Yep. I killed another gingerbread-man-shaped dude. Megan requested a coffee flavored coffin cake, and because I'm such a good blogger I happily obliged. I haven't had any coffee-flavored desserts since a mocha cake made me gag when I was five or six years old. So, for this one I went with a mostly chocolaty cake with a *hint* of coffee, just in case I'm still a mocha hater. I used my Strawberry Santa Hats recipe for the cake and the ganache, replacing the oat milk with strong brewed coffee. You can always add a teaspoon or two of instant espresso powder to the cake if you want a stronger coffee flavor.
Any 8 by 8 inch cake will work though. To make the coffins, cut the cake in half so you end up with two 4 by 8 rectangles, and then cut out the corners of each rectangle to shape it like a coffin. Here's a visual:
I made one half as a closed coffin and the other half was closed. The open coffin with the gingerbread dude was a bit of work,. A closed coffin cake is definitely less fussy.
The closed one requires little work. Just spread the ganache all over the top and sides of both halves of the cake. I piped some leftover-from-last-week chocolate buttercream all around the bottom to make the border look nice and neat. The white cross is a simple powdered sugar icing, and I was *this close* to writing R.I.P on the top when I remembered that I suck at piping letters. Phew!
To make one half/coffin with the gingerbread dude inside, you will need to slice the top 1/3 off the unfrosted cake and slide it over a piece of wax paper. Spread a thick layer of ganache all over the top and freeze it for 10 minutes or until the chocolate is solid. Carefully flip it over so the unfrosted side is up and spread a generous amount of ganache all over the top and sides. Freeze it for another 10 minutes while you frost the bottom 2/3 of the coffin cake and place a poor little gingerbread dude on top. When that's done, peel the frozen cake off the wax paper (if you're going to draw a cross on top, do that first) and place it *cattywampus* over/on the side of the bottom cake. Done!
On non-Halloweegan related news. Are you a Netflix member? Mr. Wing-It and I recently joined and we were getting a bit frustrated with their limited online browsing feature for their streaming movies. But yesterday I found this awesome site that has all of Netfix's available streaming movies neatly organized into categories! YAY! Are we the only Netflix members that were unaware of this goldmine? It's called instantwatcher and it even has a subgenre directory that lets you be as choosy as you want! Foreign movies sorted by country? Check! Horror movies sorted by creepy subject, perfect for Halloween? Check! A subcategory for Super Swashbucklers? Check!
We also bought a Roku Player so we can watch streaming movies on the big TV. And guess what's available on Netflix streaming? My beloved Lost in Austen! Just for that, Netflix gets elebenty brownie points.
Today's Blog-Love goes to DJ @ Skint Vegan! If some day someone comes up with an International School for Future Awesome Moms, DJ should be a member of the board of directors! She is raising her children to be punks (her words!) and those two cutie patootie kids are lucky to have such a cool mom! DJ's blog is home to the cutest Hello Kitty cake, the most original The Arc de Triomphe costume, and lots of tasty vegan nom noms. Check out DJ's blog!