Black Chocolate Witch Cake Recipe

Shape the fondant into the witch's hat and shoes, bats, pumpkin and crow.

From: Woman's Day

You don't need a special spell to put together this fun cake—just colorful buttercream and spooky decorations.
Total Time:
Level: Easy
Serves: 24


For the Black Chocolate Cake

  • 4 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 3/4 c. dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 c. black cocoa powder or Dutch-processed cocoa
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 c. unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1 c. vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 c. ice-cold water
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • 1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract

For the Buttercream Frosting

  • 2 1/2 c. (5 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 1/2 lb. confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 c. heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
  • Green, purple, and orange gel food coloring

For the Chocolate Ganache

  • 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate (finely chopped)
  • 1 c. heavy cream

For Decorating

  • Dirt (crumbs made from reserved tops of the cake and chocolate wafer cookies)
  • Bone-shaped sprinkles
  • Toothpicks (use to adhere some of the decorations)
  • Witch's hat (black fondant)
  • Witch's legs (large red-and-white striped paper straws)
  • Witch's hair (shredded wheat cereal)
  • Bats (wire, purple fondant, red fondant, black fondant)
  • Pumpkin (orange fondant, green fondant, brown fondant)
  • Crow (black fondant, gray fondant, runts candies)
  • Googly eyes


Make the Black Chocolate Cake:

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F and lightly coat four 9-inch round cake pans with cooking spray. Line the bottoms of the pans with parchment paper, then spray the parchment.

2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugars, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Using an electric mixer, in a second large bowl, whisk together the butter and oil. Add the ice cold water and whisk until well combined, 1 minute. Reduce mixer speed to low and add the eggs, one at a time, mixing until incorporated. Mix in the sour cream and vanilla. With the mixer running, gradually add the flour cocoa mixture.

3. Divided the batter among the prepared pans (about 2 1/2 cups per pan). Tap each pan on a countertop a couple of times (this helps eliminate any air bubbles and evenly distribute the batter). Bake until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean, 25 to 27 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to cool completely.

4. Make the Buttercream Frosting: Using an electric mixer, beat butter on medium speed until creamy, about 2 minutes. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually add confectioners' sugar, alternating with heavy cream. Mix in vanilla extract. Increase speed to high and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes.

5. Divided the frosting among 3 medium bowls (2 1/2 cups per bowl) and tint sing green, purple, and orange gel food coloring. Transfer each color to a separate resealable 1-quart plastic bag.
6. Make the Chocolate Ganache: Place chocolate in a medium bowl. In a small saucepan, heat heavy cream until just bubbling around the edges. Pour the cream over the chocolate, stir once, then let sit for 5 minutes. Stir until completely melted and smooth. Cover with plastic and set aside until slightly thickened, about 30 minutes.
7. Assemble the Cake: Using a large serrated knife, cut the rounded tops off each cake so they are level and even in thickness (save the tops of the cakes). Transfer one layer of cake to a 9-inch cake board.

8. Snip 1/2 inch off a corner of the green frosting bag. Pipe the frosting around the top edge of the cake. Pipe the remaining green buttercream in the middle of the cake, then use an offset spatula to spread evenly; place another cake layer on top. Repeat with the purple icing, then the orange.

9. Spoon the cooled ganache over the top, using the back of a spoon to coax the ganache slightly over the edges of the cake.

10. Decorate the Cake:  Place the cake on a platter and arrange the cake crumbs around the base of the cake. Arrange the cookie pieces and crumbs on top of the cake. Shape the fondant into the witch's hat and shoes, bats, pumpkin and crow.

More from Woman's Day


Note: If you think this story need more information or correction, feel free to comment below your opinion and reaction.
Like & Follow to Stay Updated ...

|Featured Content_$type=three$c=3$l=0$m=0$s=hide$rm=0


4th of July,7,Accessories,24,Anniversary Cake,11,Baby Shower Cake,29,Banana Cakes,3,Birthday Cake,111,Blueberry Cake,16,Bread,17,Brownie,10,Bundt Cake,34,Butter Cake,55,Cake Decorating,115,Caramel Cake,8,Carrot Cake,26,Ceremonial Cake,9,Cheesecakes,268,Chiffon Cake,5,Chocolate Cake,429,Christmas Cake,36,Coconut Cake,26,Coffee Cake,16,Cookies,21,Cupcake,332,Doughnuts,4,Easter,1,Father's Day Cake,4,Featured,3,Features,63,Fruitcake,70,Graduation Cake,2,Halloween Cake,14,Ice cream Cake,25,Layer Cake,102,Lemon Cake,30,Mango Cake,3,Marshmallow,4,Mousse,2,Muffins,10,Mug Cake,14,Pancake,23,Panna Cotta,3,Pastry,7,Pie,35,Plum Cake,1,Poke Cake,10,Pound Cake,57,Protein Bars,1,Pudding,9,Pumpkin Cake,52,Recipe,1089,Sheet Cake,21,Special Cake,606,Sponge Cake,16,Strawberry Cake,25,Tarts,12,Thanksgiving Cake,11,Traditional Cake,4,Valentine's Day Cake,11,Vanilla Cake,19,Waffles,4,Wedding Cake,549,
Cake Magazine: Black Chocolate Witch Cake Recipe
Black Chocolate Witch Cake Recipe
Shape the fondant into the witch's hat and shoes, bats, pumpkin and crow.
Cake Magazine
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Read More Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share. STEP 2: Click the link you shared to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy