Devil's Food Graveyard Cake

Here's an easy to make, spooky graveyard cake for Halloween - or anytime you fancy a wickedly chocolatey cake!

Here's an easy to make, spooky graveyard cake for Halloween - or anytime you fancy a wickedly chocolatey cake!   Baking time: 20 mins Ingredients | Serves 10 For the Devil’s food cake:
  • 100g soft unsalted butter
  • 230g soft dark brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 230g self-raising flour
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 250ml soured cream
For the chocolate icing:
  • 300g dark chocolate
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 200ml soured cream
Alternate white chocolate icing:
  • 300g white chocolate
  • 200ml soured cream
For the graveyard decoration:
  • 2 x 125g Cadbury's Bourneville dark chocolate fingers
  • 3 x Nice biscuits
  • 1 tube black writing icing
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C/160˚C fan/gas mark 4 and prepare 2 x standard sandwich tins by lining with non-stick baking paper.
  2. Place the butter, sugar, eggs, flour and cocoa powder in a mixing bowl and beat together until smooth. Fold in the soured cream and then spoon the mixture into the sandwich tins, alternatively transfer the mixture to a piping bag to give more control when filling the tins. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 mins or until well risen and firm to the touch. Once cooked, remove from the tin and allow to cool completely on a cooling rack before decorating.
  3. To make the icing, place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of boiling water until melted. Take the chocolate off the heat and allow to cool slightly before whisking in the caster sugar and soured cream until smooth. If your icing is a little soft put in the fridge for a few mins to thicken. Spread the icing over one half of the cake and sandwich together. Use the remaining icing to completely cover the top and sides of the cake. You can do this while it is still on the cooling rack and then transfer it to your serving plate. The top can then be covered in chocolate shavings and served or made into a grave yard. To decorate as a graveyard, use chocolate fingers to create the look of a rickety fence by breaking them into odd lengths and sticking them around the sides of the cake. Using black icing, decorate your Nice biscuit grave stones with names or words, and gently push them into the top of the cake. Use chocolate sprinkles as pebbles and stones.
TIP: * This cake is best stored in an airtight box. Un-iced cakes are suitable for freezing in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
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