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Okay, much to my mother--and probably mother-in-law's--chagrin, I am not Suzy Homemaker. But Halloween + author friends + competitive baking?! SIGN ME UP.

I based my entry on my love for dystopian fiction. Societies where every move you make is scrutinized freaks me the heck out. Teri Hall's THE LINE, Pam Bachorz' CANDOR, Suzanne Collins' THE HUNGER GAMES, and classics such as 1984, THE HANDMAID'S TALE and BRAVE NEW WORLD are some of my favorites.

So I chose to make All-Seeing Eyeball Cupcakes!!

Here's a close shot:

Inside (what you can barely see are the "bloody" red streaks through the cake--but in person they look awesome):

To make your very own All-Seeing-Eyeball Cupcakes:

- Whip up some yellow cake batter
- Add several drops of red food coloring to the batter. Do NOT mix the food coloring all the way--you are going for pinky-red streaks.
- Bake cupcakes as directed and let cool.
- Frost with white frosting (sorry, prncssdidi - I used store bought) and sprinkle with white sparkle sugar to get that glistening effect.
- Dot the top with gummi ring candy (I used Peach Rings) and use dark M&M's for the pupil
- Skinny licorice whips make great lids and bloody veins.
- Sprinkle red sparkle sugar for those last dashes of gory bloodshot detailing.

Enjoy...if you can get past the guilt of having your dessert watch you eat it! Mwa-ha-ha-ha!

The Creepy Cake N Bake-a-Thon is ON! Vote for your favorite entry by commenting below. You can comment on EVERY Cake N Bake post, one entry per post, for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate from Barnes and Noble or an official Creepy Cake N Bake doll! Please include your email in order to be entered to win.

Trophies will be awarded on Halloween for the top creeptastic creations. Winners will be chosen by our special Celebrity Judge, Adam Rex, author of such deliciously creepy creations such as FAT VAMPIRE, FRANKENSTEIN TAKES THE CAKE, FRANKENSTEIN MAKES A SANDWICH, and PSSST!

Check the list of contestants and their post dates so you don't miss any of the fun:

Mon Oct. 3 - Saundra Mitchell - Zombaby Bread!
Wed Oct 5 - Stacey Jay - Insane Clown Zombies!
Friday Oct 7 - Erin Dionne
Saturday Oct 8 - Sydney Salter
Mon Oct 10 - Brenna Yovanoff
Wed Oct 12 - Tara Hudson
Friday Oct 14 - Karen Healey
Saturday Oct 15 - Robin Bridges
Mon Oct 17 - Michelle Zink
Wed Oct 19 - Julia Karr
Friday Oct 21 - Victoria Schwab
Saturday Oct 22 -
C.Lee McKenzie
Sunday Oct 23 - E. Kristin Anderson
Mon Oct 24 - Natalie Zaman
Wed Oct 26 - Stephanie Burgis
Friday Oct 28 - Dawn Metcalf

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( 30 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 7th, 2011 03:55 am (UTC)
Those are awesomely disgusting!
Oct. 7th, 2011 04:02 am (UTC)
Nothing like your zombaby bread!!
Oct. 7th, 2011 11:22 am (UTC)
Luurrrrve creepy eyes--and the bloody insides--cool!!!
Oct. 7th, 2011 12:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Natalie!
Oct. 7th, 2011 12:29 pm (UTC)
Love it! I'm proud of you. Even if it's store bought frosting. :-D
Oct. 7th, 2011 12:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Paula! At 10:30pm, store bought is acceptable, right?
Oct. 7th, 2011 02:00 pm (UTC)
A Friday of WOW!
User dawn_metcalf referenced to your post from A Friday of WOW! saying: [...] Have you seen today's Creepy Cake N Bake entry?!? Erin Dionne's All-Seeing Eyeball Cupcakes! [...]
Oct. 7th, 2011 02:31 pm (UTC)
Creepy Cake N Bake #3-Erin Dionne
User stacey_jay referenced to your post from Creepy Cake N Bake #3-Erin Dionne saying: [...] ficate to Barnes and Noble or a Creepy Cake Doll: http://bostonerin.livejournal.com/163051.html [...]
Oct. 7th, 2011 03:02 pm (UTC)
EYE cannot wait to try these out myself *note to self pick up stuff to make*

Thanks these really are awesome!!
Oct. 8th, 2011 05:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you!!
Oct. 7th, 2011 11:21 pm (UTC)
Nothin' says Halloween like eating eyeballs!
Oct. 8th, 2011 05:36 pm (UTC)
YUM! Eyeballs!
Oct. 8th, 2011 03:15 am (UTC)
From Adam Rex
Almost missed this–somehow I thought the next entry was tomorrow.

All-seeing eyes! They see the flame
of this, my secret, burning shame:
regret that I resolved to make
a rhyme for every creepy cake.
Oct. 8th, 2011 05:37 pm (UTC)
Re: From Adam Rex
Your rhymes are rockin'
Your judging, too.
But by entry number 10,
I won't be envying you!

Nice job, Adam!!
Oct. 9th, 2011 01:02 pm (UTC)
Re: From Adam Rex
Oct. 9th, 2011 12:17 am (UTC)
Cool!! Those "look" great! ;-) Okay, they can stop staring at me now. Really. Enough. Umm . . . yeah, I guess I'm going to have to close the window, but I think they'll still be watching me even then. =)
Oct. 11th, 2011 12:27 pm (UTC)
Oct. 10th, 2011 04:54 pm (UTC)
This is eerily awesome! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom
Heidi Zweifel
Oct. 10th, 2011 07:19 pm (UTC)
Is it bad that they look delicious? Love the red sugar for the bloodshot effect! heidi (at) yabibliophile (dot) com
Oct. 11th, 2011 12:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Heidi!
Oct. 10th, 2011 08:05 pm (UTC)
How will I be able to sleep if I bake those and have them in the kitchen? Very eye-ballie!
Oct. 11th, 2011 12:26 pm (UTC)
Hee-hee! They see you when you're sleeping...they know when you're awake!
Oct. 10th, 2011 09:08 pm (UTC)
Ok really sound good. But from a distance look pretty gross. Close up though no so bad.

bacchus76 at myself dot com
Oct. 11th, 2011 12:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Donna! I take it as a compliment!
Oct. 11th, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
Very creepy! I'd have to eat them fast to stop them from staring at me!!!
Oct. 16th, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC)
Awesome idea, Erin!

Eyes are like clowns - always scary.

Oct. 18th, 2011 09:07 am (UTC)
Soooo yummy-looking! Peach gummy rings and M&M's together sound heavenly!
Oct. 22nd, 2011 02:20 am (UTC)
Just so long as they don't blink...
Oct. 29th, 2011 12:45 am (UTC)
Love these!
Sep. 3rd, 2012 06:28 pm (UTC)
Seems so beautiful!
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