I have this thing for birthday cakes. I am determined to keep people guessing and make sure that the birthday boy or girl is thrilled beyond words. A friend of mine (who is an exterminator) asked for a rat cake. He wanted it red inside like the cake on Steel Magnolias. I had been playing around with a way to make blood ooze out of a cake when you cut it open, perfect timing, huh? Here is the result!
I made it with two Sara Lee Poundcakes because my air conditioning was broken and I was not about to turn the oven on. The legs and head are Rice Krispie Treats that I smushed together and molded into shape. The outside is covered in black frosting textured with the back of a fork, and all the pink is tinted fondant. Inside, I made a well in the bottom layer and lined it with frosting to keep the blood (dyed corn syrup) from soaking into the cake. I frosted the bottom of the top layer to keep the blood in it's place also.
I have tried this with regular cake, but it's too fragile to stand up to the blood. Pound cakes work best.
If you would like to see a video of it being cut open, and get a better look at the inside, here's the YouTube link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdjEy5X4uZk