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How to make edible crowbars, bats for zombie cupcakes

Bludgeon 36 

(Photos by Zillycakes)

The pumpkin cupcakes turned into zombie faces by Zilly Rosen and her crew at Zillycakes are meant to be served with a weapon. A bludgeon, to be precise.

Rosen said the ghoulish treats are meant to be bashed before they're eaten, which sounds like a lovely idea for 8-year-old boys if you've taken the precaution of first putting down a dropcloth. "Can’t you just imagine the melee?" said Rosen. "Hopefully you have a dog."

The bludgeons need to be made a day ahead so they can dry. They're crafted from "Half & Half," a blend of gum paste and fondant, which are both available at craft stores. The recipe is one part fondant to one part gum paste, if you couldn't tell from th name.

The Half & Half is colored with food dye that's kneaded into the Play-Doh-like sugar dough. Here's how to make the baseball bat and crowbar, with pictures, below the fold.

Baseball Bat
Makes 4

2 1/2 oz Half & Half, colored pale brown with 1 drop brown and 1 drop yellow paste food coloring

To make a baseball bat, you start with a ball about an inch across:

Baseball bat 1 

Roll the Half & Half into 4 thin sausage shapes that are thicker at one end and gradually become thinner at the other end:

Baseball bat 3 

Cut the thinner end so that it is blunt. Push the blunt end to create the handle of the bat:

Baseball bat 5 

Use a toothpick, rolled on the edge, to define the handle of the bat further:

Baseball bat 7 

Straighten out the final result and you're ready to let it dry:

Baseball bat 9 

Repeat to make another 3 bats. Let dry overnight. Store in a cool, dry place, but not in the refrigerator.

Crowbars
Makes 4

1 oz Half & Half, colored black with 3 drops black paste food coloring

To make a crowbar, start with a smaller, grape-sized ball of black Half & Half, like so:

 Crowbar 1

Roll the Half & Half into 4 thin sausage shapes, slightly thinner than a drinking straw:

Crowbar 2 

A quarter of the way down, bend the sausage shape at a right angle, then pinch the short end flat:

Crowbar 3 

Then cut it off with somehting sharp, like a razor knife:

Crowbar 4 

The next step is flattening in the bent end:

Crowbar 5 

Use a craft knife to cut a “V” out of the flat end of the crowbar:

Crowbar 6 

Make sure it's bent into the proper shape, and it's zombie clobberin' time.

Crowbar 8 

Repeat to make another 3 crowbars. Let dry overnight. Store, uncovered, in a cool, dry place, but not in the refrigerator.

Shovel
Makes 4

1 1/2 oz Half & Half, colored gray with a dab of black paste food coloring

1 1/2 oz Half & Half, colored pale brown with 1 drop brown and 1 drop yellow paste food coloring

1. Roll the gray Half & Half into 4 balls. Squeeze each into a triangle shape. Flatten the triangle to create the blade of the shovel. Pinch the edges so that it appears to be sharp, especially at the point.

2. Roll one quarter of the pale brown Half & Half into a thin sausage shape 3 inches long. Flatten one end and attach it to the back of the shovel blade with water. Repeat to make another 3 shovels. Let dry overnight. Store, uncovered, in a cool, dry place, but not in the refrigerator.

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