Today’s post is an old Sally Westover standby: The Halloween Graveyard Cake! (Sally Westover is my mama.) Growing up my mom made a cake like this almost every year. It was so ingrained in my mind that when I was dating a boy in college with a late October birthday I made him this cake for his birthday. His roommates all thought I was a bit nutty, but they still gobbled it down!
There is no fancy recipe involved here. In fact, I used a box cake mix and canned frosting to make this cake. My little boy asked one afternoon if we could make a cake together, and I thought, “Sure…why not?!” So we threw this bad boy together and invited his little girlfriend and her family over for cake. (Her mama happens to be one of my besties. It worked out well like that.)
Here is what you will need to make this cake:
* a cake (we used a box cake mix and made two round cakes, which we stacked together)
* frosting (again….I was lazy and used canned frosting)
* Milano cookies (or another cookie that looks like a tombstone)
* gel icing
* coconut flakes
* green food coloring
* pumpkin candy corn
This is pretty self-explanatory, and every single step is one that kids can help with! Bake your cake and then allow it to cool. Once the cake has cooled, frost your cake.
Take a small amount of shredded coconut and place it into a small ziploc bag. Add a few drops of green food coloring into the bag. Seal the bag shut and shake like crazy. Now you have “grass.” Set the “grass” aside.
Take a few Milano cookies and use the gel icing to write “RIP” on them. Now push them gently into the cake. Surround them with other “tombstones.” If the cake cracks or breaks around the cookies don’t worry about it. Just stick a candy corn pumpkin on top of the crack in a minute! Clever, right? I love lazy shortcuts and tips!
Once your “tombstones” are placed in the top of your cake scatter the “grass” around the “graveyard.” Finish off the look of your “graveyard” by placing candy corn pumpkins strategically around the cake.
Isn’t it cute?! Did your little one have the BEST time helping you?? Mine did, and here’s proof:
I love that silly little goofball!
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Have a spooooooky day!