Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Creepy Cake N Bake: My Heart Bleeds for You (plus winners!)

First of all, I just want to say THANK YOU to everyone who participated in my Betting on Yourself Contest. Each and every one of you are so brave, and you all have given me such strength and inspiration! This is a pretty courageous lot! That's why I've chosen two winners for the signed hardcover HEREAFTER and signed ARC of ARISE (when it's available this winter).

Poploli and Sara M, you both are incredibly brave - please send me your mailing addresses, via tara@tarahudson.com.

To celebrate you guys and this spooky season, I'm participating in something really awesome: the YA Authors Creepy Cake N' Bake-A-Thon! Be sure to check out the previous authors' posts, as well as the ones following mine, and comment on your favorite entry, below. You can comment on EVERY Cake N' Bake post, one entry per post, for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Barnes & 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 as FAT VAMPIRE, FRANKENSTEIN TAKES THE CAKE, FRAKENSTEIN MAKES A SANDWICH and PSSST!

For the bake-a-thon, I decided to create a favorite of the guests as my annual Halloween party: the My Heart Bleeds for You Cake. But I also decided to make a few heart-babies to go along with the big momma heart. :)

You can find my inspiration (and the recipe) for the cake here, at Epicurious.com. Word to the wise: definitely use the cake recipe they provide, as cake mix is just too sticky/soft. I use their recipe for the overall pink frosting, but I like to cheat and buy tubes of grocery-store red and blue frosting for the veins. And just FYI, squeezable jelly makes the best blood! Here are my ghastly creations, pre- and post-surgery.

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

Wed Oct 5 Stacey Jay

Fri Oct 7 Erin Dionne

Sat Oct 8 Sydney Salter

Mon Oct 10 Brenda Yovanoff

Wed Oct 12 Tara Hudson (me!)

Fri Oct 14 Karen Healey

Sat Oct 15 Robin Bridges

Mon Oct 17 Michelle Zink

Wed Oct 19 Julia Karr

Fri Oct 21 Victoria Schwab

Sat Oct 22 C. Lee McKenzie

Mon Oct 24 Natalie Zaman

Wed Oct 26 Stephanie Burgis

Fri Oct 28 Dawn Metcalf


  1. That oozes really well. Kinda gross but cool for Halloween.

  2. Aw! I love the babies most of all. So cute and oozy :).

    Stacey Jay

  3. My gastros quails at Thánatos
    as every cake proves grim or gross.
    The merest sight of oven mitts;
    of muffin pans or frosting kits;
    a glimpse of whisk inside a drawer
    fills me with a creeping horror.

  4. MMmmmm tasty! Like a big, yummy jelly donut (with just the right amount of grossness!)

  5. Ahhh! I love the gooshy blood! Everyone in this contest has such creepy-cool cuppycakes. :)

  6. I love this . . . though the baby heart cakes creep me out a bit. ;-)

  7. Euuuu! Very sweet, yet very grisly too. Nice balance. These entries are quite challenging to match or top. Rats! I wanted to win, too.

  8. That is so cool, and so very creepy. Nice work!

  9. "squeezable jelly makes the best blood!"

    Now there's a phrase you don't hear every day! ;-)

  10. Oh-Em-Gee... The jam is killing me. Blech!

    And I mean that in a good way!


  11. Heart babies!!!! That is both disturbing and adorable!

  12. One work and please take this in the Halloween manner it which it was meant......YUCK!