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Graveyard Cake

Photo: Mark Thomas
Yield 12 Servings
Halloween desserts call for a little fun in the kitchen. Black icing transforms store-bought cookies into pint-sized headstones. Make each "gravesite" the serving size you want to ensure easy slicing.


  • 2 1/4 cups sifted flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 sticks (1/2 lb.) plus 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 (9 oz.) box chocolate wafer cookies
  • 1 (16 oz.) can chocolate frosting
  • 1 tube black icing
  • 1 (6 oz.) bag Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies
  • 1 (7.25 oz.) bag Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies
  • Candy rocks, optional

Nutrition Information

  • calories 730
  • fat 36 g
  • satfat 17 g
  • protein 8 g
  • carbohydrate 97 g
  • fiber 3 g
  • cholesterol 110 mg
  • sodium 440 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 13-by-9-inch pan.

  2. Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, stir together cocoa and water; whisk in milk until smooth. Set aside.

  3. Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until fluffy; scrape bowl. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add flour and cocoa mixtures, alternating each 3 times, scraping bowl (batter may separate a bit).

  4. Spread batter in prepared pan. Bake, rotating halfway through, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Cool in pan for 1 hour. Run a knife around edge of cake and turn out onto a platter.

  5. Finely crush chocolate cookies in a plastic bag with a rolling pin or use a food processor. Cover top and sides of cake with chocolate frosting and sprinkle generously with cookie crumbs. Score top of cake into 12 equal rectangles.

  6. Pipe "RIP" and other scary words on Milano cookies with black icing; cut a slit in each square to insert a Milano or Chessman cookie for gravestones; add candy rocks, if desired.