Haunted Tree Halloween Cake

Details

Time
3 hours
Skill Level
Intermediate
Yields
1 cake

This spooky Halloween cake frosted with orange-colored vanilla icing and REESE’S Peanut Butter Cups Minis is sure to be a treat. Slice up and serve this chocolate cake at any costume party or monster bash.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
50 minutes
Bake Time
34 minutes
Cool Time
1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups

    sugar

  • 1-3/4 cups

    all-purpose flour

  • 3/4 cup
  • 1-1/2 tsps

    baking powder

  • 1-1/2 tsps

    baking soda

  • 1 tsp

    salt

  • 2

    eggs

  • 1 cup

    milk

  • 1/2 cup

    vegetable oil

  • 2 tsps

    vanilla extract

  • 1 cup

    boiling water

  • 2 cans

    vanilla ready-to-spread frosting or your favorite homemade vanilla frosting, divided

  • red and yellow food coloring

  • 1-1/3 cups

    REESE'S Peanut Butter Cups Minis (8 oz pkg.), divided

  • 5 to 6 tsps

    HERSHEY'S Cocoa or HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa

READY TO MAKE THE RECIPE?

Step-By-Step Directions

Equipment Needed 

oven
oven
baking pans
9-inch round pans
bowl
bowl
mixer
mixer
measuring cup
measuring cups
rubber scraper
rubber scraper
wire rack
wire rack
chef hat
food storage bag
1

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.

2

Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.

3

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire rack. Cool completely.

4

Set aside 1/2 cup frosting. Tint remaining frosting to desired shade of orange with red and yellow food color.

5

Coarsely chop 1 cup mini peanut butter cups; set aside. Place first cake layer on serving plate; frost top of layer with about 3/4 cup frosting. Top with chopped peanut butter cups. Add second cake layer; complete frosting cake.

6

Add cocoa to reserved frosting; place in heavy duty (freezer) resealable food storage bag. Cut off tip of bag about 1/4 inch from one corner. Draw leafless tree and branches onto top of cake by piping chocolate frosting in desired design. Add remaining mini peanut butter cups as few remaining leaves on tree and as leaves that have already fallen to the ground. Makes 12 servings.

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