I took this cake one step further and make a orange and black zebra cake. I used a box of white cake mix for the cake, but you can make your own. Since I used a cake mix, I decided to make homemade chocolate buttercream. It delicious! I tinted the buttercream black for Halloween. It looked creepy, but it tasted great.
Spooktacular Halloween Candy Cake
- 1 box cake mix, plus ingredients to make cake
- 2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 12 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
- 3 Tbsp heavy cream
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 5 cups powdered sugar
- Black Twizzlers
- Reese's pieces
Bake cake according to package directions in two 8-inch cake pans. Cool completely.
*If making zebra cake - divide cake batter in half. Tint each half of batter with desired color. Using a medium cookie scoop or spoon, drop approximately 1 tablespoon of one color of batter in the middle of each cake pan. Top the batter with 1 tablespoon of the alternate color of batter. Repeat this process until all batter is used. (you do not have to wait for the batter to spread before adding the alternate color)
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter until smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. With mixer on low speed, add chocolate until just combined. Add cream, vanilla, and sugar; mix on medium until well combined. Add black food coloring if desired.
Frost cake with chocolate buttercream. Cut Twizzler's to size - about 1/2-inch taller than cake. Press Twizzlers on edge of cake. Top cake with Reese's pieces.
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