Trick and Treat!

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Hal­loween.

If you’re un­lucky enough to be a dude like me around this time of year, chances are you’re go­ing to be the brunt of a few “tricks” from your less-than­ma­ture (but ad­mit­tedly, very fun) friends.

I was there­fore un­der­stand­ably skep­ti­cal when my friend Nur from So­ma­lia in­vited me over to his apart­ment for a Hal­loween “sur­prise.”

“Terry, my friend, I bake a cake! You a baker, you tell me if it is good, yes?”

I fol­lowed him into the kitchen and sure enough, there was a cake.

It was quite large, and lav­ishly dec­o­rated with var­i­ous Hal­loween choco­lates. On top was a dome topped with whipped cream and frost­ing to de­pict a hu­man skull jut­ting from a faux grave made from choco­late frost­ing, cake bits and a card­board head­stone.

Grin­ning, he handed me a sharp, dag­ger-like plas­tic fil­let knife and pro­ceeded to tell me a mor­bid story from his child­hood about a young man who came upon a witch while fetch­ing wa­ter. The witch was curs­ing the wa­ter to make the vil­lage peo­ple sick and the young man was forced to kill the witch by stab­bing her in the eye. Ever since, the peo­ple of his vil­lage stab an ef­figy in the eye to keep her evil spirit at bay.

Nur then handed me the knife. Not want­ing to of­fend him, I took the knife and walked over to the cake to do just that. Be­ing very sec­u­lar, I smiled at the silli­ness of it all be­fore rais­ing the knife to plunge it into the eye of the skull.

When my knife came down... POP!

When our laugh­ter and pro­fan­i­ties died down, he breath­lessly ex­plained be­tween gig­gles that he had made up the story about the witch, had seen this prank done on YouTube and thus ab­so­lutely needed to try it out on me.

The fol­low­ing is the recipe and method that Nur used to make...

Di­rec­tions - Bake cake as di­rected and let it cool. Once cooled, care­fully hol­low out a space for the bal­loon to fit in the cen­tre, be­ing sure to keep these cake scraps to use later.

Blow up a bal­loon as much as pos­si­ble to keep it tight for eas­ier pop­ping. Place one heap­ing ta­ble­spoon of frost­ing on the bot­tom of the pan in the hol­low you cre­ated and use this to stick the bal­loon in place like glue.

Spread the re­main­ing frost­ing on the re­main­ing cake sur­face and cover this again with left­over cake crumbs so it re­sem­bles soil, adding the Hal­loween choco­lates/can­dies to de­pict rocks or stones.

Cut head­stone out of card­board and dec­o­rate as you wish with mark­ers, stick­ing it to the top end of the cake so it re­sem­bles a grave.

Next, chill bowl and uten­sils used to make whipped cream. Once chilled, whip cream on high speed with the above in­gre­di­ents un­til it forms stiff peaks. Spread this evenly over bal­loon and us­ing some black food colour­ing, a small paint­brush and a small amount of wa­ter, paint a skull face on the whipped cream so the dome it­self be­comes a skull stick­ing out of the “grave.”

P.S. If you’re won­der­ing about whether I got Nur back for the pop­ping bal­loon prank, let’s just say that I baked him a cake too... one that was equally as “ex­plo­sive” in the end thanks to a spe­cial in­gre­di­ent that tends to keep one ... reg­u­lar.

Happy Hal­loween!

To read the rest of The Food Dude’s story, visit the North­ern Pen’s web­site at north­ern­pen.ca

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