Brain Cake

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  • Difficulty Level: Intermediate
  • Occasions: Halloween

A cake to blow your mind! This cake could be the most delicious science project ever. The inside of the brain is a deep red velvet cake, iced lightly with Italian Meringue buttercream, and topped with brain tissue fondant patterns. Its amazing what a little raspberry jam can do. This human brain looks fresh from a skull! 

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Ingredients


Cake

  • 4lb portion of Yos Deep Red Velvet Cake

Icing

  • 1 x recipe Italian Meringue Buttercream
  • Simple syrup

Decorations

  • 31/2lbs Satin Ice White Fondant 
  • Burgundy Icing Colour
  • Golden Yellow Icing Colour
  • Black Icing Colour
  • Seedless Raspberry jam
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Tools


  • 2x 8" Diameter Stainless Steel Bowls
  • Simple Syrup Squeeze Bottle
  • Parchment Paper
  • Serrated Knife
  • Small Straight & Offset Spatula
  • Rubber Spatula
  • Paring Knife
  • Sculpting tool
  • Ruler
  • Xacto Knife
  • Brush
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Learn More About Yo's Brain Cake!


Watch It!

  • Prepare your red velvet batter and pour into prepared pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 1hr and 40 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out completely clean. Let cool completely in their pans. 

  • Prepare the Italian Meringue Buttercream & Simple Syrup. Set aside. 

  • Using a serrated knife, carve your cake into a rounded brain shape. Carve small slivers at a time. 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.  

  • Soak with simple syrup, crumb coat, and chill in the fridge. Then apply another thin layer of buttercream to really get the fondant to stick. 

  • Use coloured fondant rolled into tubes to create the wavy pattern of the human brain, approximately 1cm in diameter. Use your paring knife, or a scalpel, to trim your fondant tubes and fit them in place.

  • Leave definition between the two hemispheres of your brain. I placed a small ruler in the crevasse to help guide my fondant tubes.

  • Use the remaining fondant to sculpt the cerebellum. Lay your cerebellum onto your cake board or stand first. Then rest your red velvet brain cake on top. 

  • Use a sculpting tool to further indent the corners and curves in your brain wave pattern. 

  • Stir any lumps out of your seedless raspberry jam with your brush. Then paint the jam onto your brain cake. 

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