Introduction: Graveyard Cake

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Fun and simple cake for Halloween!

Step 1: Bake Chocolate Cake

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  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa (sifted)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened (do not soften in microwave)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 15" rectangular pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients: sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Whisk for 1 minute to blend. Then, add softened butter a few pieces at a time while the mixer is on low speed. Beat approximately 1 minute or until the dry ingredients are crumbly and moistened. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla until blended.
  • Slowly add approx. 1/2 of the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and beat for 1 1/2 minutes at medium speed. Scrape the bottom and sides of bowl. Then, add the remaining egg mixture, beating for 20 seconds. Scrape the sides and bottom of bowl.
  • Pour into prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes or until the center of the cake springs back to the touch and a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool the cake for 10 minutes on a rack and then turn out of the pan.

Step 2: Frost Cake

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Use chocolate frosting to cover the cake.

Step 3: Add Cookie Crumble to Cake

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  • Remove cream from Oreo cookies and smash to make crumble.
  • Add cookie crumble to the sides of the cake.

Step 4: Pipe Grass Onto Cake

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  • Mix vanilla icing with green food colouring.
  • Use a piping bag and grass decorating tip to pipe on icing.

Step 5: Make Chocolate Moon and Tree

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  • Melt dark chocolate and white chocolate in separate bowls.
  • Add food colouring to the white chocolate to get an orange colour.
  • Pour melted chocolates into separate pastry bags.
  • Pipe a tree (using dark chocolate) and moon (using white chocolate) onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Refrigerate until hard (4-6 minutes).

Step 6: Make Tombstone

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  • Mold Rice Crispy Treats into the shape of a tombstone.
  • Add black food colouring to fondant and twist it to make a marble affect.
  • Cover tombstone with fondant.
  • Use black food colouring and a toothpick to add details.

Step 7: Make Fingers

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    • Mold Rice Crispy Treats into the shapes of fingers.
    • Cover fingers with white fondant.
    • Use black food colouring and a toothpick to add details.

      Step 8: Assemble Cake

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      • Add chocolate moon and tree to cake (use toothpicks, if necessary).
      • Place tombstone and fingers on top of cake.
      • Add cookie crumble to middle of cake.
      • Add any additional details to the cake.


      Athena Smith (author)2016-10-04

      Super cool

      DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2015-10-31

      Awesome cake! That is a great idea for how to make stand up figures on a cake.

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