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Spooky Halloween Graveyard Cake

October 31, 2015

I love the fun things you can do and create for Halloween. Everyone is a kid, even the big kids. Yes, that’s grownups. There are crazy gross looking foods, fun and silly scary desserts, and amazing costumes. My favorite thing that I make every year is a grave yard cake. It is so fun and yummy and the kids love it! I wanted to share it with you! These are so fun to bring to a party! Everyone is so impressed for something so simple.

For the cake, you can do anything you want. I have used a cookie cake using a 30 ounce roll of pre-made dough. I’ve used fudge brownies. I’ve made these cakes rectangle and round. Last year there was a raised portion of the cake, a smaller round cake off set on top of a larger round cake. I like to put halloween candy in the top of the cookie or cake before baking just to add a little fun. I bake them in a pan with nonstick aluminum foil so I can easily take the cookie/cake out of the pan. I put them on a board to serve.

To decorate, I frost it with my favorite chocolate buttercream from Fat Girl Trapped In a Skinny Body from her Ultimate S”More Anniversary Cake. I made that cake for my brother in law’s 50th birthday and it was amazing! Everyone was crazy for it!

Chocolate Frosting

Ingredients
6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled (I let it cool about 1 hour, stirring occasionally)
4 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar (no need to sift)
3 sticks (12 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
6 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions
Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse to incorporate. Process until the frosting is smooth.

 

Graveyard cake

Graveyard cake – The first one from last year. We had 2 parties and this was the first.

 

I use crushed chocolate cookies on top for dirt and rectangle or oval cookies for the tomb stones. I write RIP on the cookies with chocolate icing. On some cakes I have used pretzels or Pirouettes to make a gate around the graveyard.

 

Graveyard cake

Graveyard cake from 2 years ago

 

Graveyard cake

Graveyard cake – Second cake from last year.

 

I like to put ghost peeps, Halloween Peeps Marshmallow Ghosts (3 Ghosts per Package; Set of 4 Packs), candy corn pumpkins, Brach’s Pumpkin Mellowcremes Fall Candy, 4.5 Pound, and gummy worms in the dirt.

This year, I think I am going to combine the cookie and the brownie and do a rectangle layer of cookie on the bottom and a fudgy brownie layer on top filled with a marshmallow cream in the middle. I will ice it with chocolate buttercream and add all the fun, spooky, scary things.

This year’s cake:

I baked the cakes the night before and wrapped them up. They were cooled and ready to decorate in the morning.

 

Her job is to crush the chocolate cookies

Her job is to crush the chocolate cookies

The cookie cake

The cookie cake

The cookie cake with marshmallow fluff

The cookie cake with marshmallow fluff

Cookie with marshmallow fluff and brownie

Cookie with marshmallow fluff and brownie

 

This pock marks are the snickers that I put all over the top of the cake before baking.

 

Brownie on top of the cake with marshmallow fluff in between

Brownie on top of the cake with marshmallow fluff in between

 

Ice your cake with the chocolate buttercream and put your Pirouette cookie fence posts around the cake. You may need to use a little icing to make them stick.

You may need to put a little icing on the "fence posts" so they will stick.

You may need to put a little icing on the “fence posts” so they will stick.

Place your fence post cookies all around the sides of the cake.

Place your fence post cookies all around the sides of the cake.

Put the crushed chocolate cookie dirt down. Save some to put in places over the gummy worms.

Put the crushed chocolate cookie dirt down. Save some to put in places over the gummy worms.

 

Just break the Pirouettes into different lengths and stagger them. I needed slightly more than one container of the Pirouettes. I used some others (the darker ones) that I had on hand to complete the fence.

 

These are some of the decorations you'll need.

These are some of the decorations you’ll need.

Her job is to crush the chocolate cookies

Her job is to crush the chocolate cookies into “dirt.”

Mix Hershey's dark cocoa powder with milk to make the paint for the tombstones.

Mix Hershey’s dark cocoa powder with a tiny bit of milk to make the paint for the tombstones.

Put your cookie tombstones into the cake, add pumpkins, then add your ghosts on toothpicks.

Put your cookie tombstones into the cake, add pumpkins, then add your ghosts on toothpicks.

 

Add your gummy worms with some dirt over them in parts so the look like they are coming in and out of the dirt.

 

Put dirt over the worms in places so they look like they are coming in and out of the dirt.

Put dirt over the worms in places so they look like they are coming in and out of the dirt.

Put dirt over the worms in places so they look like they are coming in and out of the dirt.

Put dirt over the worms in places so they look like they are coming in and out of the dirt.

 

And here it is!!! The finished product for this year! This is the most fun thing for a Halloween party!

 

Happy Halloween Graveyard Cake

Happy Halloween Graveyard Cake

 

I hope you make this part of you Halloween tradition. The kids love it and so do the adults. It’s so whimsical and fun. Let me know if you try one of these and tell me how you do it!

Happy Halloween!

 

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