This was a birthday cake for a Buffy fan. He is a little bit Goth, hence the use of lots of black. Red velvet cake with cream cheese icing. The black was canned chocolate fudge icing. While it colored nicely, it was impossible to get smooth, so I just made it very irregular. The stake was gumpaste. Piping gel blood. It was a very well-received cake. It's funny what flips people's switches.