Halloween Layer Cake
I make this scary-good cake every Halloween for my husband, Mike, and our three children.
PREP: 20 MIN. • BAKE: 30 MIN. MAKES: 16 SERVINGS 1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour 1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup whole milk
1/₄ cup baking cocoa
1/₄ cup water
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. orange extract
1 Tbsp. grated orange zest 10 drops yellow food coloring 6 drops red food coloring
9 oz. cream cheese, softened 5³/₄ cups confectioners’ sugar 2 Tbsp. whole milk
8 drops yellow food coloring 6 drops red food coloring
3 oz. semisweet chocolate 1/₃ cup heavy whipping cream Candy corn for garnish
1. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add alternately with milk to the creamed mixture. Mix well. Combine cocoa, water and vanilla; stir in 2 cups cake batter.
2. Pour into a greased and floured 9-in. round baking pan. Add orange extract, zest and food coloring to remaining batter. Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
3. In a bowl, beat all frosting ingredients until smooth. Place one orange cake layer on a cake plate; spread with 1/2 cup frosting. Top with chocolate layer; spread with 1/2 cup frosting. Top with the second orange layer. Frost sides and top of cake.
4. Microwave chocolate and cream on high for 11/2 minutes or until blended, stirring once. Stir until smooth; let cool 2 minutes. Slowly pour over the cake, letting glaze drizzle down sides. Garnish with candy corn. 1 SLICE 529 cal., 18g fat (10g sat. fat), 99mg chol., 307mg sod., 89g carb. (67g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g pro.
SHOW IT OFFMake this towering cake the centerpiece of your spirited supper. HALLOWEEN LAYER CAKE