31 Days of Halloween – Day 6
Dead Head Gingerbread Recipe
I noticed all of the donut and coffee shops are now selling pumpkin everything. I made the mistake of asking one of the coffee shops when they would start selling gingerbread drinks, and I was rather rudely informed that gingerbread was a Christmas thing. What do they know?
Gingerbread is one of the basic American desserts, and it’s an any time of year dish. I think it’s the perfect bread to reinvent at Halloween. My Dead Head Gingerbread recipe is just that. I use my Old Fashion Gingerbread recipe and bake it in a Wilton Dimensions Nonstick 3D Skull Pan.
I trim it up (and yes, I eat the trimmings) and spray the face and skull base with Wilton Pearl Color Mist and the eye sockets, nose, and a couple of teeth in Wilton Black Color Mist Food Color Spray. The gingerbread is dark, so the pearl and black mists will not be that prominent.
If you want a real dramatic effect, try white frosting for the skull and back frosting for the eye sockets and nose. Black decorating gel works good, too, for coloring in teeth. It’s also good dusted with confectioner’s sugar.
Dead Head Gingerbread
- Wilton 3D Skull cake pan
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
- 1 egg
- 1 cup molasses
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 cup hot water
- 1 can Wilton Color Mist - Black
- 1 can Wilton Color Mist - Pearl
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray with baking spray, or grease and flour a Wilton 3-D Skull cake pan.
In a large mixing bowl, with mixer set at medium speed, cream together sugar and butter. Reduce speed to low and mix in egg, then molasses.
Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, a little at a time, alternately with hot water, until ingredients are blended.
Pour into prepared pan skull pan. Pour the batter equally in both the base and face cavities. Bake for 40 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in center of gingerbread comes out clean.
When cake is completely cool, trim the excess cake from back of face and skull base so that each lays flat. Cover eye sockets, nose, and missing teeth. Spray skull face with pearl spray. Use a piece of cardboard or construction paper and cut out holes for eyes, nose, and teeth. Hold over each and spray with black color mist. Arrange skull pieces for desired effect.