I'd Dig It Up And Eat It: A Chocolate Skull
Apparently t-shirt purveyor Threadless is holding a contest where you bake cakes based on their shirts' graphics and win prizes. This is a skull cake based on the shirt graphic you see in the lower left corner, 'Bitter Teeth'. I don't know about you, but I don't care if it was buried with jewelry or not, I'd dig it up and eat it. And that's saying a lot (about how good it looks, not my willingness to dig up corpses).
First up, making the skull-face: I got an anatomical model of a human skull and a whole load of food grade silicone. After putty-ing up the fiddly details and finding suitable containers for the skull and jaw I poured the silicone around them and left it for 48 hours to set. After de-molding the originals I trimmed the molds down to make them more flexible. I cast the jaw and face out of milk chocolate and used dental tools to carve some of the detail back in.
Next the cakey cranium: I made chocolate sponge (pictured looking like a magnificent pair of um... mounds) and sandwiched them with yet more milk chocolate, I trimmed them down to the right size and shape and covered the lot in yet more milk chocolate for structural integrity.
finally, I poured over chocolate ganche and painted the teeth with high % dark chocolate.
Oh man, imagine how much better the movie wold have been if the latest Indy flick had been 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Chocolate Skull'. At LEAST 2x. Plus they could have earned some extra dough with candy product placement. HAS E.T. TAUGHT US NOTHING?!
Hit the jump for a couple more shots of the skull, and a link to the contest page.
Thanks to Keo, who once made a fondant skull for a gothic wedding but somebody accidentally tripped and fell into the cake table, catapulting the skull to the ceiling, where it stuck.