Recipe courtesy of Anne Thornton
Episode: Scary Sweet
Save Recipe Print
Milk Chocolate Graveyard Cake
Total:
2 hr 35 min
Prep:
1 hr
Inactive:
50 min
Cook:
45 min
Yield:
1 (9-inch) cake
Level:
Intermediate
Total:
2 hr 35 min
Prep:
1 hr
Inactive:
50 min
Cook:
45 min
Yield:
1 (9-inch) cake
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients

Cake:
Assembly:
Milk Chocolate Buttercream:
Chocolate Tree:
Candy Bones:

Directions

Assembly:

For the cake: Put a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter 2 (9 by 2-inch) nonstick round cake pans. Line the bottom of each with a round of parchment paper, and then butter the paper. 

Sift the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt together onto parchment paper. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, 4 or 5 minutes. Add your eggs, 1 at a time, mixing until completely incorporated before adding each additional egg. Mix in the chocolate and vanilla, making sure to combine really well. Turn the mixer to low and slowly add the dry ingredients, alternating with the buttermilk, in 3 batches, starting and ending with the flour mixture. Make sure to let it mix thoroughly. 

Pour half the batter in each pan and spread evenly with a spatula or butter knife. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Remove the pans to racks and allow the cakes to cool for 10 minutes or so. Loosen the edges of the cake from the pan with a knife, then turn them onto the racks. Remove the paper and let the cakes completely cool. 

To assemble: Put some Milk Chocolate Buttercream on top of 1 cake layer, pushing out to the sides a bit. Sprinkle some ground up chocolate wafers on top. Place the other cake layer on top and flip it over so the flat surface is up. Ice with the rest of the buttercream. Don't try to make it perfectly smooth, the more bumpy it is the better, we're creating a graveyard! 

With your black gel, write out RIP on the chocolate sandwich cookies to make them look like gravestones. 

Sprinkle more ground wafers on top of the cake to look like dirt. Pat some more around the sides. Take your chocolate tree and put right through the cake in the back. Add some gravestones and some pumpkins. And the chocolate bones, pressing into the sides like an X. Arrange chunks of rock candy around.

Milk Chocolate Buttercream:

Combine the butter, salt and 2 cups of the confectioners' sugar in a mixer with the whisk attachment. Beat until light and fluffy. Add the melted chocolates, vanilla and the remaining 3 cups sugar. Whisk on medium-high until smooth and fluffy.

Chocolate Tree:

Put the chips in a heatproof glass bowl over a pot of simmering water. Stir to melt. Fill a zip top bag with the melted chocolate and pipe it out on a baking sheet lined with foil in the shape of a tree. Let cool.

Candy Bones:

Put the chips in a heatproof glass bowl over a pot of simmering water. Stir to melt. Add the melted butter to the chips to make the mixture more workable. Take your pretzel stick and push a marshmallow on each side. Coat in the white chocolate, and let dry on parchment paper.

More from:

Halloween

Trending Videos 6 Videos

Get the recipe

Chocolate Waffle Cake 00:46

Make a fun breakfast with this chocolate and raspberry waffle cake.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Big Chocolate Birthday Cake

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Almost-Famous Chocolate Mousse Cake

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Apple Cake "Tatin"

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Carrot and Pineapple Cake

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Carrot Cake

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Lemon Yogurt Cake

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Hazelnut-Chocolate Linzer Cookies

Recipe courtesy of Aida Mollenkamp

Browse Reviews By Keyword

          Food Network Apps

          In the Kitchen

          Get over 70,000 FN recipes on all your mobile devices.

          Facebook Messenger

          Ask our bot for recipes, meal ideas and daily food trivia.