When we were planning out our Halloween calendar, Candice mentioned that she thought Red Velvet cake would be a perfect dessert for the season. Even though Red Velvet is more of a Christmas dessert, it’s deep red color works especially well for Halloween. A spooky version of the cake seemed like the perfect dessert for Amanda’s grown up Halloween dinner party.
I used this recipe from Southern Living (it’s hard to beat Southern Living for the most southern of desserts!). The only thing I would say is that I needed to bake the cake a lot longer than the recipe said, so if you use this recipe, I would start checking the cake after 25 minutes, but be prepared to need an extra ten or fifteen minutes. Also, if you don’t have 3 eight inch round pans, it might be worth it to buy an extra. I could have paid for a new pan with all the disposable aluminum tins I bought while working on his!
We didn’t frost the entire cake because we really wanted the color to be a focal point. For an added creepiness factor, Amanda painted some plastic spiders, and we made some chocolate webs. For the webs we just used melted chocolate chips and a plastic sandwich bag. I tried my best a drawing my own webs, but I was much more successful printing webs off the internet and placing them under the wax paper and tracing. Once you have your webs, cool tem in the fridge for ten minutes. If you want them to have a little more shape, lay them on something round while they’re firming up (an upside down bowl or a glass on its side).