Seeking a Halloween party dessert? Look no further than this moist buttermilk-chocolate cake frosted with vanilla buttercream. Revelers will rave about the decadent cake topper, which is inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's infamous bird. To fashion the nest, pipe melted chocolate into a bowl of chilled vodka in overlapping rings—it will instantly harden—and then feather it with toasted cake crumbles (aka "dirt") and shiny candies.
The Details NY Cake silver dragees, 10mm, $7 for 4 oz.; gold dragees, 8mm, $9 for 4 oz.; and silver almonds, $6 for 4 oz., nycake.com. Economy Candy Jordan almonds, in Gold, $7.50 per lb., economycandy.com. Aofox realistic feathered crow, $23 for 3, amazon.com.