Candy Corn Striped Halloween Cake

Candy Corn Striped Halloween Cake

Chocolate Cake.

  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened, special dark cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup boiling water

Cake for Orange, Yellow and White Layers.

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 3/4 cups whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • vanilla, almond and coconut extracts
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup natural coconut
  • orange and yellow food coloring

Preheat the oven to 350 and grease four 8-inch pans with non-stick spray.

 

Chocolate Cake.

In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients.  Add the wet ingredients and whisk vigorously until smooth.  Pour into one pan and bake for 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

 

Orange, Yellow and White Cake Layers.

In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients.  Add the eggs, egg whites, milk, vinegar and oil and whisk until smooth.  Divide equally into three bowls.

Add 1 teaspoon vanilla to one bowl of batter, 1 teaspoon almond extract to another, and 1 teaspoon coconut extract to the third.

To the vanilla batter, add a few drops of yellow food coloring and the chocolate chips.

To the almond batter, add a few drops of orange food coloring.

To the coconut batter, add the natural coconut.

 

Pour into the remaining three pans and bake for 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cool the cakes on wire racks, covered with clean kitchen towels, until completely cool.


Chocolate Buttercream.

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, special dark cocoa powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon meringue powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons milk or cream

Vanilla Buttercream.

  • 3 cups unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4-6 tablespoons milk or cream

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, mix up the buttercreams by slowly mixing the dry ingredients into the butter until combined.  Add the vanilla and milk and whip on medium high for 4-5 minutes until light and fluffy.

For the vanilla buttercream, divide into three bowls.  Tint two of them yellow and orange, and keep the third white.

Assemble and frost the cake in the method described in this post, but use a separate piping bag for each color to keep the stripes clean.


Ganache.

  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 ounces heavy whipping cream

For the ganache, place the chopped chocolate in a bowl.  Warm the cream in a saucepan over medium low heat, just until simmering around the edges, the pour over the chocolate.  Stir until smooth and pour over the cake, letting it drip over the edges.

Let the ganache set for a few minutes, then garnish the cake with candy and sprinkles.

 

Recipe and Design by Curly Girl Kitchen
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