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My cousin is a big fan of The Walking Dead, so for her birthday this year I baked her a Walking Dead-themed zombie cake!
How to Make a Walking Dead Cake
I started off by picking up a few packages of McFarlane Toys Walking Dead figures at Target. These are “Blind Bag” toys, meaning that you get a surprise when you open the package finding out which human or walker is inside; I ended up with Tyreese and two zombies.
Now that I had my toppers, I began brainstorming what kind of cake to make. I have a cake pan that is shaped like a castle, and it dawned on me that I should bake the cake in that mold, and use the castle to represent Terminus. I would then set the figures on top of it for an epic human-walker battle!
For the cake itself, I used my favorite chocolate cake recipe from my trusty vintage 1969 Betty Crocker’s Cookbook. I made this cake for the first time when I was 12, and I’ve known it to be a favorite recipe even since! As my castle cake pan is particularly large, I doubled the recipe so that I’d have enough batter to fill it.
Instead of frosting, I opted to do a glaze: This is because the details on the castle tend to get obliterated when you put heavy frosting on top, so I thought I’d try a lighter topping instead. Once I poured the glaze over the cake, I set the walkers and Tyreese in place, and added a few cupcake flags that Jenni over at A Well Crafted Party gave me.
So now that you know how to put the cake together, here is the recipe!
Chocolate Cake Castle Base
Recipe from Betty Crocker’s Cookbook
Important note: This recipe creates enough batter to yield one 13 x 9 x 2″ oblong cake or two round 9″ layers. Because my pan is large and creates a very big castle, I doubled the below recipe when I created my cake. Check the size of your pan first before getting started to make sure this will be enough, and know that you can just double the amounts if your pan is unusually large.
2 1/4 C all purpose flour
1 2/3 C sugar
2/3 C cocoa
1 1/4 tsp. soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/4 C water
3/4 C shortening
1 tsp. vanilla
Add all ingredients to a large bowl and beat with a hand mixer on low for 30 seconds, then on high for 3 minutes, all the while scraping the bowl with a spatula.
Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray your castle pan thoroughly with PAM cooking spray to make sure that the cake will slide out easily. Bake the cake until done – normally 30 to 40 minutes, but this will vary depending on the size of the cake/pan. Gently poke a sharp knife into the cake to test if it is done – when the knife comes back clean, the cake is ready. Let it cool in the pan for a little bit, then turn out on a wire rack to finish cooling completely.
Topping: For the glaze, I used two different recipes. First I made a chocolate glaze – I can’t for the life of me find the exact recipe I used (zombies must have eaten it!) but it was pretty much identical to this one. After I drizzled the chocolate glaze over the cake, I made this Wilton icing and added red food coloring, which I then used to create “Blood” on the cake.
And there you have it: A Walking Dead cake perfect for your Season 6 viewing party, Halloween, or birthday party for a fan! Let them eat caaaaaaaake!