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Chocolate Marshmallow-Ghost Cake and Mini Cupcakes

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Don't be afraid of these friendly ghosts -- they're easy to make.

  • Yield: Makes three 6-inch layers or about 6 dozen mini cupcakes

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2006

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pans
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder, sifted, plus more for pans
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • Vanilla Cream-Cheese Frosting
  • Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Marshmallows (mini and regular size) and chocolate sprinkles, for decorating

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter three 6-inch round cake pans. Dust with cocoa powder, and tap out excess; set aside. Alternatively, line six mini muffin tins with paper liners.

  2. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Put butter and sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing until combined after each addition. Mix in vanilla.

  3. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with the milk. Mix until just combined. Divide batter evenly among pans (about 2 cups batter per pan) or lined muffin cups (about 1 tablespoon batter per cup).

  4. Bake until a cake tester inserted into centers comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes for cake layers and 14 to 16 minutes for mini cupcakes. Let cool in pans or muffin tins on a wire rack.

  5. To frost the ghost cake, cover each of two layers with two-thirds cup Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting, and stack the layers; spread remaining frosting over top and sides of assembled cake. To frost the mini cupcakes, use the Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting (for vanilla frosting, omit the chocolate).

  6. To make the ghosts, you will need a miniature marshmallow, 2 regular marshmallows, and 2 chocolate sprinkles. Twist top of miniature marshmallow into a point by rolling it between your thumb and index finger. Trim all 3 marshmallows, and stick together. Twist top 2 slightly to shape. With a toothpick, poke holes, and insert sprinkle eyes.

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  • Mrs_Koz
    24 OCT, 2013
    Followed the directions exactly for the frosting and really came close to not having enough frosting to cover the dark cake beneath. Next time I will make 1.5 the amount of frosting for the look that is here... we improvised with additional ghost-shaped marshmallows as a border around the base to cover the thin-ness of the frosting. I'd also recommend, highly, using edible food markers to make the ghosts' eyes... this cute cake is already a winner for our school's fall cakewalk tonight!
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  • LittIeWolf
    12 APR, 2010
    Where can I get the black candles used on this cake?
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  • LittIeWolf
    12 APR, 2010
    Where can I get the black candles used on this cake?
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  • jacksam
    19 MAR, 2010
    i am from australia i saw on one of your putting strawberrys and cream and i dont know what the other ingredients were i am unsure if therewas a biscuit base but they were put into moulds and set they didnt need geletine for setting please help me out
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  • RebeMena
    31 OCT, 2008
    If you don't have chocolate sprinkles, like me, you can dab the end of a toothpick in powdered cocoa and then poke the holes on the marshmallows to resemble eyes. It effect was the same and maybe even a little faster to make. For the tops, I tried following the directions but didn't look quite right. So instead, I cut up a large marshmallow into small triangles and used those as the tops. I took tem to a party and the kids knew immediately they were ghosts and also liked the cupcakes!
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  • RebeMena
    31 OCT, 2008
    If you don't have chocolate sprinkles, like me, you can dab the end of a toothpick in powdered cocoa and then poke the holes on the marshmallows to resemble eyes. It effect was the same and maybe even a little faster to make. For the tops, I tried following the directions but didn't look quite right. So instead, I cut up a large marshmallow into small triangles and used those as the tops. I took tem to a party and the kids knew immediately they were ghosts and also liked the cupcakes!
    Reply
  • onenanaj
    29 OCT, 2008
    I am looking for the directions to the Halloween Bat made with a coffee filter and held by a clothespin. Could you put that on this website. It was on your program on October 27th or 28th. Thank you.
    Reply
  • onenanaj
    29 OCT, 2008
    I am looking for the directions to the Halloween Bat made with a coffee filter and held by a clothespin. Could you put that on this website. It was on your program on October 27th or 28th. Thank you.
    Reply
  • onenanaj
    29 OCT, 2008
    I am looking for the directions to the Halloween Bat made with a coffee filter and held by a clothespin. Could you put that on this website. It was on your program on October 27th or 28th. Thank you.
    Reply
  • amyrks
    26 OCT, 2008
    If you click on the words vanilla frosting, the actual recipe comes up. That may be why it is printed in a color that is different from the rest of the text.
    Reply