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Boo-tiful Halloween Cake

Topped with sweet ghosts and ganache, no one will be afraid to eat this Boo-tiful Halloween Cake!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Boo-tiful Halloween Cake, Halloween Cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 29 minutes
Total Time 39 minutes
Servings 8
Author Amanda Rettke-iambaker.net

Ingredients

RED VELVET CAKE

  • 1 cup (240g) buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. McCormick vanilla
  • 1 tsp. vinegar
  • 1 oz red food color
  • 2 cups (450g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cups (224g) vegetable oil, or olive oil
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups (320g) cake flour
  • 1/4 cup (32g) good quality cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

GANACHE

  • 16 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 12 ounces heavy cream

FROSTING

  • 2 sticks butter, unsalted
  • 2 cups (250g) powdered sugar
  • 1 (7oz) jar marshmallow fluff
  • 2 teaspoons clear vanilla extract

Instructions

RED VELVET CAKE

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Prepare three 8-inch round baking pans by spraying with baking and lining with parchment or spreading GOOP and lining with parchment.
  2. In a 2 cup measuring cup (or medium bowl) pour buttermilk.
  3. Add the vanilla, vinegar, and red food color to buttermilk and whisk to fully combine. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl add sugar, oil, and eggs and whisk together by hand until it is smooth and light yellow.
  5. Add cake flour, cocoa, and baking powder to the sugar mixture and whisk until just combined.
  6. Now add the buttermilk mixture and whisk until just combined. You do not want any lumps, but I do recommend being gentle with this batter.
  7. Pour about 1 3/4 cup batter into each pan and bake for 22-32 minutes. When using my convection oven I will bake these at 325°F for 22 minutes. The cake is done when it does not appear wet on the top and if you press your finger gently in the center of the cake it feels firm.
  8. Allow to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes, then invert onto a cooling rack. Chill cakes until ready to assemble.

GANACHE

  1. Chop chocolate into fine chips (or use a bag of chips) place in heat-safe bowl.
  2. Heat cream to a soft rolling boil then pour over chocolate.
  3. Stir and cover with saran wrap. Let sit anywhere from 1 hour to overnight.

FROSTING

  1. In a bowl, add room temp. butter and sugar together. Mix until fluffy.
  2. Add marshmallow and vanilla, and mix well.