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Tuesday
Oct182011

Chocolate Fudge Cake with Ghost Meringues

Chocolate Fudge Cake with Ghost Meringues

When the house on the corner of my street pulls out the pumpkins, inflatable Frankenstein, huge tree-covering spiderwebs, and plastic black cats, I know that Halloween is on its way. It's like clockwork. Every year in mid October, the home suddenly becomes a haunted house—eerie lights, creepy noises, and all. I have to admire their fervor, even I don't share the same level of enthusiasm for All Hallow's Eve.

Chocolate Fudge Cake with Ghost Meringues Chocolate Fudge Cake with Ghost Meringues

Trick or Treating was easily my favorite part of Halloween (and it's a shame I'm about ten years too old for it). I didn't care for dressing up or even the candy (gasp), it was the simple act of going from house to house that kept me coming back. I looked forward to the anticipation of what awaited on the other side of the door. Snickers? Twix bars? A sneak peek into the lives on my neighbors? I loved it all.

My younger sister and I always fought over who got to ring the doorbell. Arguably my favorite part of Halloween, my sister liked to run up to the door and ring it before me. I imagine it was simply to spite me because that's what younger sisters do. This is all speculation, of course, but I'm certain she wasn't born with the same doorbell ringing affinity as I was. I mean, what are the odds?

Chocolate Fudge Cake with Ghost Meringues Chocolate Fudge Cake with Ghost Meringues Chocolate Fudge Cake with Ghost Meringues

At the end of the evening, my family would gather in the living room, the candy buckets would be overturned, and we'd all ooh and ahh over our loot. Then the sorting began. There was very little candy my sister and I actually liked (we were unusual children) and we'd go through our buckets and pick out what we considered edible (like peanut butter cups). I think my father liked this part most of all because he ended up with the bulk of the candy all to himself. Trick or Treating was as much for my father as it was for us.

What is your favorite part of Halloween?

Chocolate Fudge Cake with Ghost Meringues

This Chocolate Fudge Cake with Ghost Meringues is a festive Halloween treat. The cake itself is rich, dark, fudgy, and filled with sticks-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth goodness. It features a chocolate cake covered in a thick chocolate fudge frosting with a little chocolate ganache to glaze the top. In other words, this cake means business. If you love chocolate, this is your cake. I thought the ghost meringues were a cute accessory to such a decadent cake and make this cake a fun addition to any Halloween party.

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Chocolate Fudge Cake with Ghost Meringues

Yields 2 8-inch cake layers

Chocolate Cake
Adapted from Sweetapolita

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup strong black coffee (or 1 heaping tablespoon espresso powder dissolved in 1 cup water)
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Grease baking pans.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add the eggs, coffee, buttermilk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract and beat until well combined. Batter will be runny.

Divide batter evenly between baking pans and bake for 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean with a few crumbs. Cool cakes to room temperature before frosting or glazing.

Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Yields about 3 cups

3 cups semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
12 tablespoons (6 ounces or 1 1/2 sticks) salted butter

In a medium saucepan, melt together chocolate chips and butter, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat and allow to sit for 3-5 minutes before frosting the cake.

Chocolate Ganache
6 ounces (about 1 cup) dark chocolate chips
1 cup heavy cream

In a small saucepan, melt the chocolate chips and heavy cream, stirring until smooth. Allow to sit for 10 minutes, before pouring a large spoonful of ganache on top the cake and smoothing until it just barely goes over the edge and drips down the side. Add more ganache if necessary.

Ghost Meringues
Inspired by Skinny Taste

3 egg whites
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 175 degrees F (80 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a double boiler, stir together egg whites and sugar for 2-3 minutes, or until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and place in large mixing bowl. Add vanilla extract and beat egg whites on high until stiff peaks form.

Place meringue in pastry bag (or plastic baggie with the corner cut off) and pipe ghost shaped meringues directly onto prepared baking sheet. Place chocolate chips for eyes and mouth. Bake for 90 minutes to dry out the meringues. Once cool, place ghosts on cake, cupcakes, or just eat them all by themselves.

