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Graveyard Cake

Featuring edible tombstones and an eerily easy haunted house, this sheet cake is “spooktacular”.

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  • prep time 55 min
  • total time 1 hr 20 min
  • ingredients 11
  • servings 24
 

Ingredients

1
box (18.25 oz) yellow cake mix with pudding
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
1/4
cup chocolate-flavored candy melts or coating wafers, melted
2
to 3 oval creme-filled or peanut-shaped peanut butter-filled sandwich cookies, each cut in half crosswise
1
container (1 lb) rich & creamy vanilla frosting
20
drops neon green food color
5
rectangular graham crackers
2
rectangular chocolate graham crackers
Candy-coated peanut butter pieces
Candy corn
Candy pumpkins

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  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray 15x10x1-inch pan with cooking spray. Make cake batter as directed on box. Pour batter into pan; spread evenly. Bake 17 to 22 minutes (19 to 26 minutes for dark or nonstick pan) or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan, about 30 minutes.
  • 2 Meanwhile, place sheet of foil on cookie sheet. Spoon melted candy melts into small resealable food-storage plastic bag; seal bag. Cut small hole in corner of bag. Squeeze melted candy in shape of tree onto foil. Refrigerate tree. Squeeze melted candy on sandwich cookies to look like tombstones.
  • 3 In small bowl, mix frosting and food color until blended. Reserve 1/4 cup frosting for roof and decorations. Frost cake with remaining frosting. With sharp knife, cut peaks in one short side of each of 2 graham crackers. Insert crackers into cake for front and back of haunted house. Break 1 graham cracker in half crosswise; insert into cake for sides of house. Frost 2 graham crackers; place on house for roof.
  • 4 Break up 1 chocolate graham cracker; arrange on cake for walkway and on house for windows and door. Arrange peanut butter pieces along edge of walkway. Pipe line of frosting along top of house; arrange candy corn in frosting.
  • 5 Arrange chocolate tree on cake. Place candy pumpkins near house. Arrange "tombstones" on cake. Crush remaining chocolate graham cracker; mound graham cracker crumbs in front of tombstones for graves. Store loosely covered.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray 15x10x1-inch pan with cooking spray. Make cake batter as directed on box. Pour batter into pan; spread evenly. Bake 17 to 22 minutes (19 to 26 minutes for dark or nonstick pan) or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan, about 30 minutes.
  • 2 Meanwhile, place sheet of foil on cookie sheet. Spoon melted candy melts into small resealable food-storage plastic bag; seal bag. Cut small hole in corner of bag. Squeeze melted candy in shape of tree onto foil. Refrigerate tree. Squeeze melted candy on sandwich cookies to look like tombstones.
  • 3 In small bowl, mix frosting and food color until blended. Reserve 1/4 cup frosting for roof and decorations. Frost cake with remaining frosting. With sharp knife, cut peaks in one short side of each of 2 graham crackers. Insert crackers into cake for front and back of haunted house. Break 1 graham cracker in half crosswise; insert into cake for sides of house. Frost 2 graham crackers; place on house for roof.
  • 4 Break up 1 chocolate graham cracker; arrange on cake for walkway and on house for windows and door. Arrange peanut butter pieces along edge of walkway. Pipe line of frosting along top of house; arrange candy corn in frosting.
  • 5 Arrange chocolate tree on cake. Place candy pumpkins near house. Arrange "tombstones" on cake. Crush remaining chocolate graham cracker; mound graham cracker crumbs in front of tombstones for graves. Store loosely covered.

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Look for the neon-colored food color in the baking aisle of the store.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving (without decorations)
Calories
190
(
Calories from Fat
80),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
9%
(Saturated Fat
2g,
2%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
25mg
25%;
Sodium
180mg
180%;
Total Carbohydrate
28g
28%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
18g
18%
),
Protein
1g
1%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
2%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.