Don’t put your hands in the plaster of Paris; it can cause burns.

Materials:

  • Alginate powder
  • 2 1/2-quart plastic container
  • Plaster of Paris powder
  • Craft knife
  • Masking tape
  • 3/4- to 1-inch drill bit and Surform planer, if needed
  • Paintbrush
  • Black gouache

 

Steps:

 

  1. Stir alginate with water in a 1-to-1 ratio, nearly filling the 2-quart container.
  2. Position hand how you would like it to be cast (if you want the sculpture to function as a candleholder, hold a candle in your hand, keeping it straight; then carefully remove candle), and insert hand into alginate mixture. Hold still 3 to 5 minutes, until the mold is set.
  3. Pull hand out (this won’t affect the mold). Mix plaster of Paris according to package directions, and pour into mold to fill. Let set for several hours.
  4. Remove entire mold from container. Use craft knife to cut the mold in half neatly, and remove plaster hand. Set aside to dry completely (this may take a few days). You can reuse the same mold several times over the course of a day or so. Just reassemble the pieces, securing with masking tape, then put it back into the container. Stop using the mold once it dries out.
  5. If making a candleholder, you may need to widen the opening between fingers and thumb a bit with a drill bit, to accommodate the candle. If necessary, use Surform planer to smooth the surface.
  6. Brush with gouache for a gray pallor; let dry, and arrange on a table.

 

More here:  http://www.marthastewart.com/858107/plaster-hands#What%20Are%20You%20Afraid%20Of%3F|/858105/what-are-you-afraid/@center/1006806/halloween-parties|858107

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Earwax on a Swab Treat

earwax on a swab treat

This simple treat is mini marshmallows poked on the ends of a lollipop stick and dipped in melted butterscotch chips

 

the presentation makes it gross

 

See more ideas here:

Saucy’s Sprinkles

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Alien Facehugger Pastry Dessert

alien facehugger pastry dessert

FROM: laughingsquid.com

Artist, photographer, and baker Christine McConnell makes elaborate alien facehugger pastries, cakes covered in bees, and other delightfully horrific baked goods. She has more twisted pastries and similarly twisted photography on her Instagram account.

Facehugger is made from a sugar cookie glued together with caramel and glazed with milk, sugar and nutmeg

 

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Monkey Brain Cake

monkey brain cake

monkey brain cake

FROM: Instructables.com

 

 

Monkey Brain ingredients and equipment
2 chocolate cakes (mine were chocolate mud and 20cm X 8 cm or 8″ X 3.25″)
Cake board (approx 8″) *
Ganache (chocolate and cream)
Ready rolled fondant white or Pettince 20 oz or 600 grams **
Black ready rolled fondant or Pettince 50g or 1 3/4oz (or color you own from the white using black gel food color)**

 

Black, white and ivory gel food color *
Tylose powder *
small brush
edible glaze, black dusting powder and large brush *
Large rolling pin
small sharp knife
small fondant rolling pin
cake decorating flower/leaf tool *
Cake smoothers (kinda optional) *
Brain mold ***
2 packs jelly – jello crystals (I used raspberry and grape)
evaporated low fat milk (carnation non fat)
Powdered gelatine
oil spray
Raspberry sauce (or strawberry)
Optional White persian fairy floss and scissors ****

*Ready Roll fondant, gel food color, cake decorating tools, tylose powder and dusting powder available from cake specialty stores, Hobby and craft stores (eg Michaels (US), Spotlight (Australia)) or Ebay.
**Fondant dries out really quickly – keep it in an airtight container or ziplock bag in between use and work fast.
*** I picked up my Jelly Mold on Ebay
****Persian fairy floss available from good deli’s or specialty food purveyors

 

Eeeek chilled monkey brains anyone.

Well if the brains are jello and they are served with a slice of chocolate cake maybe you won’t pass up this treat made famous in the movies but made slightly more appetizing in this instructable.

This would make an awesome Halloween dessert and would be an especially gruesome table centerpiece.

The preparation of this cake is best spread over 3 days:

Day 1 bake the cake and make the ganache
Day 2 remaining steps 1 through 7
Day 3 just prior to serving step 8

The whole cake does take a bit of work but if you like you can omit some steps which will not only save time, but will also reduce the equipment and ingredients required making the cake a little bit more economical.

If you like you can omit the hand painting and just add some extra black fondant in the nostrils. Also the addition of the Persian fairy floss in step 8 is completely optional.

Or you can just just skip straight to step 7 and make up some brains to serve with raspberry sauce for an easy yet scrumptiously scary treat.

