Halloween will be here before we know it. That means it is time when desserts get all dressed up with their spooky decorating. Last week we shared with you our adorable Graveyard Cupcakes. We have another Halloween cake recipe to share with you. Our Hocus Pocus cake is three layers of black vanilla cake all dressed up with green, purple, and orange buttercream frosting with fun Halloween themed sprinkles. We called it the Hocus Pocus cake because the colors reminded us of the Disney movie Hocus Pocus.
This cake is so much fun to make and you can change the colors to any color that you want. We know that this cake isn’t gory or creepy but we aren’t really into the bloody gory desserts. To be honest the gory stuff really grosses us out. So we decided to stick with the fun festive recipes that are more cute & spooky than gross.
Now we know that this cake might seem a little intimidating if you are just starting our with your frosting skills but we promise you it is not hard at all.
What do I need for the cake:
- Cake flour. This is something that we have started using in our cake recipe. We just the flavor and texture that cake better than regular all-purpose flour. Have you tired cake flour before?
- Salted Butter
- Canola Oil
- Vanilla Extract
- Baking Powder
- Sea Salt
- As always we use Bob’s Red Mill Buttermilk Powder. This is not sponsored we promise we just love this product.
- Black gel food color. We use Wilton’s gel food color. If you can find the one with the dropper bottle use that one it is a lot less messy than the one you have to scoop out.
- 8-inch baking pans
- Bake even cake strips. For this, we use the cake strips that we made ourselves. We just cut an old towel into even strips about 1.5” wide and 3” long. You damp them with water and secure them on the outside of the cake pan with a safety pin or needle. If you don’t want to go the DIY route Wilton sells bake even strips.
For the frostings:
- Three piping bags one for each color.
- 1M frosting tip. You can use whatever tip you want we just love the look for this tip.
- Wilton Cake Icing tip No. 789. We just recently ordered this and we can wholeheartedly say that this tip makes frosting and smoothing the side of the cake a breeze. We highly recommend it. Again not sponsored just want to share a great product with you.
- Gel food color. Wilton’s Gel Food Coloring in Orange, Violet, and Leaf Green.
- Powdered Sugar
- Vanilla Extract
- Whole Milk.
- Wilton’s Halloween Sprinkles
Some tips for frosting:
Always put the milk in a little at a time. It is always better to start with a little bit of milk at a time because for this cake you don’t want the frosting to be too runny.
The same rule as with the milk. When you are adding the food coloring to the buttercream always start with a little first and keep adding a little at a time until you get the color you want.
Use your buttercream right away. Don’t leave your buttercream lying around use it right away because it will get too soft and make it more difficult to work with.
Once you are done frosting your cake we recommend storing it in the refrigerator until you are ready to start slicing it.
This cake is a great addition to any Halloween party. Now that your ghouls and goblins have arrived it is now time to serve the cake. We hope you have a fun and safe Halloween!
Hocus Pocus Cake
- 1/2 cup Salted Butter Softened
- 1/2 cup Canola Oil
- 1½ cup Sugar
- 4 Large eggs room temperature
- 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
- 3 cups plus 6 tbsp Cake Flour
- 1 tbsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp Sea Salt
- 1¼ cup Buttermilk Room Temperature
- Black food coloring
- 3 cups Salted Butter Softened
- 13½ cups Powdered Sugar
- 3 tbsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 tsp Salt
- 12-15 tbsp Whole Milk
- Green Food Coloring We used leaf green from Wilton.
- Purple Food Coloring We used violet from Wilton
- Orange Food Coloring We used Orange from Wilton
- In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350° Farenheight. Prepare three 8 inch cake pans with parchment paper and non-stick cooking spray. If you are using bake even strips apply those to the pan as well. Set aside.
- In a large bowl cream together the butter, oil, and sugar until creamy. Scrape the sides down if needed. Add in one egg at a time making sure that each is well incorporated before adding the next. Then stir in vanilla extract.
- On low speed add in half of the flour mixture and buttermilk. Mix until combined then add the rest of the flour mixture. DO NOT OVERMIX!
- Evenly divide the batter into each prepared cake pan and bake for 35-40 minutes.
- Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes in the pans before transferring to a cooling rack. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
- In a stand mixer using the paddle attachment beat the butter until creamy. Slowly add in the powdered sugar. Scrape down the sides if needed. Add in the vanilla extract and salt.
- Add in the milk one tablespoon at a time. Until you reach your desired consistency. Divide the frosting into three equal amounts. Then add one color dye to each frosting.
- Add one layer of cake to a cake stand or plate. Then add a layer of purple frosting. Smooth out then add the second layer of cake. Pipe orange frosting on top of that layer. Then add the final layer of cake on top of that.
- Frost the sides and top of the cake with the green buttercream frosting and smooth out. Using 1M Piping tip pipe on purple and orange swirls on top of the cake. Then add the Halloween sprinkles on top of the cake.
We hope you give this fun Halloween cake recipe a try. Be sure to tag us on Instagram @wonderandcharm or use the hashtag #wonderandcharm we love seeing your photos.
Looking for more cake recipes? You can find there here.