Saturday, 24 November 2012

Suspiria Cupcakes

These cupcakes have seen better days!

     I was inspired by this recipe from Martha Stewart, of all people. I used chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream icing. The sugar glass is made by heating sugar just short of caramelization. I added food colouring and made sugar glass in blue, green, orange and clear.

Photo credits: Kelly Garsha

     These cupcakes pay homage to the famous execution scene from Dario Argento's Suspiria (1977). A deranged murderer is on the loose in a ballet academy and ends up killing two birds (ballerinas) with one stone (stained glass ceiling). Suspiria is a brilliant, colourful, twisted movie that's a lot of fun to watch. It's about an American ballerina who moves to Munich to attend a prestigious ballet academy, when strange things start to happen...

Ouch, that's gotta hurt!

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Minnie Castevet's Chocolate Mouse

     Mousse au chocolat or "chocolate mouse", as she calls it, is one of Minnie Castevet's speci-al-ities. I used a recipe involving Kahlua; it's like eating chocolate velvet. Each ramekin is initialed with pink icing.    

I know which one I'm eating...

Photo credits: Kelly Garsha

    So far I've chosen desserts and tried to make them scary, so this time I tried to think of horror movies in which a dessert plays an important role. My all-time  favourite horror movie, Rosemary's Baby (1968), just happened to fit the bill. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the pivotal pudding that gets the ball rolling, and the precursor to one of the most uncomfortable dream sequences of all time. From confection to conception. Allow me to explain...

     Rosemary's husband, Guy, answers the door after dinner and brings in two cups of chocolate mousse from their next-door neighbour, Minnie. One for him and one for her. As they eat, Rosemary notices a funny taste, while Guy denies this and aggressively tells her, "The old bat slaved all day on it; now eat it!" Even though she slips most of it into her napkin, within 10 minutes she's losing consciousness. Oh yeah, and when she wakes up the next morning, she's pregnant with the devil's child.  

"It has an undertaste... a chalky undertaste"

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Teeth Cookies

     Try taking a bite out of these goofy cookies!  I have to admit, I didn't come up with the idea; it was based on the winner of the Toll House Spooktacular Baking Contest, which you can find here.  I omitted the almond slivers, since I made vampire cookies not too long ago, and went instead for a more generic, toothy look, with pink gums.  

Photo credits: Kelly Garsha

Okay, but what horror movies are about teeth?  Teeth... teeth...

I'm so sorry.

     Really though, Teeth (2007) is a pretty interesting movie, with an original concept.  Some parts are disgusting and other parts are hilarious and absurd.  Overall, it's fairly well-done.  Just do some research before you watch, and you'll find  out very quickly if it's your kind of movie or not.  

"Dentata... it's Latin for 'teeth'"