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!
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
Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse to incorporate. Process until the frosting is smooth.
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.
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.
This pock marks are the snickers that I put all over the top of the cake before baking.
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.
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.
Add your gummy worms with some dirt over them in parts so the 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!
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!