Sometimes the best looking cakes are the ones that are the easiest to make. In a bind for Halloween and haven't ordered a cake or just really don't have the time to back one from scratch? Make a Halloween coffin cake. Not only would it look great on a table next to your coffin cooler (see instructions here) but there's no cooking involved. All you need is a ready made pound cake and a few extra items and your coffin cake is good to go.
1 frozen pound cake, thawed
1 can of chocolate frosting
Chocolate graham cracker crumbs
White chocolate + skeleton candy mold or you may be able to find candy skeletons already made at places like Target or Walmart
Piping gel or icing
You will need to make your white chocolate skeletons ahead of time so they have time to set up in the refrigerator. Simply melt your chocolate using a double boiler and use a spoon to place the chocolate inside the mold. Tap out air bubbles and shave off any excess chocolate from the mold using the flat side of a knife. Refrigerate until chocolate is hardened – about 30 minutes.
To make the coffin, cut off the top third of the pound cake for the lid. With the top still in place you can give your cake the shape of a coffin by cutting a thin diagonal slice off each side near the top, and then taper down to the bottom. See picture for the tapered effect.
Next, set the lid aside and begin frosting the cake as usual. Save some frosting and place in a piping bag to create a border around the perimeter of the coffin.
Place the coffin on a dish and surround it with the chocolate crumbs for ‘dirt.’ You can also place some inside the coffin where the skeleton will lay. You can now place your white chocolate candy skeleton in the coffin and write RIP on the lid using decorator gel or frosting.
How easy is that?
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