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Jack Skellington Cake Recipe – Texanerin Baking

Jack Skellington Cake Recipe – Texanerin Baking


This Jack Skellington cake has an ultra-moist chocolate cake base with vanilla cream cheese and black cocoa cream cheese frosting. The stripes are surprisingly simple for somebody with no adorning abilities, as is the Jack Skellington face. You can also make it with all-purpose, entire wheat or gluten-free flour.

Earlier than anybody runs off pondering that it is a sophisticated cake, let me share this suggestions from my photographer: “Your directions had been SUPER useful and properly written. A 3-layer cake did appear a bit daunting at first, however I used to be truly stunned how simple it was when following your instructions!”

Additionally, I cannot stress this sufficient – I’m not a cake decorator! Neither is my photographer, and my stripes got here out wanting like hers.

I wish to get issues carried out rapidly, and I don’t have the endurance or ability for something fussy. If I could make these stripes, so are you able to.

In the event you don’t even need to strive, you’ll be able to skip them. Perhaps you need black frosting over your complete cake after which simply add a white face?

That may positively be simple. Simply be sure to regulate the quantity of black vs. white frosting.

This was imagined to be a simple recipe to create. The plan was to make use of my Dairy-free Chocolate Cake recipe (it’s the well-known Hershey’s One Bowl Chocolate Cake Recipe) and the identical cream cheese frosting I exploit in each different cake recipe.

11 makes an attempt later, and I lastly nailed the recipe. 😀 In the event you’ve made this cake earlier than and located it too sticky or onerous to deal with, I’ve mounted that. I clarify how under.

A fantastic cake any time of 12 months

I introduced half of my last adorned Jack Skellington cake to the kindergarten for the lecturers, however they ended up sharing it with the youngsters, and regardless of some confused little ones, it was successful.

I then used a number of of the frozen layers from the failed makes an attempt (they had been scrumptious, simply too sticky) and frozen cream cheese frosting for a cake I delivered to the kindergarten summer time fest. I’ve by no means had so many individuals come as much as me simply to say how a lot they cherished a dessert.

I felt like a dork for bringing a Halloween-ish cake to a July summer time celebration, however no person minded. 😀

In the event you’re viewing this submit exterior of the Halloween season, how about including some floor freeze-dried raspberries to the white portion of the frosting for a darkish pink and black striped cake?

I used a few of the leftover cake layers to do exactly that (my freezer had a piece stuffed with frozen cake layers for a number of weeks!), and it was unimaginable.

Or you might simply add meals coloring to the white frosting if in case you have some meals coloring you want.

I nearly by no means use meals coloring, however I used McCormick Nature’s Inspiration Meals Colours on these Frankenstein Cupcakes. The colours weren’t very vibrant, however no less than the components are respectable. I’m nonetheless on the hunt for one thing extra intense.


  • Granulated sugar – you should utilize coconut sugar in the event you favor.
  • Flour – you should utilize all-purpose, entire wheat, white entire wheat or one of many gluten-free choices I discuss under.
  • Cocoa powder – I used Dutch-process. In the event you use common Hershey’s cocoa powder, your cake can be lighter brown than mine.
  • Black cocoa powder – if you wish to use extra common cocoa powder rather than this within the cake, you’ll be able to, however the black cocoa does make the cake a little bit darker in shade. And moreover, you want it, anyway, for the frosting. You should use black cocoa powder within the frosting.
  • Eggs – you should utilize chia eggs to make this cake eggless, however there’s no strategy to make this Jack Skellington cake vegan because of the cream cheese frosting.
  • Milk – you should utilize any variety you’d like. I all the time use unsweetened cashew milk.
  • Oil – I exploit olive oil, nevertheless it works nice with canola oil, vegetable oil or no matter impartial oil you’d like. Simply don’t use a really costly, flavorful bottle of olive oil. I exploit store-brand natural olive oil from Aldi or Lidl and may by no means style the olive oil within the cake as soon as it’s cooled.
  • Boiling water – it looks like a LOT of water, and the batter can be tremendous skinny, nearly like water, however the full quantity is required.
  • Vanilla extract, baking powder, baking soda and salt

  • Cream cheese – that is for the frosting. No subs are doable. Identical with the opposite components for the frosting listed under.
  • Butter – be sure it’s room temp so it’s simple to beat in with the cream cheese.
  • Powdered sugar – if it’s very lumpy, you would possibly need to sift it or blitz it in a high-speed blender to get it mild and powdery once more.

