You’ll think that you are having an encounter with zombies when you see this Super Spooky Graveyard Cake. Beware the chocolate and zombie hands!
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This cake is so ridiculously good that it will make you high five a creepy zombie!!!!!
I knew the minute that I saw these neon green zombie hands that I needed to make a fun cake that zombies were digging their way out of. Ah, reminds me of so many episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer when the vampires dug themselves out of their graves. So much dirt! So much gore!
The zombie hands from Street Treat were my inspiration for the cake. They are super fun and creepy.
Of course, I needed to make this Super Spooky Graveyard Cake to actually look like a the hands were coming out of a freshly dug grave. So I loaded up the top of the cake with tons of fresh dirt so that mean it needed to be chocolaty. At first, I was thinking of using some crumbled cake as chocolate dirt. But then I thought that crushed up Oreos would be a fun, and delicious, topping. Crumbly cookies make awesome looking dirt.
So chocolate on chocolate on chocolate… WINNER!!!!
Of course the key to a great chocolate cake. And this chocolate cake is just so perfect! I saw it in the new Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book (17th Edition) and it was everything I hoped it would be. You know, once you find a great recipe and it all just comes together?!?! Well this chocolate cake recipe is exactly that. So good!!!
The chocolate cake is perfect in flavor and texture. It’s so light and fluffy, but has enough structure too. It has a really nice crumb and rich chocolate taste.
To round out this awesome zombie coming out of the grave cake, I made a super yummy chocolate frosting. It’s a simple American Buttercream that whips up in just minutes with a few ingredients. It’s really soft and airy. It’s my go-to frosting since it tastes so good and is so easy to frost with. A real classic.
I hope that you love Super Spooky Graveyard Cake. It will make your Halloween extra frightful and delicious.
For the Chocolate Cake
- 3/4 Cup butter, softened
- 3 eggs, at room temperature
- 2 Cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 Cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 Cups sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 Cups whole milk
For the Frosting
- 1 Cup unsalted butter, softened
- 6 ounces semi sweet chocolate, melted and cooled
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons whole milk
- 2 Cups powdered sugar, sifted
- 20 Oreos, crushed
- 8 zombie hands on a stick, Treat Street
- Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease/spray 2 9x1-1/2-inch round cake pans. Line bottom of pans with parchment paper. Grease/spray bottoms and sides of pans. Set pans aside.
- In a mixing bowl stir together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder; and salt; set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat the butter on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add the sugar, beating on medium speed until well combined (3 to 4 minutes). Scrape down the sides of bowl; then continue beating for 2 minutes, until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition (about 1 minute total). Beat in the vanilla extract
- Incorporate half of the flour mixture and then beat on low speed until just combined, then half of the milk until just combined. Scrape down the bowl. Repeat with the rest of the flour and milk. Beat on medium to high speed for 20 seconds more. Spread batter evenly into the prepared pans.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, peel off the parchment paper, then continue to cool thoroughly on wire rack.
- While the cake is cooling, make the frosting. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat the butter on medium to high speed until light and fluffy. Add the chocolate and beat well. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Then slowly mix in the milk, scrape down again. Slowly incorporate the powdered sugar while mixing on low. Once fully incorporated, beat on medium speed until very fluffy, about 1 minute.
- Place 1 layer of cake on the serving tray or cake stand, frost the first layer of cake and then add the second later, and complete frosting the top and sides.
- Cover the top of the cake with 2/3 of the crushed Oreos and sprinkle the remaining crushed Oreos around the bottom of the cake. Stick the zombie hands into the top of the cake.
Chocolate Cake recipe sourced from Better Homes and Garden New Cookbook 17th ed
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