Halloween Chocolate Cake

Details

Time
5 hours
Skill Level
Expert
Yields
1 cake

Decorate this rich HERSHEY'S Cocoa chocolate cake with a homemade orange frosting this Halloween. Adding a chocolate covered ice cream cone and some extra green icing makes the final result look like a pumpkin!

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
1 hour 30 minutes
Bake Time
50 minutes
Cool Time
2 hours 10 minutes
Chill Time
30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1

    HERSHEY'S Milk Chocolate Bar (6 oz), broken into pieces

  • 1/2 cup

    butter or margarine (1 stick), softened

  • 1 cup

    water boiling

  • 2 cups

    all-purpose flour

  • 1-1/2 cups

    sugar

  • 1/2 cup
  • 1 tsp

    vanilla extract

  • 2 tsps

    baking soda

  • 1 tsp

    salt

  • 2

    eggs

  • 1/2 cup

    dairy sour cream

  • Chocolate Coated Ice Cream Cone

  • 1 cup

    HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Mildly Sweet Chocolate Chips or HERSHEY'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

  • 1 Tbsp

    shortening (do NOT use butter, margarine, spread or oil)

  • Orange Frosting

  • 1/3 cup

    butter or margarine

  • 2 cups

    powdered sugar

  • 2 tsps

    freshly grated orange peel

  • 1-1/2 tsps

    vanilla extract

  • 2 to 4 Tbsps

    hot water

  • few drops

    yellow and red food color

  • Decorator's Frosting

  • 3 Tbsps

    water

  • 1 Tbsp

    meringue powder

  • 1-1/2 cups

    sugar

  • 1/8 tsp

    vanilla extract

READY TO MAKE THE RECIPE?

Step-By-Step Directions

Equipment Needed 

12-cup fluted tube pan
12-cup fluted tube pan
bowls
bowls
mixer
mixer
wire rack
wire rack
pastry bag
pastry bag
leaf decorating tip
leaf decorating tip
refrigerator
refrigerator
microwave
microwave
1

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 12-cup fluted tube pan.

2

Stir together chocolate bar pieces, butter and water in medium bowl until chocolate is melted. Stir together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt in large bowl; gradually add butter mixture, beating until well blended. Add eggs, sour cream and vanilla; beat on medium speed 1 minute. Pour batter into prepared pan.

3

Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely. Meanwhile, prepare Chocolate Coated Ice Cream Cone. Drizzle Orange Frosting over cake. Place ice cream cone into center of cake for pumpkin stem. Using leaf decorating tip, pipe leaves onto 'pumpkin' with Decorator's Frosting.

Chocolate Coated Ice Cream Cone:

Place 1 cup HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Chocolate Chips or HERSHEY'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips and 1 tablespoon shortening (do not use butter, margarine, spread or oil) in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at Medium (50%) 1 minute; stir. If necessary, microwave at Medium an additional 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, just until chips are melted and mixture is smooth when stirred. Spoon melted chocolate over outside of flat-bottom ice cream cone. Refrigerate until chocolate is firm, about 30 minutes.

Orange Frosting:

Place 1/3 cup butter or margarine in microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at Medium (50%) 1 minute or until melted. Stir in 2 cups powdered sugar, 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange peel and 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Stir in 2 to 4 tablespoons hot water for desired consistency. Stir in red and yellow food color for desired color.

Decorator's Frosting:

Combine 3 tablespoons water and 1 tablespoon meringue powder in small bowl. Add 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar and 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract; beat on high speed of mixer until stiff. Stir in green food color for desired color.

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