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Halloween Recipes

Graveyard Cake

Graveyard Cake

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As far as decorative Halloween cakes go, this one is the easiest by far. Eerie and darkened with black cookie crumbs that look like soil, our Graveyard Cake might just be a must Halloween decoration for your table.

In addition to being festive, our recipe requires no homemade components. Instead, we use a box of Devil’s Food cake mix to make the batter for the cake layers, we use a can of chocolate frosting for the filling and outside of the cake, and we use Oreo cookies and Milano cookies for decoration. All of this means that you don’t have to fuss with from-scratch cake batters and buttercreams, giving you more time to plan and decorate your home for a Halloween party. 


  • 1 (15.25-oz.) box Devil’s Food cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 20 Oreo cookies, white icing removed from centers
  • 1 (16-oz.) can chocolate frosting
  • Black decorating icing
  • 3 Milano cookies


Step 1

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Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two 8-inch round metal cake pans with cooking spray and line the bottoms of each pan with 8-inch circles of parchment paper. Set aside.

Step 2

Prepare cake mix according to package instructions with water, oil, and eggs. Pour batter into prepared cake pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, 26 to 31 minutes. Allow cake layers to cool completely, about 45 minutes.

Step 3

While layers are cooling, place Oreo cookies in a food processor and process until fine crumbs. (Note: you can also crush the cookies in a large sealable bag.) Set aside.

Step 4

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