Haunted graveyard cake

Haunted graveyard cake

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Cooking time

Prep: 45 mins Cook: 2 hrs

Skill level

Moderately easy

Servings

Serves 10

The perfect centrepiece for a Halloween celebration, this cake is guaranteed to make your party extra spooky

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
721
protein
9g
carbs
95g
fat
36g
saturates
11g
fibre
3g
sugar
66g
salt
0.63g

Ingredients

To decorate

  • 1 egg white
  • 50g icing sugar
  • 200ml single cream
  • 200g dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 125g rich tea finger biscuits
  • 100g double chocolate cookies
  • 25g white chocolate
  • silver balls, to decorate

For the cake

  • 85g cocoa powder
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 375g light brown muscovado sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 200ml milk
  • 175ml vegetable oil

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Method

  1. To make the ghosts, heat oven to 110C/90C fan/gas ¼. Whip the egg white in a clean bowl until stiff peaks form. Whisk in the sugar a tbsp at a time and keep whisking for a couple of mins until the mixture is thick and resembles shaving foam. Gently spoon the mixture into a large freezer bag, then cut a 1.5cm hole in one of the corners. Cover a baking sheet with some baking parchment. Carefully squeeze a small circle of whipped egg white out of the bag, pulling upwards as you do to make a ghost shape. Repeat until the mixture is used up – you should get about 15 ghosts. Bake for 1½ hrs until crisp. Can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
  2. Now make the cake. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Tip the cocoa powder, self-raising flour and sugar into a large bowl, breaking up any clumps of sugar. Mix together the eggs, milk and oil in a measuring cup or bowl, then pour over the dry ingredients and stir everything together until smooth. Grease and line a deep baking dish (20 x 30 x 5cm) with baking parchment. Pour in the cake mixture and bake for 30 mins. Leave to cool, then turn out onto a serving plate. Alternatively, wrap well and store for up to 2 days.
  3. Finish decorating the cake: heat cream in a saucepan until just boiling. Place the dark chocolate in a large bowl and pour over the hot cream. Stir until the chocolate melts. Use a clean brush to paint a layer of chocolate over 7 rich tea finger biscuits, then set aside to cool. Pour the rest of the chocolate mixture over the cake and smooth over with a knife. Whizz the chocolate cookies, or bash in a freezer bag with a rolling pin, until small crumbs form. Sprinkle over the top of the cake.
  4. Place the white chocolate in a small bowl, set over a pan of simmering water. Leave for 5 mins or until melted, then spoon into a small freezer bag. Wait for 10 mins so the mixture is not too runny, then cut a tiny hole in one corner of the bag. Pipe out 2 small blobs onto each ghost, place a silver ball on each to make eyes, then pipe out suitable words and shapes on the gravestones. Leave for 30 mins to set, then push the biscuit gravestones into the cake and arrange the ghosts around. To get the ghosts to ‘fly’, push a thin wire (you can get these from a florist shop – remember to remove before eating) into the bottom of the ghost, then place in the cake, hiding the wire behind a gravestone.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2009

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naomimary's picture

i used soya milk instead milk and soya cream, as can't have dairy products. I also used kit kat's for the grave stones. I kept them together so looked square and just cut them in half so it made two squares. It looked fine and worked out just as well. I also didn't bash cookies and just used chocolate sprinkles which i already had and looked just as good. I think next time i will also try making it with out the cream, i think just melted chocolate would be ok but would need to try. Just to try and make it less than 721 calories.

shell-mcmillan's picture
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Lovely and looks great! Although I covered the biscuits with melted chocolate rather than the sticky chocolate mix it looked better.

colleenc's picture
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I made this recipe vegan so my husband could have some, this review is more for the concept and decoration than the actual cake.

For anyone interested, I veganized the ganache by simply subbing coconut milk for heavy cream. We found vegan cookies and we made icing to draw on the gravestones and to make the ghosts. We only had red candy balls on hand for the ghosts eyes, but I actually feel like it looked better this way, giving the ghosts a spooky touch.

