This post and recipe was created for #HalloweenTreatsWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.
Decadent red velvet cake layered with fluffy buttercream frosting then topped off with a bloody drizzle and candy glass shards are sure to be a hit at any Halloween event!
I haven't made a cake in several months but with Halloween coming up I've been on the hunt for the perfect cake. After looking at many, many cake photos I decided on a Bloody Glass Shard Red Velvet Cake.
I've never really done much sugar work but the glass shards looked like they would be easy to make and the decorations on the cake were minimal so I decided to go for it. The hardest part was choosing a red velvet cake to make. I ended up using a recipe from Dorie Greenspan for chocolate cake and changed it to make a red velvet cake.
Ingredients needed for the cake:
- cocoa powder
- baking soda
- baking powder
- brown sugar
- sugar (I used Dixie Crystals)
- boiling water
- red food coloring
Several notes about this. The batter was supposed to make two 8 inch layer cakes that would be able to be cut in half. As soon as I pulled the cakes out of the oven I knew there was no way. They were fairly thin and crumbly. So I had to whip up a second batch to bake so that I would have three layers. I've changed the recipe to reflect this.
The flavor of the red velvet cake was delicious. Lightly chocolate with a really nice crumb. It crumbled easily which was good because that was how I was decorating the top of the cake.
Once my cake were made I started on the frosting. I just went with a simple vanilla buttercream frosting though I added in a little more milk then I normally do and I really whipped it. The result was a super fluffy and almost whipped buttercream which was so good.
I layered the cake with the frosting and then covered the entire cake in a crumb coating. I put it in the freezer to chill which is my new technique and helps to make a much smoother buttercream. Then I pulled it out and put on the final layer of buttercream.
Working quickly I put the red velvet crumbs on top of the cake. I wanted to make sure they stuck to the cake. Then I made royal icing using corn syrup for the "bloody drizzle". It worked perfectly. It was a good consistency and held the color well.
To finish off the cake I made the glass shards. They were surprisingly easy to make. It's just sugar, corn syrup, and water that is cooked to 300 degrees and spread on a silpat. Then it's shattered into shards. Much easier than expected.
I placed the shards around the top, drizzled them with the bloody drizzle and then piped a border to finish. I loved the finished look of this cake. It was a sweet looking cake destroyed by the bloody and gruesome glass shards which is totally what I was going for.
The inside of the cake was perfection. Deep red cake layers in between pure white frosting layers. It tasted amazing and I had to take it to work so we wouldn't eat the whole thing!
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Take a look at more spooky Halloween recipes from our #HalloweenTreatsWeek Bloggers today:
Halloween Cookies & Bars:
- Cake Mix Monster Cookies from Big Bear's Wife
- Candy Bar Cookies from Devour Dinner
- Oreo Mummy Cookies from Savory Experiments
- Easy Halloween Cake Mix Sprinkle Cookies from Family Around the Table
- Halloween Sugar Cookie Bars from House of Nash Eats
- Eye Love Chocolate Sugar Cookies from An Affair From the Heart
- Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars form Back To My Southern Roots
Halloween Cakes & Cupcakes:
- Bloody Broken Glass Red Velvet Cake from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
- Halloween Bats Oreo Cupcakes from Lemon Blossoms
- Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Frosting from The Flour Handprint
- The Scream Brownies from West Via Midwest
- Halloween Monster Chocolate Cake Brownies from JZ Eats
- Halloween Marshmallow Brownies from Sweet Beginnings
- Halloween Mini S'mores Pudding Pies from For the Love of Food
- Jack Skellington Boo-berry Pie from Savory Moments
- Halloween Smoothie Bowl from Fresh Coast Eats
- Halloween Pancakes from I Am A Honeybee
- Pumpkin Spice Donuts from Pastry Chef Online
- Bloody Hot Cocoa from It's Shanaka
Chilled Halloween Treats:
- Pennywise Ice Cream Float from Cheese Curd in Paradise
- Wicked Witch Popsicles from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
No Bake Desserts:
- Muddy Buddy Halloween Snack Mix from Tastes of Homemade
- Candy Corn Rice Crispy Treats from The Spiffy Cookie
- Kid-Friendly Halloween Snack Board from Love and Confections
- Rice Krispie Treat Haunted Houses from Sweet ReciPEAS
- Ghostly Snack Mix from Fake Ginger
- Spooky Pretzel Rods from Take Two Tapas
- Halloween Candy Bark from Karen's Kitchen Stories
- Batty For Chocolate Dessert Cheese Ball from 4 Sons R Us
- Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Dip from Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
Spooky Season is here and it is time for 2020's #HalloweenTreatsWeek event! #HalloweenTreatsWeek is a yearly Halloween blogging event that is hosted by Angie from Big Bear’s Wife & its a creepy and haunting week-long event is filled with some amazingly wicked Halloween treats, recipes and some frightfully fun giveaways.