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Coffin Cake ~ Happy Halloween!

Oct 31, 2013         4 comments.

This Coffin Cake is a fancy chocolate truffle frosting filled treat to serve to your guests on Halloween!

Chocolate Coffin Cake for Halloween Recipe

Happy Halloween folks!

I just spent the last month dreaming of how I’d spook people on this day. I zeroed in on making weird or scary shaped treats for them as that’s what I’m good at! So be it my weird Snake Sandwich or Bone breadsticks, I did it with the single aim of freaking people out through food.

But you know what? There’s a real-looking faux snake hiding in my brother’s closet. I don’t know how it got there! 😛

Chocolate Coffin Cake for Halloween Recipe

I like to call this the return of the Chocolate Truffle Frosting – part 100!

I got a little crazy with the truffle frosting there. I’ve made truffle so many times, I’ve lost count. Seriously. I’ve lost count of the number of pounds that have been sneakily piling up on my love handles. But mostly, I’ve lost count of the number of smiles I’ve put on peoples’ faces when they have a slice of the treat.

Too much? 😉

Chocolate Coffin Cake for Halloween Recipe

It’s true. People love this. Give them a chocolate sponge cake slathered with some chocolate ganache and they can’t stop licking their fingers. And take the extra minute to carve out a simple Coffin looking shape for Halloween and I guarantee it – you’ll be THE host / hostess of the year!

This isn’t hard to make at all. Once you have your chocolate sponge and frosting ready, it is just a matter of following a template. You can draw out the template and cut it out if you aren’t confident of cutting correctly. Use this template to trace and cut the cake layers. ( Obviously you’re cake will be bigger. Please make sure to draw a bigger size on paper like this one)

Coffin Cake Template

Chocolate Coffin Cake Recipe for Halloween

Start off by baking two sheets of chocolate sponge cake on a baking pan (use 7X11 or 9X13 – anything rectangular). You can use your favorite recipe for chocolate cake. I used my all time favorite chocolate sponge cake recipe (full recipe given in printable version)
chocolate Coffin Cake for Halloween recipe

Let the cake layers cool completely. If you have two baking pans of same size, you can also bake simultaneously. OR if you are good at cutting layers, then bake the cake as one and cut horizontally into two layers
chocolate Coffin Cake for Halloween recipe

Placed all layers together and cut the cake to look like a coffin. Use the template or do it free hand if you’re confident.
chocolate Coffin Cake for Halloween recipe

Although not perfect, here’s how mine shaped up.
chocolate Coffin Cake for Halloween recipe

For the fillings, you can simply choose to fill more frosting. Or you could just bake one big cake and cut it like a coffin and frost the outside (no layers). Or you could leave the coffin opened (as shown in picture below) and place a skeleton treat on bottom layer. It’s your choice.
chocolate Coffin Cake for Halloween recipe

For filling & frosting, I used my ganache (but add another cup of chocolate to get a thick truffle frosting). I’d suggest you make this with dark chocolate to get a nice effect of Halloween! 🙂
chocolate Coffin Cake for Halloween recipe

Apply a nice dollop of frosting  on the bottom layer and spread it.
chocolate Coffin Cake for Halloween recipe

Scatter nuts, chocolate chips, candies, cookies, marshmallows and any other treat that you can think of on top of the base layer. (Alternatively, if you have the patience to make a large gingerbread man, you could place that in here as well.)
chocolate Coffin Cake for Halloween recipe

I microwaved for 1 minute to toast the nuts, melt the marshmallows. Or you can place the plate in a HOT (but switched off) oven and let that heat do its job. That would take about 5 minutes. (Skip if you like raw marshmallows)
chocolate Coffin Cake for Halloween recipe

Once that is done, just swirl around the treats to distribute everything evenly (optional, advisable if using marshmallows)
chocolate Coffin Cake for Halloween recipe

Place another layer on top and press.
chocolate Coffin Cake for Halloween recipe

Frost the entire cake with dark chocolate truffle frosting (or your favorite chocolate frosting). Use chocolate sprinkles or leftover cake crumbs to decorate the sides
chocolate Coffin Cake for Halloween recipe

Use Whipped Cream / Vanilla Buttercream / Sugar Frosting to make a PLUS sign on the coffin. I simply used some leftover vanilla pudding. Not ideal, but I wasn’t gonna make lots of frosting just for a small sign! 😛
chocolate Coffin Cake for Halloween recipe

Clean the sides and refrigerate until you want to serve.
chocolate Coffin Cake for Halloween recipe

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Coffin Cake ~ Happy Halloween!


