It’s Friday and the month of October is in full swing. Which can only mean one thing. It’s time for some silly Halloween fun! I have a new DIY for you today and it could not be simpler. Seriously, this little cake project is for anyone and everyone. Bakers of all skill levels and ages can join in on this googly eye fun. I mean it, you really can’t mess this cake up. Crooked. Lopsided. Messy icing. Not a problem at all… when you’re a monster!
Monster eyes are popping up everywhere. So I thought it was about time for a Monster Eye Cake!! With a few cookies and candies, we’re creating spooky eyes…. and they’re watching you! It’s certainly not rocket science, but it sure is fun! There’s no special tools needed, no special skills. Just twist and stick your way to an eye-popping good cake.
Now to be fair, the idea of using an open-faced Oreo to create an edible eye is not a new concept. Crafty bakers have been using this little trick to make owl cupcakes for years now. But it was about time for this little ‘technique’ to get an update. And I think this Monster Eye Cake is a fun new spin.
One of the best things about this baby is that anyone can join in the decorating fun. My three year old was crazy excited over the bags of Oreos and M&M’s that came out to decorate this cake. Almost a little too crazy, if you know what I mean. What you can’t see in these photos is my little helper bouncing off the walls during the photo shoot. At that point in the afternoon, many Oreos and M&M’s later… she redefined the term ‘sugar high’. All leftovers were then promptly sent to work with Mr. Sellman, to reinstate some sanity in our house.
But in all seriousness, the kids can really help out with this one. And how fun is it to decorate your own Halloween Monster Cake with edible eyes that taste so googly good?! As proven by my little one, it’s crazy fun!
The possibilities with this cake are endless. Add a little color to your frosting to really make the eyes stand out. Orange, lime green or purple would be fabulous. Or go for the Halloween Oreos and you’ll have spooky orange eyes, staring out at you. Make several cakes in different color combinations and suddenly you have a haunting monster dessert table. Throw in a few cupcakes to get really crazy!
And because I know that not everyone loves to bake or has time to bake a cake from scratch… this idea works equally as well on a box cake or a store-bought cake. So no excuses! Let’s make this DIY Monster Eye Cake!
MONSTER EYE CAKE
a DIY by Carrie Sellman
Mini Oreo Cookies
STEP 1: Start with an assembled cake, frosted with the icing of your choice. You can bake this from scratch, from a box or pick one up at the local bakery. My cake was frosted with this Swiss Meringue Buttercream.
STEP 2: Twist apart an Oreo, exposing the cream and trying not to break the cookie. Save the plain cookie half to use in another recipe. Push a candy into the cream, creating an eye. Repeat to create a second eye, completing your pair. Do this with the full sized Oreos and the mini Oreos.
STEP 3: Put a small dab of frosting onto the back of your completed eye.
STEP 4: Place eye onto cake. Add a second eye to complete the pair.
STEP 5: Add additional pairs of eyes all over the cake. Place so that the eyes look up, down, over, cross-eyed, etc. More or less, the number of eyes is up to you! Just add until you’re happy with the final look.
NOTE: Some cookies twist apart and leave a nice and white, crumb-free cream. Some come apart and you have oodles of little spots, dots and crumbs. You can lightly scrape these off with the back of a knife, or let it go. This is completely up to you. I scraped a few of the worst offenders but left a few spots here and there.
ANOTHER NOTE: I paired the Junior Mints with the full sized Oreos. And the M&M’s with the mini Oreos. If the candies are not sticking well to the cream, use a tiny dab of frosting to keep them in place.