Three easy Halloween cakes

Halloween is a great holiday for invention, from homemade costumes to decorations and food.  Here are 3 easy desserts that won’t take up much time, but will look impressive.

Kraft's Ghosts in the Graveyard

Kraft’s Ghosts in the Graveyard

Ghosts in the Graveyard

More of a pudding, but looks like a cake.  This is super easy – from kraft.com.

2 boxes (3.9 oz.) Jello Chocolate Instant Pudding
3 C  cold milk
12 oz. Cool Whip, thawed, divided
15 crushed Oreo’s, (about 1-1/2 cups)
 Decorations:  Cameo cookies for tombstones, decorating gel, candy corn and candy pumpkins (or make your own from marzipan).

Beat pudding and milk in a large bowl with whisk 2 min. Let stand 5 min. Stir in 3 cups Cool Whip and half the cookie crumbs. Spread into 13×9-inch dish; sprinkle with remaining crumbs.  Refrigerate 1 hour. Meanwhile, decorate CAMEO Cookies with decorating gel to resemble tombstones.  Insert decorated cookies into top of dessert just before serving. Add candies. Drop large spoonfuls of remaining Cool Whip onto dessert to resemble ghosts.

Martha Stewart Halloween cake stencils

Martha Stewart Halloween cake stencils

Confectioners Sugar Stencils

Martha Stewart sells cake stencils for different holidays, including Halloween, at Michaels and I believe A.C. Moore, but also offers stencils on her website.  Bake chocolate or devil’s food cake rounds and cool.  The stencils should be printed on heavy paper then cut out and placed on top of the cake (trim the top so it lays flat, but flip the cake over so the bottom will be the top of the cake.  The stencil will work better that way.)  All you have to do is sprinkle confectioners sugar with a small sieve over the pattern.  You can do it either way – cut out the picture and sprinkle the sugar inside the pattern, or cut the picture out, place on the cake and sprinkle all around the cake.

Fondant cake

Fondant cake

Fondant

I’ve been watching Cake Boss on Netflix lately and Buddy makes it look so easy!  Not having any decorating experience, I decided to try my hand at decorating a cake using fondant.  How hard could it be?  Although I rolled it too thick (too bad I don’t have that nifty fondant-flattening machine that Buddy has) and I’m not much of an artist, I managed a simple black cat.  If I could do that, you could do better.  I bought the fondant at Michaels and used a regular rolling pin, no fancy tools.  Thinking about it after the fact, it would have looked better if I colored the cake fondant orange.  I would have tried it again, but who’s going to eat all that cake?!?

October 20, 2013

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