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You will need three separate batches of this batter to create the Haunted-House Cake. Do not attempt to make a single large batch.

Martha Stewart Living, October 2008

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Credit: Johnny Miller

Recipe Summary

Yield:
Makes one 9-inch cake and one 11-inch cake
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 11- by-2-inch round cake pan and a 9-by-2- inch round cake pan. Line bottoms with parchment rounds, then butter parchment. Dust pans with cocoa powder, and tap out excess.

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  • Mix cocoa powder and the boiling water in a bowl until smooth. Let cool. Sift together cake flour, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Beat in vanilla. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, and scraping sides of bowl as needed.

  • Whisking constantly, pour milk into cocoa mixture in a slow, steady stream; whisk until smooth. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture to butter mixture in three additions, alternating with cocoa-milk mixture, and starting and ending with flour mixture.

  • Transfer 5 cups batter to the 11-inch pan and 3 cups batter to the 9-inch pan. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in centers comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Transfer pans to wire racks and let cool completely. Invert cakes onto racks, then remove parchment and re-invert, top sides up. Use a serrated knife to trim top of each cake to make level.

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Reviews (1)

7 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: Unrated
01/09/2009
We made this on our Big Green Egg grill... it was amazing. The recipe was really easy to follow and tasted great.