This week on How To Cake It (don't forget to subscribe!) I have given myself the task of recreating a human brain. I've got The Walking Dead premiere on the brain! The inside of the brain is a deep red velvet cake, iced lightly with Italian Meringue buttercream, and topped with fondant patterns that resemble brain tissue. It’s amazing what a little raspberry jam can do. This human brain looks fresh from a skull! I am not sure who will want to eat this cake, but I can guarantee it will be tasty.




Now we all know zombies aren't necessarily the most organized, so before things got too zombie-licious, I organized ALL of my ingredients & tools in a Parsel collection. You can find them all here


Let's Make A Red Velvet Brain Cake! 


Ingredients & Tools You Will Need:


1 x 4lb portion of Yo’s Deep Red Velvet Cake baked in an 8” diameter stainless steel bowl - find my recipe here 

1 x recipe Italian Meringue Buttercream - find my recipe here

Simple Syrup - find my recipe here

Yo’s Simple Syrup Bottle - 

Small Serrated knife

Rubber spatula

Small offset spatula 

Small straight spatula


Carving your Red Velvet Cake! 

Using a serrated knife, carve your cake into a rounded brain shape. I found it helpful to have a small brain model beside me to get the curves just right. Carve small slivers at a time. Then carve out a dividing line in the center of the brain where the hemispheres would be divided. Repeat the same process horizontally along the back of the brain




Then soak with simple syrup, crumb coat, and chill in the fridge. 



Turning Your Red Velvet Cake Into a Brain!

Ingredients & Tools You Will Need:

31/2lbs Satin Ice White Fondant 

Wilton Burgundy Icing Colour

Wilton Golden Yellow Icing Colour

Wilton Black Icing Colour

Paring knife


Sculpting tool




 Using Fondant To Create “Brian Waves”


Apply another thin layer of buttercream to really get the fondant to stick. I’m sure they are not called brain waves, but you get my drift. I used coloured fondant rolled in tubes to create the wavy pattern of the human brain. I worked on one area at a time, rolling tubes of fondant to a one centimeter diameter. Then I laid the tubes onto my iced brain cake in free flowing patterns. Just take it one tube at a time and try to avoid symmetry. That’s really hard for me! Use your paring knife, or a scalpel, to trim your fondant tubes and fit them in place.




Make sure to leave definition between the two hemispheres of your brain. I placed a small ruler in the crevasse to help guide my fondant tubes. I didn’t want the fondant tubes from the right and left hemispheres to stick together.



Add some brain waves around the bottom of your brain as well. You don’t want your brain to look unnaturally flat at the bottom. It should appear as if the pattern continues all the way around in every direction.



Don’t forget about the cerebellum!


Once my brain cake was entirely covered, I used my remaining fondant to sculpt the cerebellum. As in most cases, I found it very helpful to have a 3D brain model on hand. There are a lot of detailed pictures on the Internet as well. Some of them, a little too detailed…




Lay your cerebellum onto your cake board or stand first. Then rest your red velvet brain cake on top. If you need to adjust your cerebellum, this is the time to do it! Lift off your brain cake, if need be, and sculpt your cerebellum thinner, or flatten it out if your brain cake doesn’t sit right.



Once you are happy with the placement of your brain cake, use a sculpting tool to further indent the corners and curves in your brain wave pattern. These little nooks and crannies will be the perfect place for our seedless raspberry jam to settle in.


This Brain Cake Needs Freshening Up!

No zombie wants a dry brain for dinner!


 Ingredients & Tools You Will Need:

Smuckers Seedless Raspberry jam


Surgical gloves


Yes. The surgical gloves are just for fun. But I love having fun! Stir any lumps out of your seedless raspberry jam with your brush. Then have a blast painting the jam onto your brain cake. Watch it come to life! Make sure to brush your jam into every little crevasse, nook and cranny, and tiny cave of your brain cake. Leave no brain wave un-jammed! If your cake stand gets a little messy while doing this - even better!

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This Red Velvet Brain Cake will be a guaranteed hit at any Halloween or Walking Dead premiere party! I suggest eating it with your bare hands. You know what they say, “When in Woodbury…" ;)