– This is how you make a ghost island cake – by burning a dead pig, then placing the cake in a bowl of melted butter and water and letting it sit in the bowl for two hours, covered in a layer of cheese.
The result is a ghostly, ghostly ghost island of cakes and cakes of all kinds.
“I’ve made ghost cakes for weddings, funerals, parties,” says Kim Stumpf, a culinary artist who is from Richmond, Virginia.
“I don’t really like making a ghost cake.
It’s a bit too much.”
The idea behind the ghost island is to create a natural, unadorned version of a typical cake.
You put a piece of cardboard on the surface of the cake, place a piece on top of it, and cover the whole thing in melted butter.
You then fill the bowl with water to bring out the ghostly flavors of the cheese.
“You put it on the cake and you don’t have to worry about putting a layer or two of cheese,” says Stumpford, who has worked as a pastry chef in Richmond for 20 years.
“You can just make it the way you want it.”
It’s not just about the ingredients – ghosts also make a good, old-fashioned cake, and it’s not always easy to find them.
It takes a bit of patience, but you can make a cake with a ghost of the ghost.
The ghost island can be a challenge to make, but once you have it, you can customize it to whatever you like.
And you can use the ghost as a backdrop, or just leave it alone.
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