Hi everyone! I love this time of the year! Halloween is coming, and I’m so excited to be sharing my Halloween content with you all. I’m kicking off my 2020 Halloween content with this Walking Dead Zombie cake! How many of you are still a fan of the TV show? I still am even though my interest has waned. Can Rick come back, please? This tutorial will show you how this cake was created with a watercolor buttercream technique, fondant zombie fingers, edible blood, and sprinkles. Scroll down for a list of supplies and a quick video! To get excited about the upcoming Halloween season, here is some inspiration!
Zombie Cake Tutorial
Materials Needed To Make a Zombie Cake
- A batch of buttercream (I used this recipe for the blog purposes.)
- Large offset spatula
- Small offset spatulas (For applying different colors)
- Cake Scraper (I used NY Cake scraper)
- Gel Food Colorings (I used Americolor black, green, and brown)
- Wilton 2A Piping Tip
- Piping Bags
- Edible blood. (See below)
- Zombie Fingers (See below)
- Oreo crumbles for “dirt” (without the filling)
- Sprinkles (I used “Walking Dead” from Fancy Sprinkles. I have a 15% discount CAKEINSPO15 if you want to grab some of their sprinkles!) (Optional)
Scroll down for the video.
- Assemble your cake.
- Create a big batch of buttercream (recipe listed above).
- Reserve a large bowl for the green buttercream and divide the remaining buttercream into brown, black, and gray. You do not need a lot of buttercream for these colors.
- I used 2-4 drops for a shade of green and 2-5 drops (black gel) for gray. Adjust to your liking.
- Apply the main color to the cake.
- Smooth the cake with the scraper.
- Refrigerate until the cake is cold to the touch. The cake needs to be cold so the buttercream won’t become muddly when mixed with other colors.
- Put blobs of black, brown, ad buttercream as desired around on the cake.
- Smooth with the scraper and turn the cake around a few times. Repeat the steps until you’re satisfied with the look.
- Apply the sprinkles on the bottom.
- Use a spoon to pour a small amount of edible blood as drips. Do it very slowly, and the edible blood is very runny. I was not concerned about getting perfect drips because I wanted to achieve a messy look.
- Use a piping bag with a 2A piping tip to pipe blobs of brown buttercream on the top.
- Crush a few Oreos without the filling and sprinkle them on the mound of buttercream.
- Insert the zombie’s fingers.
- Drip some edible blood on the fingers to achieve an icky and realistic look.
How to Make Zombie Fingers
I used this YouTube technique to make zombie fingers, so credit goes to the original creator! I also created a video of making these fingers for your viewing below.
Here is the list of materials for zombie fingers.
- White Fondant
- Tylose Powder or Gum-Tex Powder
- Brown Cocoa
- Black Powdered Food Coloring or Black Cocoa
- Fondant Sculpting Tool
- Exacto knife or sharp knife
- Use a bit of tylose or gum-tex to mix with the fondant to get them firm enough to retain the shape.
- Bend the fondant along your finger to ensure the right size.
- Insert the toothpick soon as you’re done.
- Leave them out for an hour or so before applying the cake.
How to Make Edible Blood
I followed Craftsy’s guide to create edible blood, but I omitted chocolate syrup and halved the recipe, so I only used corn syrup, water, cornstarch, and red food coloring. I would suggest you put this in a blender to mix the ingredients as stated in the article. Leave the mix in the fridge to deepen the color. Be forewarned that this concoction is very runny, so only use this if you want a slightly messy look.
I hope you enjoyed reading and following along! This cake will be a great fit for your Halloween Zombie or Walking Dead themed party! Please let me know if you have any questions or comments in the comment section.