Mary Anne's Devil's Food Cemetery Cake

Be wary of grave intentions and things that go bump in the night! For a frightfully delightful cake for your Halloween party, this scary cemetery cake will be the hit of your get-together!

For The Cemetery Cake:

1 Devil's Food Cake Mix

3 eggs

1 cup water, minus one tablespoon water

1/3 cup liquid coffee, cooled

1 Tablespoon Godiva chocolate liqueur

1/2 cup vegetable oil

Homemade or store-bought chocolate icing, reserve some for piping on tombstones


Tube of black or brown icing for piping on tombstones

Foil-covered heavy-duty cardboard or platter

Decorations for Cemetery Cake:

Thin chocolate candy sticks, cut into various sizes

Chocolate wafer or Oreo cookies, crushed in blender or by hand

Pepperidge Farm's Milano or Bordeaux cookies

Coconut tinted pale yellow for dried grass

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously spray 13"x9" inch pan with vegetable spray (Pam). Blend cake mix, eggs, water, coffee, liqueur, vegetable oil in a large mixing bowl at low speed until moistened. Beat for two minutes at medium speed or 450 strokes by hand. Pour batter into pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 - 40 minutes. Cake is done if toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Do not test for doneness by touching with finger.
  • Cool cake in pan 10 to 20 minutes. Remove from pan and place bottom-side up on foil-covered cardboard or platter. Frost cake with chocolate icing when completely cooled.
  • To make tombstones from cookies, fill a resealable plastic bag with chocolate frosting. Seal the bag and cut off a tiny corner. Pipe RIP or names on cookies with frosting. Push cookies into cake. Pile crushed chocolate cookies in front of tombstones to look like dirt mounds. Decorate the edge of the cake with chocolate candy sticks. Sprinkle tinted coconut around outside of cake. Add various tiny Halloween skeletons, bones, bats, mice, etc. around and on top of cake. Serves 12-16 very frightened Halloween ghosts, goblins and things that go bump in the night! Be afraid, be very afraid!

Note: You can omit the liqueur if you want and add one full cup of water instead.