(Family Features) Brew up a witch’s cauldron of fun this Halloween with special spooky treats. The Haunted House Cake looks almost too spooky to eat, but this masterpiece will disappear as if by magic. Invite guests to tread through the graveyard of creative chocolatey treats you’ve conjured up with some of your favorite candies.
Haunted House Cake
Prep time: 20 minutes
Decoration time: 40 minutes
Makes: 1 cake
2 cans (16 ounces each) vanilla frosting
orange food coloring
2 frozen pound cakes (16 ounces each), thawed
1 box thin chocolate wafer cookies
1 tube (.68 ounces) black decorating gel
1 bag Twix Fun Size Bars
1 bag M&M’S Milk Chocolate Candies Pumpkin Patch Mix
1 bag M&M’S Peanut Chocolate Candies Pumpkin Patch Mix
In bowl, tint frosting orange using food coloring; set aside.
Spread 1/2 cup frosting on bottom of both pound cakes; press together. Stand cakes vertically on serving plate.
Create pitch of roof by trimming top of one cake at slight angle. Trim other cake at steeper angle to make roof look tipsy.
Completely cover cake with remaining frosting. For roof tiles, break chocolate wafers in half and arrange, overlapping slightly.
Pipe black decorating gel for windows. Add candy bars for door and chimney. Use broken wafer cookies for shutters. Use chocolate candies to outline top of roof and sides of house.
In food processor, grind remaining cookies along with a few candy bars. Spread mixture around base of house for “dirt” and scatter chocolate candies on top.