in my head i envisioned a creepy icky rat cake for my friend’s halloween birthday. as you can tell, it’s not creepy, it’s not icky. it’s more of a cute cartoon-networky mouse. oh well, i tried. we served this at our halloween party.
i made the accessories out of gum paste: ears, gnarly teeth, long rat tail, itty bitty nose, piece of cheese, and the coiled metal spring for the trap. i made all these the day before to allow ample time to dry. i also coated the metal piece with edible silver paint. for the eyes i used red hots (remember those?). dabs of white icing helped adhere the pieces to the wooden board.
for the rat/mouse, i wanted to use red velvet cake mix but the day i went to the store, they didn’t have any in stock. so i settled with a white cake and thought i could just add some red gel dye. not so successful idea. i only managed to get a dark pink for the cake mix. this particular cake mix was too moist and a bit greasy. carving the cake into the rat/mouse shape proved incredibly challenging and i couldn’t even spread a decent crumb coat as the cake would just break off when the icing touched it. honestly, i just started lathering the stuff on the cake with my fingers just enough to get a coating on it. then i stuck it back in the fridge with my fingers crossed hoping it would harden enough for me to do the final coating. i mixed gray icing and how i managed to even get any of it on the cake is a mystery. i’ve never experienced this before and so i don’t think i’ll buy this particular brand of cake mix again. but after doing some research online, i think i will make a royal icing instead and pour it over the cake to avoid the crumby mess should it happen again.