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Easy Halloween recipes: How To Cake It YouTube video shows you how to make a zombie brain cake

Roisin O'Connor
Wednesday 28 October 2015 13:26 GMT
(How To Cake It)

Yolanda Gampp, known for her incredible creations on YouTube, has created a Brain Cake inspired by TV series The Walking Dead, and it looks sufficiently scary/delicious for you to try this Halloween.

The ingredients you need for the brain cake are:

Red velvet cake (makes one 8" round pan cake)

3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/4 cup vegetable oil

2 1/4 cups sugar

3 eggs, at room temperature

1 teaspoon burgundy gel colour

3 cups flour

1 Tablespoon cocoa

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

1 1/2 teaspoons cider vinegar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

The red velvet cake (How To Cake It)

Simple syrup

1 cup sugar

1 cup water


400g sugar (approx 1 ¾ cups)

8 large egg whites

1lb (454 g) unsalted butter, room temperature

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup water

Making your cake into a brain

31/2lbs White fondant icing

Burgundy icing colour

Golden yellow icing colour

Black icing colour

Seedless raspberry jam


The base is red velvet cake (classic) baked in a metal bowl to create a dome shape and shaped with a knife to include the brain "crease" down the middle.

Yolanda then sprays it with syrup and coats in an Italian buttercream before putting it in the fridge to chill. Once it’s cooled she ices it again in order to help fondant (pre-dyed with burgundy, golden yellow and a bit of black gel food colouring) stick to the cake.

Yolanda dresses up as a zombie for the occassion (YouTube/How To Cake It)

She rolls tubes of the fondant (four to six inches in length), then applies them to the brain cake to look like tissue before covering in raspberry jam.

You get bonus points if you eat it with your hands like an actual zombie.

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