10.01.2012

Halloween Chocolate Cake and Printable Cupcake Toppers


Is it too early for Halloween to be posting this? I figured it takes some time to find that "perfect" treat for your kids or for a dinner party. Either way, this cake is a fun and delicious way to get everybody all excited for dessert. 
It is a really chocolaty cake with chocolate buttercream and as if that wasn't enoug, it's topped with finely crushed chocolate cookies. How good does that sound? 



WARNING: Kids will want to "help you" putting this cake together so be ready with extra paper towels to clean the mess ;)


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I also designed printable cupcake toppers to help you make your treats extra fun or you can also turn them into garlands to decorate around the house.


Ingredients:

For the cake:
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup canola oil
2 large eggs
1 cup of buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon instant coffee
1 cup of hot water

Preheat oven to 350 F.
grease and flour a 9 x 13 inch cake pan. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the sugar, brown sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt at low speed until blended. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the oil, eggs, buttermilk and vanilla. Slowly add the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients on low speed until just blended. Scrape around the bowl with a rubber spatula, scrape the bottom and the sides. Mix the coffee powder into the hot water and pour coffee into the batter, blend well on low speed for 20 seconds. The batter will be thin, don't worry, that's the way it should be. pour batter into prepared cake pan and bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn it out onto a cooling rack and let cool completely. 

Frosting:

1/4 cup butter, room temp
8oz cream cheese
3 cups powder sugar, sifted
1/2 cup cocoa powder, sifted
1 tsp vanilla extract 

In a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, whip the butter and cream cheese together until creamed. Gradually add powdered sugar to the mixture and scrape down the bowl, once the sugar is fully incorporate, add the cocoa powder and mix until well combined. Add the vanilla and mix well.

To Assemble:

7oz chocolate cookies, finely crushed
12 Tea cookies

Evenly frost the cake (save some buttercream for the tea cookies), generously spread the cookies crumble on top of the cake, decorate the tea cookies with some buttercream (R.I.P) and arrange them on top of the cake.  




14 comments:

  1. This cake look super yummy! Great idea for Halloween! ;)

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  2. This is such a cute idea for Halloween! And that cake just looks amazing and so moist. Thanks for sharing going to give it a pin for my Halloween board.

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  3. Those topper are so cute! What a great cake for Halloween. Love the way you decorated it.

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  4. Your cake looks absolutely delicious! I love the cookie-crumb layer on top.
    Here in Belgium we don't celebrate Halloween, but it must be very fun, especially for the children, I think!

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  5. This cake looks absolutely delicious :) The RIP adds a nice little humorous touch. Perfect for Halloween!

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  6. Oh my kids would love this! And you are not all all to early. My girl has already taped homemade Halloween decorations all over our front windows and the costume making began last weekend too.
    I think we all deserve a tasty chocolatey treat!
    xo
    E

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  7. How fun! I already started to look for a costume as well, will see what do we find this year. xx

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  8. This looks so gooood! Thank you for the idea!

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  10. cool! would love to try this at home on Halloween! thanks for the idea! the kids will surely love this esp the tea cookies with some buttercream! :)

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