We are in full-on Halloween mode this week, and I couldn’t be more pleased about. A costume has been decided on, snacks for the scary-movie-marathon-sleepover have been planned, and Elsa from Frozen, and her sister, the friendly Lion (aka my nieces), will be joining us for a pizza dinner before the under 12s head out to do some candy collecting. In other words, Friday night is shaping up to be both a little fun and frightening.
All that’s missing from our celebration is a deadly dessert, and I’m fairly certain this simple coffin cake would fit the bill perfectly. As you can see from the recipe, it comes together lickety-split quick, and if you’re thinking who needs to eat a sweet treat before the kids head out to trick or treat, you’re obviously more rational than I, in which case I say, bake it up and send it into the class for a Halloween party, serve it at your own spooky soiree if you’re planning something fun for this coming Friday night, or have the kids make this themselves at some point this week when they’re bored and looking for a project to sink their teeth into.
- 1 – 9”x 13” chocolate cake (store-bought or homemade)
- 2 cups chocolate frosting
- 6-8 drops black food colouring or gel colouring paste
- Silver dragees or candies
- 2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs
- Gummy worms
- Plastic or candy skeleton heads or bones
- Cardboard tombstone (you can also make one with a cookie, if you like)
- Silver cake board
Place the cake in the freezer for 30 minutes. While the cake is chilling, add the black colouring to the chocolate frosting and mix to combine.
Remove the cake from the freezer and place it on a cutting board. Using a serrated knife, carve away the top corners and sides of the cake to create a coffin shape. Discard the scraps and transfer the cake to the silver cake board.
Position the cake on the board on an angle and ice the top and sides of the cake with the black frosting.
Outline the top of the coffin with silver candies and an "RIP" in the middle of the cake. Scatter the cookie crumbs around the base of the coffin and over the cake board. Press the gummy worms into the “dirt” and distrubute the bones over the surface.
Build up a small pile of the cookie crumbs and insert the tombstone beside the top of the coffin.