You guys! Forgive me for the back to back posts, but THIS CAKE. I can’t stand it. So cute, right?
I saw it in Family Circle and had to make it immediately. My best friend’s daughter is a Halloween baby, so they’re in the midst of party planning. And I know you are, too.
It was super easy, really. I’m no cake decorator, that’s for sure, but I did an ok job on the frosting. I think the unevenness just gives the ghost look more character. Like a wrinkled sheet! At least, that’s what I’m telling myself.
Unlike fondant, the frosting is creamy and luscious. I used regular and mini Oreos and M&Ms, but feel free to use the same size. Just have fun with it!
- 1 box (15 ounce) Devil’s Food cake mix (I used Pillsbury)
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 3 eggs
- 10 regular or double-stuffed Oreo cookies
- 10 mini Oreo cookies
- 10 brown mega sized M&M’s
- 10 brown mini sized M&M’s
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
- 1 box (1 pound) powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons whole milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut parchment paper to fit the bottom of two 8-inch round baking pans. Coat with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, buttermilk, oil, and eggs. Evenly distribute between the two prepared pans and bake for approximately 34 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- In the meantime, carefully take apart the regular and mini Oreos, making sure the filling stays intact. Place the halves without the filling in a resealable plastic bag and smash them into crumbs. Set aside.
- Remove cake from oven and cool in pans on a baking rack for 15 minutes. Remove cake from pans and peel off the parchment. Cool completely.
- While cake is cooling, make the frosting. With a hand mixer, beat together the butter, powdered sugar, and milk on low until just combined. Then on high for 3 more minutes until fluffy. Set aside one tablespoon of the mixture.
- Trim off a top layer from each cake to make them flat. Place one layer on a cake stand. Spread 3/4 cup of the frosting evenly over the top; sprinkle with the cookie crumbs, pressing slightly into the frosting. Place second cake layer on top, then spread the remaining frosting over the top and sides of the cake.
- With a bit of the reserved frosting, secure one of the M&M’s to each of the 20 Oreo halves. Arrange on the cake so they look like pairs of eyeballs.
- Slice, serve, and enjoy! Refrigerate any leftovers.
originally seen in Family Circle magazine