  • Author: Kavitha
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 mins
  • Yield: 30 small pieces / 15 regular sized slices 1x

Description

A spooky Coffin Cake for Halloween


Scale

Ingredients

For Chocolate Sponge Cake (or you can use your favorite chocolate cake recipe)

  • 3 cups All purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 and 1/2 cup Powdered sugar (adjust according to taste)
  • 1 and 1/2 cup thick yogurt
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • a pinch of salt
  • # (1 cup is around 200 grams)

For Chocolate Truffle Frosting (or you can use your favorite frosting recipe)

  • 1 cup (200 mls) Heavy Cream/ Whipping Cream
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (300 grams) Dark Chocolate (cut into small pieces or use chocolate chips)
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 2 tsp Rum/Brandy/Vanilla essence (optional)

For Quick Sugar Frosting (optional)

  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s or powdered sugar
  • 13 tablespoons milk or other liquid (as per required consistency)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract

Others

  • Chocolate sprinkles or leftover cake crumbs (for decorating sides)
  • Whipped cream / vanilla buttercream / sugar frosting – for making a symbol / writing on coffin
  • Coffin template

Baking pan

  • 9X 13 inches OR 7X 11 inches (rectangle baking pan)

Instructions

For the Sponge Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 160C & Grease & Line your rectangular baking pan
  2. Add powdered sugar to thick yogurt / curd. Beat well to form a smooth mixture
  3. Add to the yogurt, baking powder, baking soda & a pinch of salt Beat the mixture well. You’ll start seeing tiny bubbles all over the yogurt. Let it rest for 5 minutes.
  4. Add oil and vanilla extract to the yogurt & Mix well
  5. Add the flour mixture to yogurt mixture & gently mix until it is incorporated into the wet mixture.
  6. If baking as 2 layers, pour HALF the batter in the prepared baking pan (repeat or pour other half in second pan) *
  7. Bake at 160 C for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean without leaving wet batter.
  8. Invert, remove the parchment paper & let it cool completely before covering with frosting (if necessary).

For the Dark Chocolate Truffle Frosting

  1. Break chocolate into small pieces and set aside in a mixing bowl
  2. In a saucepan, heat the cream and butter together
  3. Switch off the flame as soon as the cream comes to a boil. (Don’t let it boil)
  4. Pour the cream over the chocolate and let it rest there for 2 minutes
  5. Using a mixing spoon / whisk, mix the chocolate into the cream very gently. (The heat of the cream would melt the chocolate easily). Add your rum/essence here
  6. If the frosting is runny, add a bit more chocolate. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and then use as required

Finishing the cake

  1. Start off by baking two sheets of chocolate sponge cake on a baking pan (use 7X11 or 9X13 – anything rectangular).
  2. Let the cake layers cool completely.
  3. Placed all layers together and cut the cake to look like a coffin. Use the template or do it free hand if you’re confident. Separate the layers
  4. Apply a nice dollop of frosting on the bottom layer and spread it.
  5. Scatter nuts, chocolate chips, candies, cookies, marshmallows and any other treat that you can think of on top of the base layer. (Alternatively, if you have the patience to make a large gingerbread man, you could place that in here as well.)
  6. Microwave for 1 minute to toast the nuts & melt the marshmallows. Or you can place the plate in a HOT (but switched off) oven and let that heat do its job. That would take about 5 minutes (It’s okay if the chocolate frosting starts to melt in this time.
  7. Once that is done, just swirl around the treats to distribute everything evenly (optional, advisable if using marshmallows)
  8. Place another layer on top and press.
  9. Frost the entire cake with dark chocolate truffle frosting (or your favorite chocolate frosting).
  10. Use chocolate sprinkles or leftover cake crumbs to decorate the sides
  11. Use Whipped Cream / Vanilla Buttercream / simple Milk-Sugar Frosting to make a PLUS sign on the coffin. Fill the icing in a zip lock back, snip of the end and write / decorae. You could also write R.I.P on it if you want
  12. Clean the sides and refrigerate until you want to serve.

For Quick Sugar Frosting (optional)

  1. Measure the sugar into a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of milk and the extract. Stir until it forms a thick, creamy paste. If desired, thin the frosting into a glaze with additional tablespoons of milk.
  2. Frosting will keep refrigerated in a sealed container for up to a week. Allow to come to room temperature and stir gently before using.

Notes

  1. If you have two baking pans of same size, you can also bake simultaneously to save time. OR if you are good at cutting layers, then bake the cake as one and cut horizontally into two layers.
  2. For the fillings, you can simply choose to fill more frosting instead of candies & nuts. Or you could just bake one big cake and cut it like a coffin and frost the outside (no layers). Or you could leave the coffin opened (as shown in picture below) and place a skeleton treat on bottom layer. It’s your choice. Get creative
  3. If there is leftover frosting, store in air tight container in refrigerator. It stays good for a month.
  4. With the extra cake crumbs, you can make trifle
  5. Tip: Take a piece of paper as the size of your baking pan. Draw a coffin & cut the template out

  • Category: Halloween Cake
  • Cuisine: American

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4 Comments on “Coffin Cake ~ Happy Halloween!

  1. Hi Kavi, your spooky cake look so cute and awesome. The chocolate look like to die for kind. All the above look really delightful. Thanks for sharing.

    Have a nice day.

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