Day 234: Haunted House Cake

Happy Halloween everyone! Since most of us can't go out trick-or-treating, I spent the afternoon baking this cake!

It's a classic vanilla cake with chocolate buttercream, and a delicious way to celebrate Halloween! There are a lot of components for this cake.

1. You'll have to make a LOT of cake. You'll need enough to make the large rectangle, so don't half the recipe!

2. Chocolate Frosting, I know 3 sticks of butter is a lot, but since you have so much cake, you need enough frosting! 3. The roof is actually rice krispies. I found they were the easiest to mold. I was originally going to do cake as the roof, but that's really hard to mold into a roof, so in the end I just used rice krispies. You'll also use mini Twix bars as the roofing. You can use other candies that have similar shapes, such as Kit Kats.

4. I made little caramel shards for a little bar around the top of the house. If you want, you can stack Twix bars to make a wall. 5. Decorations! You'll need a lot of fondant, and you can buy that ready-made. You'll dye it and shape it into different things.

Don't be intimidated by the long recipe! Once you break it down it will become really simple. It does take time, but it will be worth it!!!

|Level: 🎃🎃🎃|Time: 2-3 hours| Serves: 8|

RECIPE: INGREDIENTS:

Vanilla Cake:

  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened

  • 1/4 cup oil

  • 1 cup milk

  • 3 eggs

Chocolate Frosting:

  • 3 cups powdered sugar

  • 1 cup cocoa powder

  • 3 stick unsalted butter

  • 3-4 tablespoon milk

Rice Krispy:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter

  • 3 1/2 cups mini marshmallows

  • 3 cups rice krispies

Caramel:

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

Decorations:

  • 3/4 cup fondant

  • 15 Twix bars

STEPS:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13" casserole pan with baking spray. In a stand mixer mix your flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and butter together. In a small bowl whisk your eggs, oil, milk and pour into a stand mixer. Beat on high until smooth and creamy (about 30 seconds). Pour into prepared pans, and bake for 45-50 minutes. Cool, and cut into 4 layers.

  2. While your cakes are cooling, make your caramel. In a saucepan cook (over medium-high heat) your sugar and water until golden brown. Don't stir your caramel or else it will crystalize. Instead just gently move the pan around the stove. The cooking time for me takes about 2-3 minutes. Pour onto a pan covered with parchment paper and set aside to cool.

  3. In a pot melt your butter. Pour in your marshmallows and stir until your marshmallows are fully melted. Stir your rice krispies into the mix and turn off the heat. Let your rice krispie treat cool for two minutes and then mold into a roof like shape, it doesn't have to be perfect!

  4. Take your fondant and separate it into 3 bowls. Dye one yellow, one grey or black and keep one white. With your yellow make two strips and write "Caution" with an edible marker. Mold 1/2 your grey fondant section, into a little square and the other 1/2 into a small circle. Use 1/2 of your white section a 4x2" rectangle. Make a little ghost shape with the last section of fondant.

  5. Finally make your frosting, cream your butter, sugar, cocoa powder together in an electric mixer. Pour in milk and whip on high for two minutes, or until you get a nice frosting-like constancy.

  6. Set aside 3/4 of your frosting for the exterior of the house. Frost all your cake layers with the remaining 1/4 frosting. Next, do a thin layer of frosting all around your cake. Place your rice krispie roof on one side of your cake. Cover it with frosting and Twix bars. Put your fondant decorations according to the image below. Cut your caramel shards (they will be different shapes, and stick them to make a wall. Cut a slice and enjoy your Halloween!

Enjoy!

- The Bored Baker 👩🏽‍🍳

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