Haunted Castle Cake Recipe

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Haunted Castle Cake Recipe
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Need ideas to make this Halloween extra special? This party cake is fun to make with the kids. When you're done you'll have the perfect cake for your dessert table at your Halloween bash. Serve them with the Haunted Forest Cupcakes, and your party will be spookily complete!

What you'll need

  • 2 9-inch cakes (white, yellow, or chocolate)
  • 2 6-inch yellow cakes (white, yellow, or chocolate)
  • 4 cups white decorator icing
  • black food coloring
  • 1 bag white melting chocolate
  • 1 bag regular melting chocolate
  • 24 mini chocolate chips
  • pastry bag or plastic bag
  • Oreo Cookies or other chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 3 - 5 rectangle, fudge-covered cookies (like Keebler Deluxe Grahams)
  • candy rocks (optional)
  • 2 cake cones
  • 3 sugar cones
  • parchment paper
  • 9x13-inch piece of cardboard
  • cake foil
Helpful Tip:

Pair the Haunted Castle Cake and the Haunted Forest Cupcakes, and you'll have a complete haunting Halloween dessert table for your Halloween party.

How to make it

  1. Melt ½ cup of the white melting chocolate according to the package directions.

  2. Use the melted chocolate to make ghosts: Spoon one teaspoon of melted white chocolate onto parchment paper, to make the ghost's head. Pull down on the spoon as you lift it away to trail melted chocolate to form the ghost's body and tail. Repeat the process until you have 5 or 6 ghosts to haunt your castle cake.

  3. Add 2 mini chocolate chips for the eyes, and 1 for the mouth while the chocolate ghosts are still melted. Set the ghosts aside to cool and dry.

  4. Make the tombstones: Add a little of the melted white chocolate to a pastry bag, or a plastic bag with a small hole cut in the tip or corner. Use the white chocolate to pipe "RIP" on one end of the graham cookies. Set them aside to cool and harden.

  5. Melt the rest of the bag of white chocolates according to the package directions, and add back in any leftover chocolate from making the ghosts. Once the chocolate has melted, add a little black food coloring to make the melted chocolate gray.

  6. Dip 2 cake cones in the melted gray chocolate to coat the outside of the cone, set them aside with open end down to cool and harden.

  7. Add a little more black food coloring to the remaining chocolate to make it a darker gray, and dip 3 of the sugar cones in the darker gray icing to coat the outside. Set the cones aside with the open end down to cool and harden.

  8. Cover the piece of cardboard with cake foil, and tape it down.

  9. Color the white decorator icing gray by adding a little black food color to it, until it is a light to medium shade of gray.

  10. Level the tops of all 4 cakes using a serrated knife.

  11. Spread a little gray decorator icing in the center of the cake board, and set one of the 9-inch cakes on top, cut side down.

  12. Spread gray icing onto the cake; then, and the second 9-inch cake on top.

  13. Spread icing on top of the second 9-inch cake; then, add one of the 6-inch cakes on top of that, and repeat the process to add the final 6 inch cake to the top.

  14. Spread a thin layer of gray icing over the outside of the whole cake, and set the cake aside for a few minutes to let the icing dry and harden to seal in the crumbs.

  15. Once the cake has had a few minutes to dry add a second thicker layer of gray icing to the whole cake.

  16. Let the icing dry for 15 to 20 minutes, then use a piece of parchment paper to smooth out the rough spots in the icing. You can leave the cake a little rough, it will just add to a stucco appearance for the castle.

  17. Add the cones to the top of the cake to make towers and a roof.

  18. a.Add the cake cones to the top of the cake side by side, upside down, and slide the chocolate covered sugar cones on top.

  19. b.Just add a sugar cone to make the tower roof on top of the bottom layer

  20. Melt ½ cup of the regular brown melting chocolate according to the package directions, and once melted, add it to a pastry bag with a small hole in the end, or to a plastic bag with a small hole cut in the corner.

  21. Use the melted brown chocolate to pipe windows and a door onto the cake. You can also add some smaller windows to the cone towers. The windows don't have to be perfectly straight, since you're creating an old haunted castle look. If things look a little lopsided and off center, that just adds to the design of the cake.

  22. Once the windows and door have cooled and hardened, melt a little left over white chocolate, and use it as a glue to attach the ghosts around the cake. Just put the ghosts wherever you want them; they can come out of the windows or towers, if you like. Attach the ghosts by spreading a little melted chocolate on the backs, and pressing them gently into the side of the cake.

  23. Spread a little leftover gray icing onto the cake board around the cake. Make a couple mounds of icing in one corner, use the mounds to insert the cookie tombstones.

  24. Crush up ½ bag of Oreos, or other chocolate sandwich cookies, and sprinkle them around the cake to look like dirt.

  25. You can also add a walkway made of candy rocks in front of the castle door, and around your tombstones for graves, but if you don't have them just add more crushed cookies.

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