Halloween graveyard cake

Halloween graveyard cake


Makes one rectangular cake


For the cake

  • 3 cups (450g) self-raising flour
  • 2 1/2 cups (555g) caster sugar
  • 6 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup (250g) butter, softened and cubed
  • 1 cup (250ml) milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla paste

For the chocolate fudge icing

  • 1/2 cup (115g) caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) milk
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup (125g) butter
  • 2 cups (300g) icing sugar

To decorate:

  • Smarties
  • Oreos
  • writing icing pens
  • figurines (from your toy box)


Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced) and grease and line a 20cm x 30cm rectangular cake tin. Combine all cake ingredients using an electric mixer and beat for 5 minutes. Spoon into prepared cake tin and bake for 30 minutes or until the cake is golden and a skewer comes out clean. Let cool in tin for about 5 minutes before turning out to cool completely on a wire rack.

For the icing, combine all ingredients except the icing sugar in a saucepan on medium heat. Cook, stirring often, for about 3 minutes, or until the butter melts and you have a lovely thick sauce. Remove from heat and set aside to cool completely. Beat in the icing sugar until smooth.

Once the cake is completely cool, spread over the icing. A palate knife makes this much easier, and if the icing feels a bit thick, dip the knife in hot water before smoothing and it will be much easier.

Now to decorate! Let the kids' imaginations run wild with this … We used Smarties to ‘outline’ each grave, then finely crushed Oreo biscuits to resemble freshly dug graves. Use any little ghoulish toys you have handy, too.

Serving Suggestions


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  • This recipe was created by Sophie Hansen for Kidspot, New Zealand’s best recipe finder: You can follow Sophie on Local is LovelyFacebookTwitter or Pinterest.

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