Haunted graveyard cake

Haunted graveyard cake

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(35 ratings)

Prep: 45 mins Cook: 2 hrs

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Serves 10
The perfect centrepiece for a Halloween celebration, this cake is guaranteed to make your party extra spooky

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition:

  • kcal721
  • fat36g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs95g
  • sugars66g
  • fibre3g
  • protein9g
  • salt0.63g
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Ingredients

    To decorate

    • 1 egg white
    • 50g icing sugar
    • 200ml single cream
      Cream

      Cream

      cree-m

      Fresh unpasteurised milk quickly separates and the fat rises to the top. This fat layer is then…

    • 200g dark chocolate, finely chopped
      Chocolate

      Chocolate

      chok-let

      Chocolate as we know it in pressed

    • 125g rich tea finger biscuits
    • 100g double chocolate cookies
    • 25g white chocolate
      White chocolate squares, stacked

      White chocolate

      why-t chok-lit

      To purists, this is not chocolate because it is made only from the fat or butter of the cacao…

    • silver balls, to decorate

    For the cake

    • 85g cocoa powder
    • 200g self-raising flour
    • 375g light brown muscovado sugar
    • 4 eggs
      Eggs

      Egg

      egg

      The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

    • 200ml milk

      Milk

      mill-k

      One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

    • 175ml vegetable oil

    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.

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    cereal_killer
    2nd Nov, 2011
    5.05
    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
    2nd Nov, 2011
    5.05
    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
    2nd Nov, 2011
    5.05
    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
    2nd Nov, 2011
    5.05
    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
    2nd Nov, 2011
    4.05
    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
    30th Oct, 2011
    3.05
    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
    30th Oct, 2011
    5.05
    Fantastic .. Quite easy to do and looks and tastes great. I got lots of compliments.
    cowen84
    30th Oct, 2011
    5.05
    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
    30th Oct, 2011
    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
    29th Oct, 2011
    My topping just didn't set! Any suggestions?

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