Learn how to make creepy witch fingers and eyeballs to add a little spookiness to your Halloween dessert table!
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Start by rolling a small piece of white fondant, (add some Tylose to it or just a pinch of gum paste), into a ball and leave to dry for 15 minutes.
Punch out a circle, (1cm in diameter), in any color you would like, (I used Sky Blue), to make an iris.
Using a pastry tip make a black circle, I used size 12 and size 10 to make two different sizes of pupil.
Using a pastry tip size 3 make two little white circles to be used as a glare.
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Put the eyeball together with edible glue and use a red food marker to draw capillaries around the iris.
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With dark cocoa powder and a paintbrush, brush the eyeballs to make them look dirty. If you would like you can always use edible dusts - cocoa is just a cheaper alternative.
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With a mix of lemon extract and corn syrup brush the eyeballs and leave them to dry.
MAKING THE WITCH FINGERS:
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Start by rolling a long sausage and thin it out on both ends. One sausage makes two fingers.
Cut it in half and save the second part underneath a piece of plastic foil to prevent drying.
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Using a small ball tool make an indention on the top of the finger where the nail will go.
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Using the sides of your fingers or the handle of the ball too roll the fondant to make two knuckles.
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Use the scriber tool or a veining tool to create lines around the cuticles and on the knuckles.
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Bend the fingers in different directions, leave on a piece of bumpy foam and start on making the nails right away.
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Roll a blueberry size piece of black fondant into a cone (with a very sharp top) and using a ball tool make a crevice from the top to the bottom of the nail.
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Using edible glue attach the nail to the finger.
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Turn the finger around and elongate the nail by pinching and pulling to make it fit better.
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Leave to dry overnight.
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Dust the fingers, (without dusting the nails), with a mix of cacao and black petal dust, use black on the knuckles for a better effect.
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After dusting, paint the fingers, (without painting the nail), with lemon extract to seal the color and let the dust go deeper into the crevices.
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Mix lemon extract and corn syrup to paint the nails with the mixture. If you don’t get a flawless and shiny finish usually it means your mixture separated, mix again and paint the nail again. If it still looks dry in some spots you can add more corn syrup and less lemon extract.
Leave to dry on a piece of bumpy foam with nails sticking out. That will give you a perfect finish when dry.
If you need to attach fingers to a cake you can insert a toothpick into them, also you can make just a half of a finger, to make it look like the other half is hidden in the cake.
HOW TO MAKE SOIL & BLOOD:
- Crush couple of Oreo cookies to make dark soil, if you need light soil use chocolate cookies.
- Make blood with a mix of red and brown gel paste colors and corn syrup. If you put your cake in the fridge, when you take it out the syrup will look like it has a crust but after just couple of minutes that will disappear.