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Halloween graveyard cake recipe

A chocolate cake that looks like a graveyard? Now that is spooky and the kids will love making this with you. Get them icing the "gravestones" and crushing that "dirt".

Serving Size:

Makes one rectangular cake



For the cake

  • 3 cups (450g) self-raising flour
  • 2 1/2 cups (555g) caster sugar
  • 6 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup (250g) butter, softened and cubed
  • 1 cup (250ml) milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla paste

For the chocolate fudge icing

  • 1/2 cup (115g) caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) milk
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup (125g) butter
  • 2 cups (300g) icing sugar

To decorate:

  • Smarties
  • Oreos
  • writing icing pens
  • figurines (from your toy box)


Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced) and grease and line a 20cm x 30cm rectangular cake tin. Combine all cake ingredients using an electric mixer and beat for 5 minutes. Spoon into prepared cake tin and bake for 30 minutes or until the cake is golden and a skewer comes out clean. Let cool in tin for about 5 minutes before turning out to cool completely on a wire rack.

For the icing, combine all ingredients except the icing sugar in a saucepan on medium heat. Cook, stirring often, for about 3 minutes, or until the butter melts and you have a lovely thick sauce. Remove from heat and set aside to cool completely. Beat in the icing sugar until smooth.

Once the cake is completely cool, spread over the icing. A palate knife makes this much easier, and if the icing feels a bit thick, dip the knife in hot water before smoothing and it will be much easier.

Now to decorate! Let the kids' imaginations run wild with this ... We used Smarties to ‘outline’ each grave, then finely crushed Oreo biscuits to resemble freshly dug graves. Use any little ghoulish toys you have handy, too.


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  • This recipe was created by Sophie Hansen for Kidspot, New Zealand’s best recipe finder: You can follow Sophie on Local is LovelyFacebookTwitter or Pinterest.