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Red Velvet Halloween Cake

Red Velvet "Grave" Cakes to Die For

The following post was written by Seton R., a member of POPSUGAR Select Food whose recipes for all things sweet can be found on Pixel Whisk.

Halloween is creeping up on us, and it's best to be prepared for the festivities with a spooky treat! If you find yourself with the daunting task of bringing dessert to a Halloween party, a bag of candy corn (although tasty!) is hardly acceptable. But fear not — these simple red velvet "grave" cakes are incredibly easy, giving you more time to spend on all that zombie costume face paint.

I chose a red velvet cake with a cookies and cream buttercream for my "graves" but you could use any cake and frosting combination.

Keep reading for the recipe.

Red Velvet "Grave" Cakes

What you'll need:
Red velvet cake baked in a 9-by-13-inch pan
Cookies and cream frosting (recipe below)
Royal icing (recipe below)
Parchment paper
Piping bags or ziplock bags with the corner snipped off
Crushed chocolate cookies (1 box of Oreos or chocolate Teddy Grahams)

Cookies and cream ingredients:
1/2 stick butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 pound box confectioners' sugar
4 tablespoons milk
1 cup crushed chocolate cookies

Cookies and cream directions:

  1. Beat butter and cream cheese together until light and fluffy.
  2. Add vanilla, salt, sugar, and milk and mix for about a minute; add the crushed cookies and mix on low until combined.
  3. Add more milk if frosting is too thick.

Royal icing ingredients:
3 tablespoons meringue powder (find it at most craft and baking stores)
1 pound box confectioners' sugar
6 tablespoons water
Black gel food coloring (find it at most craft and baking stores)

Royal icing directions:

  1. Beat ingredients together until icing is glossy and soft peaks form.
  2. Remove half of the icing and spoon into a piping bag or ziplock bag with the tip snipped off.
  3. Add black food coloring to the remaining frosting and mix until icing is the desired shade of black.
  4. Spoon into a piping bag or ziplock bag with the tip snipped off.
  5. Pipe spiderwebs, spiders, and bones onto the parchment paper and set aside until icing has hardened completely (about an hour).

Cake assembly directions:

  1. Place the cake onto your work surface and slice in half lengthwise.
  2. Fill the cake with half of the frosting, place the top half of the cake back on, and frost the top of the cake with remaining buttercream.
  3. Cover the top of the cake with the chocolate cookie crumble.
  4. Using a sharp knife, cut the edges off and then divide the cake into 10 smaller rectangles.
  5. Decorate each grave with spiderwebs, spiders, and bones.
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