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Brain Cake covered in fondant icing and strawberry jam

Brain Cake

This is a stunner of a cake and the centre piece of a Halloween Table. It is very simple to make. The children could even help you make it.

Course cake
Cuisine American
Keyword brain cake
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 646 kcal
Author Jenny


  • 225 g Plain flour
  • 350 g Caster Sugar
  • 85 g Cocoa Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 250 ml of Milk
  • 125 ml of Vegetable Oil
  • 2 tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 250 ml of Boiling Water
  • 1 kg Fondant Icing Pink or add red food colouring to achieve desired shade.Rolled into rolls of about little finger thickness.
  • Strawberry Jam for blobbing gently all over for bloody effect.


  1. Beat cake ingredients except boiling water together well.
  2. Add boiling water until a thin batter.
  3. Pour into tin and bake accordingly in 170 C oven(150 fan)for 35-45 mins.You will have to keep a close eye on it as I can only give rough cooking times as not sure what tins you are cooking in. Use a skewer to check. It should come out clean.

  4. Carve cooled cake carefully to a brain shape and brush with strawberry jam. It is a chunky oval shape with a flat bottom and slightly wider at one end. Have a picture in front of you of the finished item. Don't forget the icing will hide lots!

  5. Pinch off pieces of fondant icing and roll them into worm like pieces about 1 cm thick.Start placing on your fondant icing by using the worms to make a squiggle pattern. See photo. Figuratively split your cake in half. It really is very forgiving as you just keep going in a snake/maze like pattern.Then repeat on the other half. Indent the middle channel slightly.

  6. Blob generous amount of Strawberry Jam on top for glorious gore.
  7. A further dramatic flourish would be a carving knife plunged askew in the centre.

  8. Apply to Warty Face

Recipe Notes

I used a stainless steel bowl 25cm wide and 12 cm deep.

Nutrition Facts
Brain Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 646 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 318mg14%
Potassium 310mg9%
Carbohydrates 106g35%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 77g86%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 100IU2%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 87mg9%
Iron 2.7mg15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.