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Hot Cocoa Ghosts | 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? I prefer marshmallow to traditional icing. In fact, every cake should be topped with it! 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 hot cocoa cake 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.

Spook-tacular Halloween Dessert - Hot Cocoa Ghost Cake recipe

I’m also sharing a couple of my little tips & tricks!

How to successfully remove a cake without disaster

Save the inserts that come with your cake pans. I use them as a stencil to cut parchment paper…

Great tip for baking a layered cake without stress or mess!

Then grease your pan & insert the parchment paper. It gives you a clean lift to the cake platter – every time!

How to create a double boiler | Easy double boiler substitute

Don’t have a double boiler? Create one! Fill your larger pot with water just below when a smaller pot will fit & boil! Back to those spook-tacular little ghosts & hot cocoa cake…

Halloween dessert recipe

This cake consists of a layer of fudge brownie, chocolate ganache & marshmallow ghosts.

Halloween dessert recipe | Halloween Party

My ghosts are swaying in the wind. Rather than stressing about imperfections, embrace them! I’m a food lover, not a food stylist.

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

Hot Cocoa Ghosts | Halloween Dessert

Total Time


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


  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!
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12 comments on “Hot Cocoa Ghosts | Halloween Dessert”

  1. Hands down the best Halloween inspired dessert I have seen. Not only is the chocolate and ghost meringue cake well presented and styled but I bet it must have tasted amazing too. Great recipe!

  2. This is about the cutest little cake ever! I love marshmallow frosting, too. 🙂 Pinned and sharing!

  3. This ghost cake is so darn cute! I love the little ghosts on top, they’re so adorable, I’m not sure I could eat them! But, I could totally see them on my holiday table! Pinned!

  4. I’ve been on a bit of a marshmallow kick, too! 😉 This is so super cute. My girls would absolutely love it! Very creative.

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