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Ghostly 'Boo-Day' Cake

 Ghostly 'Boo-Day' Cake
THIS CREEPY CONFECTION is fast to conjure up...and it's bound to disappear just as quickly! The delicious birthday dessert starts with a homemade chocolate cake kids find hard to resist. For a festive finish, CT's cooks prepared speedy frosting and spread on a ghoulish design with a "Happy Boo-Day" sign.
12-15 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1-3/4 to 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Orange and purple paste or gel food coloring

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Ghostly 'Boo-Day' Cake (continued)


  • In a saucepan, combine the water, butter, shortening and cocoa; cook
  • and stir until butter and shortening are melted. In a large bowl,
  • combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Add the butter
  • mixture; mix well. Add the eggs, buttermilk and vanilla; mix well.
  • Pour into a greased and waxed paper-lined 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in.
  • baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick
  • inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before
  • removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Gently peel off
  • waxed paper. Transfer to a 17-in. x 12-in. covered board.
  • In a saucepan, heat the cream until bubbles begin to form around
  • sides of pan. Remove from the heat; stir in chocolate chips until
  • melted. Place pan in a bowl of ice water; stir constantly until
  • cooled. Gradually whisk in enough confectioners' sugar to achieve
  • spreading consistency. Frost the top and sides of cake.
  • In a small bowl, cream the butter and shortening. Beat in
  • confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth. Place 1/3 cup
  • in a small bowl; tint orange. Place 3 tablespoons in another bowl;
  • tint purple.
  • Trace a ghost pattern. Cut out with a shape knife, trace the ghost on
  • chocolate frosting. Gently spread white frosting in ghost shape.
  • Place orange frosting in a pastry or plastic bag; cut a hole in one
  • corner. Pipe banner on ghost. Cut a hole in corner of another pastry
  • or plastic bag; insert #2 round pastry tip and purple frosting. Pipe
  • "Happy Boo-Day" on banner. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 576 calories, 29 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 75 mg cholesterol, 281 mg sodium, 78 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.