The truth is that I wasn't so sure how this thing was going to taste. All I knew was that I wanted it to be...
2. Super Scary
3. At least a little tasty.
Well, a box mix and some improvising later, and we've got this creation. Here's what I did folks:
1. Grab a box of spice cake mix, my favorite and the most genuine tasting of the boxed variety, in my opinion.
2. Prepare it a little differently: Chop up a 21 oz can of apple pie filling and fold it into the prepared batter before baking.
3. Dice it up into squares and layer with homemade cinnamon apples and a classic cream cheese frosting (blend powdered sugar, softened cream cheese, and softened butter). Adding vanilla to everything NEVER hurts.
4. Extra points if you can beat some fresh whipped cream and fold the frosting into so it's a little less sweet and a little more fluffy.
You're probably wondering why my measurements aren't exact, and that's because I'm a cook, not a baker! I like to do what just feels right in the kitchen and let the chips fall as they may.
I stabbed it with shards of sugar glass that take a few tries to get just right. This is the stuff they allegedly use in the movies when a stunt double flies through a window. I wanted mine to be uber scary, which meant they had to look realistic and clear. If you've ever tried cooking sugar before, you know what a disaster that can be! So, please follow these directions if you wanna do it the right way:
This guy had the right idea for sugar glass.
I mean, I have a new-found respect for those sugar artists now on the Food Network, and you will too!
As for the cinna-apples, I just slap some peeled and cored sliced apples into a saucepan with butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Cook until it has the right "bite" you're looking for.
Then, let cool, break into little pieces, and stab your cake to death! I originally forgot that red food coloring in its "pure" state is basically black, so add a little water in there before sprinkling it on.
*Hate food coloring? My friend suggested melting down a seedless raspberry jam. But then again, "ain't nobody got time for dat!"
Since you got this far, I'll let you in on a little secret: It was supposed to be a layer cake, but I'm no professional. Improvisation for the win! This is proof that just because something doesn't turn out the way you want it to, it doesn't mean it still can't be phenomenal! If I threw in the towel the moment my cake ripped in half, I surely wouldn't have won! Let that be a lesson for us all.