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So the first round is over (spider cupcakes, see here) and now it’s time for the main heat of the first episode of Halloween Baking Championship. I loved my ghost, the hairy barefoot legs reminded me of my husband (pale and hairy, with creepy long toes) so I knew I’d have fun recreating those legs.
I was a little nervous that because a ghost is such a simple thing that I’d have to really knock their socks off to impress the judges. So I decided to create a 3D effect by building up the frosting/fondant so that when I draped the final piece of white fondant over the top it would look like it was really coming out at you. Then I HAND PAINTED every single line, copying the amazing artwork on the card, down to a T. I felt like I nailed it, and am still really pleased with how he came out
SO in recreating him for you I really didn’t change much at all! I crushed the fleur de sel before adding it the batter to better disperse it, and I DIDN’T add any salt to the frosting, also I added LESS powdered sugar to keep the frosting lighter, but still stiff. All simple things, so really not much to change!
Equipment you might need
small flat tip
Fondant – about the size of a baseball
ivory gel coloring
black gel and vodka (or black airbrush coloring)
Pasta roller (with motor)
- 8 oz dark chocolate chopped
- 8 oz semi sweet chocolate chopped
- 1/2 C butter
- 1/3 C packed light brown sugar lightly packed
- 1 1/3 C granulated sugar
- 4 lrg eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp fleur de sel lightly crushed
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 C all-purpose flour
- 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 C peanut butter
- 1/2 C butter room temp
- 1 C powdered sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (convection 325).
- Prepare your 9x13 pan with parchment paper or Bakers Joy.
- In a double broiler gently melt the butter and chocolates together
- As soon as the mixture is melted, take off the heat and allow to cool.
- Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and Cocoa in a bowl.
- Beat the eggs with the sugar on high speed, until the mixture is very pale and thick, and ribbony.
- Add the vanilla and beat to combine.
- Gently mix in the cooled chocolate mixture into the eggs and sugar
- Then mix in the flour mixture 1/2 cup at a time.
- Bake at 350 degrees until the top surface is slightly puffed and uniformly dry, and the batter no longer jiggles when you shake the pan gently - about 25-30 minutes depending on how thick they are. They will sink a bit as they cool.
- Beat the peanut butter and butter until smooth
- Add the choco and a pinch of salt and beat again
- Add the powdered sugar 1 C at a time to get out clumps into the mixture and beat until smooth
- pipe or spread onto your brownie
I will say I still feel ROBBED of this one. I really felt I rocked it, but I noticed it was hard to really see the details and depth on screen, boo. I mean the challenge was to recreate the COSTUME on the card, Jason (whom I adore) just did the face which I felt should have counted against him, but at the end of the day the goal is to please the judges so I just have to try harder in episode 2. The best part of THAT sentence is THAT I MADE IT TO EPISODE TWO! YAY! Don’t forget to tune in next Monday 9/8c and cheer me on in social media!!!
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