Spook-tacular Monster Cakes

Spook-tacular Monster Cakes

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Get ready to unleash your inner monster baker! 🎃👻🍫 Create spook-tacular monster cakes with Just Date Chocolate Chips – they're the perfect treat for a sweet Halloween, healthy and too delicious. Grab your apron, and let's bring these deliciously frightening delights to life! - Janani from Skillet to Plate


Chocolate cake

1/2 cup Just Date Dark Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups cake flour
2 cups Just Date Sugar
1/2 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
1 tsp espresso powder
1/4. tsp kosher salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 tbsp good-quality pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt, at room temperature
1/2 cup olive oil
1 cup (240 ml) hot water

1 cup butter unsalted, at room temperature
2 ½ cups Just Date Sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3-4 tablespoons milk of choice*
Salt- a generous pinch
Food colors

Prepare for baking by preheating the oven to 350°F, positioning the rack in the middle. Grease three 8-inch cake pans with nonstick cooking spray and line the bottoms with parchment paper.

Begin by melting the chocolate and adding the butter. In a large microwave-safe bowl, place the chocolate and microwave it at medium power for 60 to 90 seconds, stirring every 20 to 30 seconds until the chocolate is completely melted. Add the softened butter to the melted chocolate, stirring until it's fully combined. Set this mixture aside to cool.

Now, let's mix the ingredients. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, espresso powder, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. In a separate small bowl or glass measuring cup, combine the eggs, vanilla, yogurt, and oil. Beat this mixture with a fork and set it aside.

Using a whisk, add the dry ingredients to the chocolate mixture, ensuring a thorough mix. Next, incorporate the wet ingredients into the batter and blend until everything is well combined, with no visible flour streaks. Finally, pour in the hot water and stir until the batter appears smooth.

Divide the batter evenly among the prepared cake pans, giving each pan a gentle tap to eliminate any air bubbles. Place the pans on the middle oven rack and bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until a cake skewer or toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Once done, take the cakes out of the oven and allow them to sit in the pans for 1 minute before gently inverting them onto cooling racks. Allow the cakes to cool completely before frosting.

For the buttercream, beat the butter for 2 mins. Then add the other ingredients listed under buttercream and beat for 1 to 2 mins until fluffy. Then add the color of your choice listed in the buttercream ingredients and beat well till the color is well incorporated. Frost as desired. I’ve used piping tip 234 to pipe the monster hair.

By Janani Rakesh Kumar from Skillet to Plate