Halloween Layer Cake Recipe
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Halloween Layer Cake Recipe

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There's nothing "scary" about this cake. I make it every Halloween for my husband, Mike, and our three children. —Karen Wirth, Tavistock, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 12-16 servings

Ingredients

  • 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 McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Orange Extract
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 10 drops yellow food coloring
  • 6 drops red food coloring
  • FROSTING:
  • 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
  • GLAZE:
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Candy corn for garnish

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 529 calories, 18 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 99 mg cholesterol, 307 mg sodium, 89 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
Originally published as Halloween Layer Cake in Taste of Home October/November 1996, p12

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 529 calories, 18 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 99 mg cholesterol, 307 mg sodium, 89 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.

Reviews for Halloween Layer Cake

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Reviewed Oct. 24, 2014

"this so good you will see all guest say . give the recipe"

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Reviewed Oct. 21, 2014

"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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2014

"Pretty standard orange chocolate cake. It turned out a little dry, but that might just be me :("

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2013

"Great cake!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2013

"Not as difficult as it looks."

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