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We have arrived back from North Carolina, and it’s been non-stop work! With a week left till Halloween and loads of ideas for spooktacular treats, Caylie and I have decided to do our own countdown to Halloween! Everyday until the 31st, we will be posting recipes for some of our favorite spooky party treats. The first frightfully fun treat on the list – Red Velvet Cake.
Red Velvet Cake was a very popular cake when I had my catering business. I made hundreds of them! They were actually more popular around Christmas than Halloween, but I thought it would be fun to bake them into skulls for Halloween. I’ve tweaked my recipe over the years, and I have finally made this into a such delicious recipe that it’s a definite crowd favorite!
We used both a large skull cake pan and a small skull cakelet pan. When using the large pan, remember that you have to level the backs and glue them together with our delicious Cream Cheese Frosting and let that dry before you move forward. We have done this cake a couple of different ways in the past for Halloween parties. We have just used frosting and covered the entire skull, working in and out of the shapes. And we have covered the entire skull in modeling chocolate – which is pretty cool because then you can paint on it! When we made the small skull cakelets, we decided to just pipe designs on them this year. In the past, we have been know to cover them with ganache. You could also pipe designs on them after covering them in ganache. Another possibility for all of these is a pourable fondant.
About now though, you’ve realized you have extra cake from cutting the backs off the skulls. What to do? Well, we simply crumbled them up and added our cream cheese frosting and made the cutest little cake pops!
But if you’re feeling a little less adventurous, You can always make a standard layer cake. It’s simple to do and with the right decorations, it can be a beautiful Halloween delight! We went with a little more simplistic design. Caylie made modeling chocolate roses and white chocolate skulls and bones. It was stunning with the pops of red against the black!
The best part of Halloween is being able to let your imagination run wild. These 2 pans allow for loads of creativity. The most important part is having fun with it!Print
Red Velvet Cake
Red Velvet Cake is a wonderfully light chocolate flavored cake that looks like anything but chocolate! Cream Cheese Frosting really enhances the flavor.
- Prep Time: 25 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 55 minutes
- Category: Cakes
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups sugar
4 eggs, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbsp. cocoa
1 cup buttermilk
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
2 oz. red food coloring
1 tsp. soda
1tsp. baking powder
1 Tbsp. vinegar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Prepare pans. (We use Baker’s Joy.) If you are using 9″ cake pans instead of decorative pans, you will need 4.)
- Cream butter and sugar.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Mix cocoa with vanilla and enough water to make a paste and add to butter mixture.
- Whisk together flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder, and add to batter alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
- Stir in food coloring.
- Pour into prepared pans and bake for 25-30 minutes for round pans, or until cake tests done. The time will vary with decorative pans depending on the size and shape.
This recipe is enough to fill the large skull cake pan and the small skull cakelet pan.