- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup baking cocoa
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
- 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
- 10 drops yellow food coloring
- 6 drops red food coloring
- 3 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
- 5-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 8 drops yellow food coloring
- 6 drops red food coloring
- 3 ounces semisweet chocolate
- 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
- Candy corn for garnish
- In a bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add alternately with milk to creamed mixture. Mix well. Combine cocoa, water and vanilla; stir in 2 cups cake batter.
- Pour into a greased and floured 9-in. round baking pan. Add orange extract, peel and food coloring to remaining batter. Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
- In a bowl, beat all frosting ingredients until smooth. Place one orange cake layer on a cake plate; spread with 1/2 cup frosting. Top with chocolate layer; spread with 1/2 cup frosting. Top with second orange layer. Frost the sides and top of each.
- Microwave chocolate and cream on high 1-1/2 minutes or, stirring once. Stir until smooth; let cool 2 minutes. Slowly pour over cake, letting glaze drizzle down sides. Garnish with candy corn. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Reviews for Halloween Layer Cake
"Would not make. Almost 6 cups of sugar. So who needs that for your health plus all the cream chees? Crazy to have that much sugar in one cake."
"this so good you will see all guest say . give the recipe"
"It's okay but the cake is pretty dry. I used a cream cheese frosting recipe that uses butter and it was delicious. This makes a pretty cake but there are better cake recipes out there. Will not make again."
"Pretty standard orange chocolate cake. It turned out a little dry, but that might just be me :("
"Not as difficult as it looks."
"I would make this recipe again with the following modifications. Double the frosting so that the layers, especially the chocolate layer, aren't' visible. Chill the layers after each addition of frosting to prevent sliding and insert wooden skewers. Some people said this cake was dry, while others thought is tasted like a cream sickle. I'll give it one more try before halloween."
"I made this cake for a dinner with friends. I had no problem with the frosting, but the glaze, although tasty, was more like a glob. Everyone enjoyed it and looked very pretty."
"I used this recipe to make marble cupcakes with the orange & chocolate batters for my daughter's birthday last night. They turned out excellent! The cake, frosting and glaze taste great and had wonderful texture."