Recipe

Eyeball jelly

I'm watching you! These cake eyeballs in jelly are fantastic for kids birthdays and for Halloween parties. Scary and delicious - BOO!

  • 7 hrs preparation
  • Makes 3 litre
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Ingredients

Equipment
  • 10 centimetre round cutter
  • 5 x 350ml clear jars
Cake
  • 460 gram packet double unfilled sponge cake rounds
  • 1/2 cup (150g) ready-made vanilla frosting
  • 3 x 85g packets create-a-jelly crystals
  • blue food colouring
  • lime essence
Decorations
  • 600 gram ready-made white icing
  • pure icing (confectioners’) sugar, for dusting
  • apricot jam, warmed
  • 250 gram fresh strawberries
  • 3 soft eating licorice, sliced thinly
  • 2 kiwifruit
  • 30 gram white chocolate melts
  • non-toxic edible black pen

Method

Eyeball jelly
  • 1
    Process cake into crumbs. Combine crumbs and frosting in a large bowl; roll 2 teaspoonfuls of the mixture into balls. Place on an oven tray, loosely cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm.
  • 2
    Knead ready-made icing on a surface dusted with icing sugar until icing loses its stickiness. Roll icing on a surface lightly dusted with icing sugar until 3mm thick. Brush cake balls with jam. Using cutter, cut rounds from icing; wrap each round around a cake ball, pinching ends to seal. Stand, uncovered, for 4 hours for icing to dry.
  • 3
    Slice strawberries into 2cm rounds, about 3mm thick. Using a sharp knife, discard centre of strawberry pieces; place strawberries on paper towel to remove excess moisture. Place a piece of licorice in centre of each strawberry, trimming if necessary. Repeat with kiwifruit.
  • 4
    Melt chocolate. Secure strawberry and kiwifruit to eyeballs with a little melted chocolate. Using picture as a guide, draw lines on eyeballs with black pen.
  • 5
    Meanwhile, make jelly following packet directions; tint pale blue. Add a few drops of lime essence. Divide jelly between jars. Refrigerate 1½ hours or until partially set.
  • 6
    Push eyeballs into partially set jelly. Refrigerate until jelly is completely set.

Notes

This recipe makes 15 eyeballs and 3 litres of jelly. Eyeballs can be made 2 days ahead. Store at room temperature. Assemble eyeballs in jars on day of serving.