Tissue Samples and Eyeballs

Thursday, November 2, 2006

Squishy creepy Tissue Samples and firm little Eyeballs were a hit at our work Halloween Party.

The beet marshmallows got sprinkled with an extra bit of straight beet powder, which lent itself to look like blood clots quite splendidly. Putting them in a glass jar and relabeling them to be Liver Biopsy Samples was a bunch of fun!

Halloween TreatsTo make the eyeball cupcakes, I used cake mix with my mini-muffin tins to create 44 little cupcakes out of one mix. Survivors (quality check points and all…) were dipped in Royal Icing, which needed a couple of hours to firm up, then decorated with my favorite food coloring markers.

Drawing Tips

While Royal Icing is firm, it isn’t a fool-proof drawing surface.

When mixing up the icing, air bubbles are likely to form, and rise to the top of your iced cupcakes. Bubbles left in the icing will create weak spots through which your markers will punch, creating an unsightly crater. Careful mixing of the icing by hand can help prevent their formation. If you dip your cupcakes and still see bubbles rise to the surface, pop them with a toothpick early in the process when the icing is still wet. This will allow your popped bubble to self heal.

Give the icing plenty of time to set up firm on your cupcake surface. An overnight rest would be a good idea to ensure a hardened surface to draw on.

To draw a blue eyeball:
- first draw a blue circle
- draw a blue asterisk (*) inside of the circle.
- give your asterisk more arms to fill out the circle, thus creating the iris.
- now add a black filled circle in the center to make your pupil. A nice detail is to leave a white circle with in its edge to read as a highlight on the eye.
- add in some squiggly red veins around the iris and you are done!

6 Comments

posted November 2nd, 2006 at 1:22 pm

These are the most original cupcakes I’ve ever seen! Excellent idea!

  • thanks Scott. It was an idea I first saw last year and have been waiting to make since.

    –McAuliflower

posted November 2nd, 2006 at 5:52 pm

Those “tissue samples” are excellent! What a great way to present the marshmallows.

- Joe
posted November 2nd, 2006 at 7:11 pm

Love the eyeball cupcakes!

posted November 2nd, 2006 at 7:14 pm

those cupcakes are wonderful!!

Teddy

posted November 3rd, 2006 at 2:06 pm

Awesome. I should have known you would come up with some great treats for the party! Bravo, my dear. And hey! HAPPIEST Belated Birthday wishes (I should have been buying YOU that wine!)! (and I love the Grosser than gross post. ew.)

  • My pleasure being the wine fairy. I had some ok wine tonight that made me realize how good our wine that night was… and I don’t remember what it was besides a 2003 French Bordeax… Hmmmm

    –McAuliflower

posted January 28th, 2008 at 2:57 pm

cool halloween treats! I never have time to make fun stuff for Halloween, but I always want to.

My first stop when I do have time to make them, are these:

http://www.britta.com/HW/HWr.html#eyeballs

hee, awesome!!

I can’t wait to make your marshmallows, either. But, probably not beet ones…

- Keight

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