Halloween Ghost Cake Recipe | Halloween Dessert

LAST UPDATED: Nov 18, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Oct 24, 2014 | By: Julie Blanner

This fun and cute Halloween Ghost Cake recipe is  a perfect centerpiece for this years festivities. This cake consists of a layer of fudge brownie, chocolate ganache & marshmallow ghosts. A tasty and decadent Halloween dessert.

Spook-tacular Halloween Dessert | Hot Cocoa Ghost Cake

Nothing is more frightening than my constant chocolate craving, but these little ghosts come to a close second, don’t you think? As a former wedding & event planner, cake & cupcakes have never really excited me, especially since I called it dinner on far too many occasions.

This Halloween dessert is like a fudge brownie, loaded with ganache & marshmallow cream, it’s like taking a bite into the best hot chocolate you’ve ever had {& I’ve had a cup or two}! Adalyn is really into Halloween this year & I’m taking advantage of this short window by celebrating every minute of it. I plan to recreate this Halloween dessert that I made last year for Better Homes and Gardens.

To Make This Halloween Ghost Cake, You Will Need:

You just need a few pantry staples to make this spooky cake!

  • Fudge brownie mix
  • Heavy cream
  • Semi sweet chocolate
  • Sugar and water
  • Egg white: Free run / organic preferred.
  • Cream of tartar
  • Vanilla extract: Pure is better than imitation.
  • Black icing: In a tube.

How To Make A Halloween Ghost Cake

  1. Grease & line a 9″ round cake pan with parchment paper {for easy removal}. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare & bake brownie mix according to box directions. Allow to cool & remove from pan.
  3. In a saucepan on medium-high, bring cream to a boil. Add chocolate & let stand for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, stir until smooth & allow to set 5 minutes, then spread onto brownies.
  4. In a double boiler {or create one}, combine sugar, water, egg white, & cream of tartar. Beat 10 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Add vanilla. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  5. Pipe ghosts on using an icing tip & icing bag. {can substitute using a ziplock with a nip out of a corner of the bag. Bake 4 minutes. Create dots with black icing & serve!

Spook-tacular Halloween Dessert - Hot Cocoa Ghost Cake recipe

Make Your Own Marshmallow Ghosts for Halloween Dessert

These little spooky marshmallow ghosts are so easy to make! The marshmallow is the perfect texture for them and I much prefer them to iced ones that I often see. I love how the edges of them brown slightly in the oven, they look far more tasty than just a huge blob of sugar icing!

Easy Fudge Cake With Ganache

We have to talk about how easy this ghost cake is to put together! I’m a big fan of a box cake mix, it helps you to free up some time in your day and they are so easy to elevate too. The fudge cake mix is topped with a chocolate ganache for a grown up dessert that the kids will love too.

Halloween dessert recipe

A Fun Halloween Ghost Cake Idea

We are big fans of Halloween around here, and this cake for sure makes an amazing centerpiece to your treats table! It’s super fun for the kids, but it’s not overly sweet for the grow ups.  It’s such an easy way to add a bit of spookiness to your party with not too much effort.

Don’t worry about it being too perfect either. My ghosts are swaying in the wind. Rather than stressing about imperfections, embrace them! I’m a food lover, not a food stylist.

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Top Tips To Make A Halloween Ghost Cake Recipe

  • Use your favorite boxed fudge cake mix.
  • Save the inserts that come with your cake pans. I use them as a stencil to cut parchment paper, then grease your pan & insert the parchment paper. It gives you a clean lift to the cake platter – every time!
  • Bake the cake in a pre heated oven for the best results.
  • Don’t have a double boiler? Create one! Fill your larger pot with water just below where a smaller pot will fit & boil!

how to pipe ghosts on a cake for a truly ghoul-icious Halloween dessert!

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Spook-tacular Halloween Dessert - Hot Cocoa Ghost Cake recipe

Halloween Ghost Cake Recipe

This fun and cute Halloween Ghost Cake recipe is  a perfect centerpiece for this years festivities. This cake consists of a layer of fudge brownie, chocolate ganache & marshmallow ghosts. A tasty and decadent way to celebrate Halloween!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings (hover to scale): 12
Calories: 258kcal

Ingredients

  • fudge brownie mix
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 4 ounces semi sweet chocolate chopped
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoon cold water
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • black icing in a tube

Instructions

  • Grease & line a 9" round cake pan with parchment paper {for easy removal}. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Prepare & bake brownie mix according to box directions. Allow to cool & remove from pan.
  • In a saucepan on medium-high, bring cream to a boil. Add chocolate & let stand for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, stir until smooth & allow to set 5 minutes, then spread onto brownies.
  • In a double boiler {or create one}, combine sugar, water, egg white, & cream of tartar. Beat 10 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Add vanilla. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Pipe ghosts on using an icing tip & icing bag. {can substitute using a ziplock with a nip out of a corner of the bag. Bake 4 minutes. Create dots with black icing & serve!

Notes

  • Use your favorite boxed fudge cake mix.
  • Save the inserts that come with your cake pans. I use them as a stencil to cut parchment paper, then grease your pan & insert the parchment paper. It gives you a clean lift to the cake platter - every time!
  • Bake the cake in a pre heated oven for the best results.
  • Don't have a double boiler? Create one! Fill your larger pot with water just below where a smaller pot will fit & boil!

Nutrition

Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 251mg | Potassium: 169mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 102IU | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2mg
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