Ahhh….I love Halloween. I might have mentioned that before, but it bears repeating. This is an entire day where you’re expected to wear a costume and eat candy. If television would air Technicolor-filmed musicals all day instead of horror flicks, it just might be the perfect day. And I don’t let being an adult (ha!) with a career (ha! ha!) stop me – I’m shameless, and will show up to work in costume even if I’m the only one in the whole office who’s dressed up.
While browsing the Halloween department at Target recently, I was a little disappointed. Sure, Tar-zhay had some different costumes than WalMart (for which I have yet to come up with an adorable, French-sounding pronunciation), but their candy selection was rather mundane. Same old, same old – and nary an Eat-More in sight. (These are a precious, precious commodity, and I would trade my strictly hypothetical firstborn for a bag of the minis.)
Ah, but they did have some different food preparation products – juice blends with ghoulish names, a set of four different sprinkles in test tubes, some cake mixes. One that caught my eye made an orange-and-black marble cake with purplish icing. Cute. The price? $7.99. Eight bucks for something I could do myself? No way was I paying that kind of money! So I came up with this:
This is the basic marble recipe from…well, you know. I used gel food colouring to get the batters just the right shades, and then proceeded to fill and swirl as usual.
With purple icing! Clearly, my marbling skills need work; this one looks mostly orange.
Now the only hurdle to clear is whether my test audience finds black cake appetizing or not. Come on, it’s chocolate….