Stephanie from Dispensing Happiness is holding another Blog Party this month, with the theme of Gross Anatomy. Bring scary anatomically-themed finger food and a beverage to join the party.
For my finger food, I have brought eyeball mini cakes - little gory red velvet cakes topped with a bloodshot Koolmint eyeball.
To make the cakes, I halved Gail Wagman's recipe for July 4th Red Velvet Cupcakes from Cupcakes Galore. The recipe is as follows:
150g plain flour
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
pinch of salt
65g butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
1/2 tablespoon red food colouring
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius, and spray 2 x 12 hole mini muffin pans with cooking oil.
Sift the dry ingredients together into a bowl and set aside.
Beat the butter and sugar together using an electric mixer until "creamed", then beat in the egg. Add the vinegar, vanilla and food colouring and mix well.
Add the flour mixture and buttermilk alternately, beating well between each addition.
Put a heaped teaspoonful of batter into each muffin tin hole (I had some batter left over which I made into standard sized cupcakes), then bake the cakes in the preheated oven for around 15 minutes. Remove the cooked cakes from the oven and cool on a wire rack.
To make the eyeballs, I drew pupils and veins on Koolmints using edible food colouring pens. I then iced the cakes with water icing to "glue" the eyeballs onto their gory red backdrop.