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Topic: Beetle Cakes (updated 10/24/2011 with new pics)  (Read 5752 times)
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Pretty in Pink
« on: October 29, 2010 04:45:56 AM »

There seems to be a theme for me posting on Craftster. Last post was my Sweeney Todd pie and here is my project for this year. I do have another non-halloween project on the go which I'll post when I'm finished  Wink

Anyway, my husband's workmates are always asking me to bake for them. They are often the recipients of recipes I've been testing in the kitchen for my job. This time I thought I've give them something with a creepy twist.

The cakes are just basic chocolate sponge topped with chocolate buttercream with a bit of black food colouring to darken the colour and the edible dirt topping is crushed Oreos. As for the beetles I made them from marzipan and modelled them on cockroaches, scarab beetles and a generic beetle  Cheesy The first one I made had eyes that made it look too cute so I ditched the eyes on the others. I then dusted them with a bit of lustre to give them a shine. I also experiemented with making centipedes, but they were time consuming and didn't look as good.

To make the beetles:
First knead black food colouring into the marzipan until evenly coloured. Pinch off a Malteser sized piece of marzipan and roll into a rugby ball shape. Place on a piece of clingfilm and gently press to flatten. Shape into a beetle shape. Mark the head and wings using a teaspoon. Add additional detail with a knife and cocktail stick. Brush lightly with lustre dust. Roll six mini sausages out of the marzipan about 1.5 cm long. Attach two of the legs near the head and the other four to the rear. Leave on the clingfilm to dry for  few hours.

Gross fact: black marzipan when accidentally rolled the wrong way looks suspiciously like mouse/rat/bat droppings. While this could have given the cakes a rather disturbing twist I didnt think the recipients of the cakes would appreciate it or ever ask me to bake for them again!

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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2010 04:53:17 AM »

these look amazing!! Although I'm not sure if I could put one in my mouth, they look so realistic!! Good job.
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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2010 05:18:24 AM »

Those are amazing.
But the last one creeps me out it looks so real
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« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2010 06:02:50 AM »

Soooo fantastic! I can't believe you made those creepy crawlies!
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« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2010 08:29:50 AM »

These look amazing!!!!! Great Job~
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« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2010 08:31:59 AM »

They look really amazing. So real. And creepy Wink Great Job!
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« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2010 08:32:16 AM »

you did an awesome job, they look soooo good
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« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2010 08:54:14 AM »

These look all too real! I featured this project on Craftster's Facebook page today. Thanks for sharing.  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2010 09:53:00 AM »

I would love to see their reactions to the cupcakes. Awesome...in a creepy sort of way. Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2010 10:12:07 AM »

Thank you for the comments. I'm not bothered about minibeasts as the dissertation part of my degree was all about them, however it turns out one of my Husbands workmates was a bit freaked out by the cakes! I will admit I had the centipede one and struggled to eat the marzipan centipede, it just felt wrong.
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« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2010 10:43:00 AM »

Wow! That's amazing! If I didn't already have my Halloween party food planned, these would be a strong contender-- but I doubt I could make such realistic bugs!
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« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2010 02:16:37 PM »

Those are amazing. That millipede is so realistic I can't look at it. (They give me a serious case of the heebie jeebies. Tongue
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« Reply #12 on: October 31, 2010 10:59:42 AM »

Absolutley brilliant!  Some people freak out about spiders, I freak out about centi- and millipedes, so I doubt I could even pick up a beetle cupcake that was sitting next to the centipede cupcake... and I LOVE THAT about your project!
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« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2011 01:46:55 PM »

these are so cool! i got the book "a zombie ate my cupcake" as a gift and have seen these cupcakes in it, but i've never dared to try them! 
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« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2011 06:28:13 PM »

Definitely adding this to my Halloween treat list this year! Can't wait to make them!
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« Reply #15 on: September 22, 2011 02:50:58 PM »

Too realistic for my tastebuds Cheesy <shudder> Well, I'd eat a cake though lol!!
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« Reply #16 on: September 22, 2011 02:53:10 PM »

wow they look very realistic
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« Reply #17 on: September 24, 2011 05:49:34 AM »

I can't believe you did all those free-hand! I thought for sure that they were pressed into a creepy-crawler mold. They look great! All those little legs! I would be breaking them off if I attempted that. Great Stuff!
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« Reply #18 on: October 04, 2011 11:36:01 PM »

I would so eat these, they look amazing!  Thank you for explaining how to make the beetles, I am absolutely going to have a go at making some.   
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« Reply #19 on: October 05, 2011 01:58:34 PM »

These are an absolute riot! How much fun would they be to eat. Your hubby's work mates are lucky indeed. Very creative idea to use the marzipan. I probably would have hidden a few mouse droppings in there somewhere as in inside joke Grin
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« Reply #20 on: October 24, 2011 03:46:26 AM »

I thought I should update this thread with the beetles that made a reappearance yesterday. A Black Forest Gateau with a macarbe, decomposing twist. Looked quite wrong, but tasted great! Possibly my favourite cake I've ever made. I was great watching people's reactions to it.



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« Reply #21 on: September 28, 2012 03:40:00 AM »

I don't mean to sound harsh, these are great but they look identical to the cupcakes in Lily Vanilli's book "A zombie ate my cupcake" - in which she makes them with marzipan and lustre dust :/ Credit where credit's due and all..
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