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.


Credit: Sang An

Recipe Summary

Makes one 9-by-13-inch cake


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  • 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.

  • 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
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I like the idea of adding making a red velvet cake for this. Sounds so fun!
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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." :-)
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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!