Our rich graveyard cake—a pumpkin spice cake with bleeding chocolate glaze—is the ultimate sweet addition to your Halloween menu. Espresso shortbread headstones mark each slice.

Advertisement

Ingredients

Ingredient Checklist

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously butter a 9-by-13-inch cake pan. Line with parchment paper; butter lining. Dust with flour; tap out excess. Set pan aside.

    Advertisement
  • Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves in a large bowl; set aside. Put butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; beat on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Reduce speed to low; alternate between adding flour mixture and buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour. Add pumpkin, and beat until completely combined.

  • Pour batter into the prepared pan. Bake until golden and a cake tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes. Unmold; peel off parchment. Let cool completely on rack, top side up.

  • Set cake and rack on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Pour warm chocolate glaze over cake. Using a small offset spatula, gently smooth glaze over top of cake, letting it drip down sides. Let stand at room temperature, or refrigerate until set. Arrange 6 headstones on top; serve with the remaining.

Reviews (3)

60 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 21
  • 2 star values: 14
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: Unrated
10/16/2009
I like the idea of adding making a red velvet cake for this. Sounds so fun!
Rating: Unrated
10/24/2008
Agreed, fun cake. The pumpking/chocolate taste profile was a little unusual. When I make it next time I am going to try red velvet--to make the ground under the graveyard "bloody." :-)
Rating: Unrated
11/07/2007
Very fun cake - the chocolate writing on the shortbread cookies turned out so well. The directions are very well-explained. The #2 round tip is just right, and the chocolate consitency was very manageable. Definitely a winner - just plan ahead as all the steps together take some time!
Advertisement