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Oscar menu: "oil"-filled bundt cake?

leeniz | Feb 19, 200804:25 PM

So, we're having a theme Oscar party this weekend, and I want to make a There Will Be Blood cake. The idea is to make a sand-colored bundt cake and fill the cavity with a black chocolate pudding. And maybe put a chocolate oil derrick on top.

Can anyone suggest ideas on:

1) Best coloring agents for the pudding? I will likely attempt homemade pudding, rather than the instant stuff. So far I've got lots o' food coloring as my top option, but I'd love some more creative/natural options (does squid ink taste squiddy?).

2) Preventing the cake from getting soggy. I'll probably bake the cake the night before and fill the cavity as close to party time as possible, but I want to avoid soggy cake mush come the end of the ceremonies. Maybe a high-sugar glaze on the inside of the tube?

Thanks, all!

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