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Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween Cake


FYI- I am a Halloween Baby! My mother always teased me about her long delivery and ultimate C-section in the wee hours of October 31. She was very upset at the Doctors for not delivering me sooner - like on Oct 30. I, on the other hand, LOVE that my Birthday is on Halloween. When I was a kid, I told every house that it was also my birthday and they would give me extra candy. When I was 9, I had a broken leg and had to gimp around Trick-or-Treating. That was the best Halloween Candy Haul EVER! I even kept on Trick-or-Treating into High School, because, you know, it's my BIRTHDAY!

Now, Halloween is more about by Little Cup's Trick-or-Treating experience. She is quite timid and scared of just about everything, but if you tell her she'll get candy if she walks past the fake ghost, she'll muster up the courage and get her treat! 

So, since the holiday is more for my daughter, I wanted to make a fun Halloween/ Birthday cake for myself and this is what I made.

All Recipes from Better Homes &Garden Cook Book!
Devil's Food Cake
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup shortening
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
Preheat oven to 350 deg F

Combine dry ingredients. Add milk, shortening and vanilla. Mix on low to combine then turn to high for 2 mins. Add eggs and beat for 2 minutes more. Pour into prepared 9 inch round pans cook for 30 -35 minutes.

Yellow Cake
3 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 Tbls baking powder
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 softened butter
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
a few drops of orange food coloring
preheat oven to 375 deg F

Combine dry ingredients. Add milk, shortening and vanilla. Mix on low to combine then turn to high for 2 minutes. Add eggs and coloring and beat for 2 minutes more. Pour into prepared 9 inch round pans cook for 30 -35 minutes.

Frosting 1
4 cups powered sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup butter
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Beat butter and cocoa until fluffy. Gradually add  2 cups powered sugar and slowly add milk and vanilla. Add remaining powered sugar until frosting consistency is reached.

Frosting 2
2 1/2 cups powered sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup butter
3 1/2 tsp boiling water
1/2 tsp vanilla

Combine all ingredients on low speed until combined. Beat for 1 min on med speed.


I knew I was going to have a TON of chocolate frosting on top of the cake and I was not too thrilled with making another batch of frosting and using even MORE confectioner's sugar, so I took some canned frosting and tinted it orange and used that between layers. Please don't judge. 

The chocolate cake was very rich and moist! I liked it a lot!

The vanilla cake was eh. It was a bit dry. Maybe I over cooked it, maybe the food coloring messes with it... I don't know. I'm not sure if I'll make it again. There are so many vanilla recipes to try!


 Frosting one was a crusting buttercream which was very good. I was hoping that frosting two would be fudgy-er, but it was still good. 





WARNING: If you let your 5 year old lick the frosting from the beaters, a Chocolate Zombie may result. Take Caution and be prepared! 




Happy Birthday to ME!
Enjoy :)







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