Make some Creepy Halloween Sweets this year and try these Cake Ball Brains with Oozing Cherry Blood! This fan favorite is absolutely to die for… they will be the talk of any Halloween party!
There are only 9 days until my party and I have 80-100 guests coming. Can you hear my pulse racing? I have absolutely no time to ramble on today, so we’re just going right to the recipe for cake ball brains. I’m serving these at my party along with lots of other zombie themed sweets.
Cake Ball Brains with Oozing Cherry Blood (makes 28-36*)
1 baked chocolate cake
1/4 – 1/2 cup vanilla frosting
30-38 ounces melted white confectionery coating/candy melts**
black candy coloring (if you want your brains to be grey)
cherry jelly, jam, preserves, or dessert sauce (3/4 teaspoon per brain)
red food coloring (if you want to intensify the color or the cherry sauce)
*UPDATE: I made these and used about one once of candy melts per brains and about 2 tablespoons of the cake ball mixture, but I just had some friends over helping me get brains done for our party and after making 20 brains, had used all the white candy melts but had cake left over. Their candy coating was thicker than what I made. So by the end, they made 36 brains and used much more of the white candy melts. So, your quantities will depend a lot on your skill level using candy coating. I added more candy melts to the quantities just to be sure you have enough to make all your brains.
**If you don’t have experience working with or melting white confectionery coating or candy melts, read my detailed Chocolate Making Tips page for instructions.
Special Supplies Needed:
Cut about 1/2″ all around the edge of the cake and just enjoy a snack. Break up the center of the cake into a mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer (my preferred method**) or a food processor. Add 1/4 cup white frosting. Mix to combine. If the mixture holds together well and you can easily form balls, then stop, if it crumbles, add up to another 1/4 cup frosting. Set aside.
**By using a stand mixer your cake balls will have a smooth truffle like consistency. If you do this by hand, you will probably want to mix it with your actual hands to get it smooth.
If you’d like your brains to be gray, stir drops of black candy coloring into your melted white confectionery coating until you get the desired shade. I made mine a pale gray, but you could go much darker, if you prefer.
Spoon some melted white candy coating into one of the brain mold cavities. Use a spoon or a pastry brush to paint the coating in a thin layer all around the inside of the mold. Be sure you can’t see any pink (the color of the mold) through the white. Paint all four brain cavities in your mold.
Wipe off any candy coating around the edges of the mold. Freeze for 5 minutes. Don’t leave them in any longer or you may get cracks and condensation on your brains, and you wouldn’t want that now, would you?
Remove the molds from the freezer. If you want your cherry filling to be brighter red, add a few drops of red food coloring. Spoon 3/4 teaspoon of the cherry filling into each brain cavity. Scoop out about 2 tablespoons of the cake ball mixture and press it into a brain cavity leaving enough room to add a layer of candy coating on top.
Spoon some more white candy coating on top of each cake ball and smooth it out. Be sure to wipe off any excess coating around the edge of the mold. Freeze for 5 minutes. Remove the cake ball brains from freezer, turn mold upside down, press and pull on the mold until your brains pop out.
Store the candy coated brains in an airtight container for up to a week. Just know that the longer they sit, the more likely it is that the cherry jam or sauce will soak into the cake. Thin sauces will soak in faster. If that happens, just serve them with a bit of extra sauce. I don’t recommend freezing or storing these in the refrigerator as the moisture in the fridge will cause beads of condensation on your cake ball brains.
When the guests at my party bite into these cake ball brains, the cherry filling will ooze out and be quite a surprise. I can’t wait to see how everyone reacts. Let me know how your party guests enjoy eating brains!
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