 

by BubbleandSweet

http://www.instructables.com/id/Monkey-Brain-Cake/

 

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Evil Dead Necronomicon Pizza

Evil Dead Necronomicon Pizza

Evil Dead Necronomicon Pizza

 

FROM: DailyDead.com

 

Elizabeth over at The Gastronomicon has provided pictures and her recipe, so you can follow her example and make it for yourself.

 

Ingredients:

Crust:

1 TBS Active dry yeast

1 TBS Sugar

1 Cup warm water (105-110 degrees F) {You can replace your water with a cup of warm beer and your sugar with honey for a bit of a change of flavor.}

1 tsp salt

2 Cups flour (I do one cup unbleached all purpose and one cup whole wheat)

(If you want to make a thin crust pizza, just halve this recipe.)

Directions:

1) Combine yeast, sugar, and warm water in a large bowl. Allow to sit until the yeast forms a layer of foam on top of the water-about ten minutes.

2) Mix in salt, and flour- stir with a spoon, or mix with dough hook if using a mixer, until it forms a uniform ball. Add flour if needed to keep if from being too sticky, and then knead by hand on a smooth surface, or knead with dough hook until well mixed.

3) Place dough in an oiled bowl and cover with a damp cloth. Let rise for an hour.

4) Punch your dough down and briefly knead on a smooth surface. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

5) Roll out your dough to fit your pizza pan, or baking sheet- should be about a quarter of an inch thick.

6) Add your sauce, cheese, and toppings and bake for 12 minutes. Slice and serve.

My suggestions for sauce:

I usually use a can of UNSALTED tomato puree, 16 oz… And simmer that with a couple cloves of minced garlic, dried basil, 1/4 cup chopped fresh oregano. I let that simmer over low heat until the volume is reduced by about half… 30-40 minutes depending on how low you have your heat set. This makes a fair amount of sauce, so depending on how much sauce you want on your pizza, you may want to save some. I also occasionally make a green sauce of garlic, and steamed spinach I have put through the blender.

 

Learn more here: http://dailydead.com/make-your-own-evil-dead-necronomicon-pizza/

 

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Spooky Boo Brownies

Spooky Boo Brownies

FROM: BettyCrocker.com

Spooky Boo Brownies

Spooky Boo Brownies

Spooky Boo Brownies

  • Prep Time 45 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 55 min
  • Servings 16

Ingredients

1 box Betty Crocker™ Original Supreme Premium brownie mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on brownie mix box
1 1/4 cups Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy creamy white frosting (from 16-oz container)
16 large marshmallows
1 Betty Crocker™ black decorating gel (from 0.68-oz tube)

Directions

  • Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Line 8- or 9-inch square pan with foil so foil extends about 2 inches over sides of pan. Spray foil with cooking spray. Make brownies as directed on box for 8- or 9-inch square pan. Cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours. Remove brownies from pan by lifting foil; remove foil. For 16 brownies, cut into 4 rows by 4 rows.
  • Heat frosting in microwavable bowl uncovered on High 30 seconds, stirring every 10 seconds, until frosting can be stirred smooth and fluid. If frosting becomes too firm while decorating, microwave 5 seconds; stir.
  • Top each brownie with 1 large marshmallow. Spoon 1 tablespoon frosting over each marshmallow to coat. Let stand until frosting is set, about 30 minutes. Use black gel to make eyes and mouths.
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Paint Your Face – Sugar Skull for Halloween

FROM: CeciNewYork.com

Need a last minute Halloween costume? Try this Day of Dead look:

DIY sugar skull facepaint

Day of the Dead Face Paint tips

 

DAY OF THE DEAD MAKEUP Tutorial:

  1. Inspiration images: To find a variety of inspiration, try googling “Day of the Dead makeup.”
  2. Face paint: Buy a palette of Halloween face paint from your local drugstore. Make sure it contains enough white paint to cover your face!
  3. Foundation: Paint your entire face white, from the hairline to the jawline. Apply with a sponge and pat makeup on to get fuller coverage. Set white makeup with white powder.
  4. Accent color: Choose an accent color and use it to make large circles around the entire eye area (you will use this same color later to do detailing).
  5. Details: Use an eyeliner pencil to apply details to match your inspiration image, or get creative and add your own spooky touches! An eyeliner brush and liquid liner will help you get a finer line.
  6. Final look: Complete the look with a bright dash of color – try adding a flower to your hair!

 

Learn more here: http://www.cecinewyork.com/cecistyle/2012/10/02/v114-ceci-creative-tips-day-of-the-dead-makeup/

 

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