What's an 18th birthday party without zombie biscuits?! Swindon didn't have to find out last week as this amazing biscuity request was made. Zombie cutters and biscuits were temporarily my new favourite thing.
I have to admit, I love making cakes way more than biscuits. It seems there's so much more waiting around required with biscuits - once the dough has been made (the easy bit) it needs to be chilled in the fridge for a while. The recipes tend to say 30 mins but I find at least an hour is best. After that, there's the rolling and cutting and the painstaking bit of transferring the nicely cut shapes onto a baking tray without smooshing them up. Then they go in the oven, bake for 10-15 mins in small batches before being left to cool down. This can all take a fair bit of time, as you generally fit around 6 in one go (cakes are usually 12 in a batch). After all that's done, comes the fun bit!
Decorating them - there's a few different ways you can do it and I opted to make a layer of sugarpaste (rolled icing) which acted as a blank canvas to then 'paint' on! This involved a small paintbrush (one reserved especially for cake decorating, definitely not a multi-functional brush...), food colouring (pots of paste, not liquids) and clear alcohol (instead of water). Then it's pretty much just like using watercolour paints but on a more delicate surface. If any arms broke off, they could easily be glued back together with the icing glue (glace icing - water and icing sugar) and with zombies, a dodgy arm can surely only be added effect!