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Spooky Halloween Chocolate Cake with Merengue Ghosts Recipe

Spooky Halloween Chocolate Cake with Merengue Ghosts Recipe

Don't be afraid of this spooky cake! The preparation can be a little bit intimidating, but there's big payoff in flavor and thrilling Halloween drama. We picked cream cheese frosting, but you can use your favorite - buttercream, ganache, etc. The ghosts made with Italian meringue are perfect for kids, since the egg is fully cooked and safe.

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Yield: 1 cake

Spooky Halloween Chocolate Cake with Merengue Ghosts Recipe Instructions

For the Cake
  • 1 Simple Chocolate Cake Recipe

For the Frosting
  • 1 and ½ cup soft cream cheese
  • ½ cup butter at room temperature
  • 3 and ¼ cups icing sugar
  • ¼ cup cacao powder
  • 1 tsp black food coloring

For the Italian Meringue
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 water
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar

For the Chocolate Ghost Eyes
  • 4 tbsp. melted dark chocolate in a small pastry bag at room temperature

Directions for Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. Beat the cream cheese in a bowl with a rubber spatula.
  2. Fold in the butter.
  3. Combine the icing sugar with the cacao powder and the food coloring. Add this mix in batches into the cream cheese until you get a creamy frosting and reserve it in the fridge in an airtight container

Directions for Italian Meringue
  1. Place the sugar and water into a small saucepan over medium-high heat and let it boil until it turns into a syrup. It's ready when it reaches 240 F in a candy thermometer. If you don't have a candy thermometer, you can test that the syrup is ready using a glass of water. After 5 minutes boiling drop a small bit of syrup in the water; it it beads into a ball it's ready, if it dissolves, keep boiling.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk the egg whites and cream of tartar to stiff peaks using a stand mixed with whisk attachment. Keep whisking and and slowly pour the syrup, and continue whisking until you get a stiff meringue. Put it in a pastry bag fitted with a piping round nozzle. Keep it in the fridge - you'll have a lot leftover!

Directions for Cake Assembly
  1. Put one cake on a cake plate. Cover with 5 or 6 tbsp of frosting, then place the second cake on top and spread around the entire cake so it's black.
  2. Take the pastry bag with meringue and pipe it to form the ghosts on the cake surface.
  3. With small chocolate pastry bag draw the eyes on ghosts.

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