Reader Comments (22)

this is so cute!
10.18.2011 | Unregistered Commenteronceinabluemoon
Oh your meringue ghosts are SO adorable!!! And the chocolate fudge cake looks absolutely decadent.
This is absolutely adorable. I stumbled upon your blog yesterday and I absolutely love it. Thank you for all the recipes! :]
10.18.2011 | Unregistered CommenterChau
HOW cute is this?!?!
these are ADORABLE! don't even like meringue that much and i have to make it!
teehee! I love those little ghost meringues! So cute (and tasty too, I bet)
This looks like one of the best chocolate fudge cakes I've ever seen! And love the cute little ghosts on top :-) My favourite part of Halloween when I was little was always trick or treating - I loved dressing up but my favourite part was always emptying out my loot at the end of the evening and having a midnight feast with friends.
10.19.2011 | Unregistered Commenterthelittleloaf
I've been drooling over your posts for quite some time. I've even been tempted to lick to computer screen to taste your gorgeous food.

These little meringues are adorable and will be perfect for my book club tonight. We are reading Supernaturally by Kiersten White.

Thank you for all of your beautiful & delicious posts!
10.19.2011 | Unregistered CommenterStefani
This is SO cute. I wanna make fun cakes all the time, but I'm always worried I'm going to consume the whole thing if I do... :)
love it!
10.19.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan
Jennifer-- Oh, it is decadent. Especially if you are a chocoholic like me. :)

Chau-- Thank you! I'm happy you stopped by!

The Little Loaf-- Dumping out the candy is the best part. Eyeing the pile of candy standing before you for the first time... it's epic. Especially when you're 8. Or, you know, an adult.

Stefani-- Thank you! I hope these turn out well for your book club!

Laura-- That's why I steal a piece and give the rest away before I can have second thoughts. I get cake, not toooo many extra calories, and share the cake love. Or... sometimes I double the batch and pretend like I didn't. Secret cake for meeeee. Shh. Don't tell anyone.
10.19.2011 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
I came across your blog a few weeks ago, and I really liked the look of it, so I favortied it, intending to relook at it. A few days ago, I finally got a chance to look and after reading the newst post, I bit the bullet and hit the "follow blog" button. You have a wonderful blog and all of your pictures are stunning. Like the pictures of this marvelous looking cake. When I first saw the picture I wanted a huge slice for myself. This looks like the most chocolateyest and moistest cake ever. And the fudge frosting looks devine.
10.19.2011 | Unregistered CommenterBecca
I love, love, love this!! So fun!
10.20.2011 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara
No offense, but this looks like a poor replica of this cake:

http://iammommy.typepad.com/i_am_baker/2010/10/boo-tiful-halloween-cake.html

if you got your idea from here, you really should quote her blog. I also will be trying to make it this Halloween for a party, but wont claim to have come up with the idea.
10.20.2011 | Unregistered Commenterlauren
Becca-- Happy to have you here! This cake really is a chocolate lover's dream. :)

Lauren-- Actually, I did not copy I Am Baker's cake. This cake is my own original idea. I was first introduced to both of Amanda's ghost cakes when she posted her most recent one a few days ago, the day AFTER I photographed this particular ghost cake (you can check the time stamp on my photographs if you are still in doubt). We just happened to have similar ideas (and most food blogger can attest to this happening at some point). I don't appreciate the insult, however, as I make it a point to cite my sources when credit towards them is due, inspiration or otherwise.
10.20.2011 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
oh my god this is the most adorably delicious looking cake ever! :D
on a similar note, i absolutely love your blog - keep up the fantastic work :)
10.23.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCindy
Hi Foodie, Your Chocolate Fudge Cake with Ghost Meringues recipe has been selected to be featured in a Recipe Guessing Game. Please share the following link with your friends and fans. To play, go here: http://knapkins.com/guess_games/146?source=blog Congrats again!! :)
11.2.2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristine
It looks delicious!! One question though... is it two layers or three?? I can't tell!!
11.15.2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachel
Rachel-- I baked a 3" inch high cake out of the batter for a two layer cake and just cut it into 3 layers. But traditionally speaking, the batter intends for this to be a 2 layer cake.
11.17.2011 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
Just found this recipe via pinterest. those ghosts look adorable, this cake is genius! i absolutely need one piece right now!!!
07.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmil
Hello, I tried this cake today. The cake cracked and was too dry. ): Any suggestions?
09.14.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSivashankari
keep me posted
01.19.2013 | Unregistered Commenterchandra fernandes

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