I highly recommend this as a recipe to get little ones interested in baking. I made this with my son and he was enthralled every step of the way!

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It worked out really well for the kids halloween party.. my son loves dark chocolate so he ate about half of it!!
I would agree a sweeter topping would be better.

almellitfr's picture
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It's a killing cake, a real sin.
Made it with kids for halloween and managed to make my first meringues! thank u thank u!!

susiedawnjones's picture

I would agree with the comments that this was definitely a cake for adults even though I sweetened it by using milk chocolate topping rather than dark chocolate it was still a tad bitter. Very easy to make and looked fantastic!

kerryyoung's picture
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Brilliant - ghosts became splats but the cake is incredible - I used a bit of orange chocolate and it was lovely

Theasupercook's picture

If you look at the tips I put one to make your ghosts less splaty so you could read that and your cake will be perfect!

lisac92's picture
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Made this with my 2 cousins, everyone loved it. it was quite hard to write with the chocolate though so we used icing pens instead.

cereal_killer's picture
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At first I had minor problems with ghosts and tombstones, but in the end it was worth the effort - cake was delicious and looked totally awesome, just in style for Halloween! Will definitely make it again :)

gabrielleh's picture
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I took this cake to a Halloween party and every child who saw it gasped! It looks amazing and tastes amazing! Moist, not too sweet and it was incredibly easy to make! Instead of dark chocolate, I used milk chocolate and substituted the cookies with kit kats whizzed with a bit more chocolate!!! And thanks to all of the above reviews, I ditched the white chocolate and went with icing! Will definitely be making this again next year for Halloween and using the cake recipe for the next time I have a craving for chocolate cake!!

gabrielleh's picture
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I took this cake to a Halloween party and every child who saw it gasped! It looks amazing and tastes amazing! Moist, not too sweet and it was incredibly easy to make! Instead of dark chocolate, I used milk chocolate and substituted the cookies with kit kats whizzed with a bit more chocolate!!! And thanks to all of the above reviews, I ditched the white chocolate and went with icing! Will definitely be making this again next year for Halloween and using the cake recipe for the next time I have a craving for chocolate cake!!

gabrielleh's picture
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I took this cake to a Halloween party and every child who saw it gasped! It looks amazing and tastes amazing! Moist, not too sweet and it was incredibly easy to make! Instead of dark chocolate, I used milk chocolate and substituted the cookies with kit kats whizzed with a bit more chocolate!!! And thanks to all of the above reviews, I ditched the white chocolate and went with icing! Will definitely be making this again next year for Halloween and using the cake recipe for the next time I have a craving for chocolate cake!!

annies1's picture
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I've given this 4 stars as I only made the cake and ghosts. Used ordinary chocolate buttercream. It was lovely and would definitely use the cake for other recipes. Very popular with children and adults!

LuluLolly's picture
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My daughter spent hours making this cake today and although it looked fantastic, I would agree with those who say that it's too rich for children. We scraped off the icing and ate the cake on its own. Looks fab though!

waffoo72's picture
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Fantastic .. Quite easy to do and looks and tastes great. I got lots of compliments.

cowen84's picture
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made this yesterday, but split the cake mix between 2 round cake tins so make 2 seperate graveyards (one for home and one for work!!) my gravestones have gone soggy but they still taste good. maybe coating them in pure melted chocolate would stop them going soggy, but am quite happy with them covered in ganache. yummy yummy!!

cathcupcake's picture

I would not bother with rich tea biscuits for the gravestones.Within 3 hours of coating them with chocolate they went soggy & fell over.Next time I would ready coated chocolate biscuits.

aimeemac's picture

My topping just didn't set! Any suggestions?

emmachapps's picture

made this cake yesterday, very easy to make, children loved it, will be doing another for the halloween party.

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