What’s black cocoa powder?

Black cocoa powder is comprised of the identical beans as common cocoa powder however is handled with an alkaline answer to cut back acidity.

The totally different processing strategies add to its intense chocolatey taste and stark shade. It’s additionally much less bitter than common cocoa and extra soluble, making it an amazing addition to frostings, ganache, chocolate sauces and even smoothies.

It’s what offers Oreos their distinct taste. However you’ll be able to’t all the time use it rather than common Dutch-process cocoa.

I used it in my Kladdkaka as a direct sub for the cocoa. After I dug in, proper after it got here out of the oven, I panicked, pondering I had forgotten so as to add the sugar.

In a while, I might style some sweetness, nevertheless it was one way or the other type of gross. And after sitting in a single day, it tasted like BRISKET. I let it sit one other day to see what magical transformation would occur subsequent, nevertheless it stayed brisket-flavored.

So! In the event you really feel like experimenting with black cocoa, you would possibly need to make a smaller batch of one thing earlier than losing your components on one thing that’ll find yourself within the trash.

Can I exploit all black cocoa?

I had hoped for a black or nearly black cake, however utilizing all black cocoa didn’t change the colour all that a lot.

Or the style! So there’s actually no want to make use of all black cocoa. It’s fairly costly, so it’s higher to put it aside for recipes the place it does make an enormous distinction, like in these Black Cookies.

What model to purchase

For the European readers, I examined my black cocoa recipes with Van Houten Intense Deep Black Cocoa.

It’s now referred to as Noir Intense and is offered underneath the model identify Cacao Barry. All the pieces I’ve made has come out completely black and scrumptious. Besides the beforehand talked about kladdkaka, however that’s not the model’s fault.

My photographer lives within the US, so for her, what I did was learn a ton of critiques on Amazon and picked the one with the very best critiques and value. Virtually all of them had been tied when it got here to the scores, so I selected the most cost effective one on the time.

She used Trendy Mountain black cocoa powder within the black cookies I discussed above, they usually appeared precisely like my Van Houten/Cacao Barry cookies.

However then she despatched me an image of my Black Ice Cream, asking if it was imagined to be brown. It isn’t!

So I learn extra critiques and had her get the black cocoa from The Cocoa Dealer, and the ice cream got here out black. Or SUPER darkish gray and nearly black, however not jet black.

So I hightly suggest shopping for The Cocoa Dealer black cocoa to ensure that your outcomes appear like the images right here. I haven’t examined this recipe with Trendy Mountain or something aside from the two manufacturers I’ve talked about.

A brown Jack Skellington cake would simply be unhappy. I wouldn’t need to threat that.


As black cocoa powder journeys by way of your digestive system, it doesn’t lose its shade.

I hope you admire the warning. 😉 I wished to save lots of you the difficulty of googling and panicking. Black often alerts a direct journey to the physician, it appears.

However after consuming this cake, it’s simply the black cocoa powder. And if in case you have small youngsters, they’ll in all probability discover this fairly amusing. 😂

Learn how to make the cake

It’s a brilliant simple one-bowl recipe. In the event you’ve made this cake earlier than, word that the batter is thicker than the unique Hershey’s recipe (and my diversifications).

It’s often nearly as skinny as water, however I lowered the liquids by 25% to make the cake much less sticky and simpler to deal with.

Many, many reviewers have stated that that is the very best chocolate cake ever, and I agree. I’ve been making it for over 15 years.

I’ve stopped attempting different cake recipes and ordering cake from bakeries as a result of they’re all the time disappointing. That is the right cake!

In case you have questions in regards to the recipe, try my Wholesome Chocolate Cake submit as I consider I’ve answered something. 🙂

If not, be happy to ask under! I’d love to assist make this cake a hit for you.

The frosting

I’m SUPER in love with this frosting recipe. Not solely does it style wonderful, nevertheless it’s extremely simple. You don’t need to make two separate frosting recipes or, even worse, separate frosting and filling recipes.

You make one large bowl of cream cheese frosting, after which divide it up. To 1-third of the frosting, you add black cocoa powder.

And this creates probably the most wonderful Oreo-flavored frosting!

To the remaining 2/3 of the frosting, add extra butter, which helps make the frosting firmer and simpler to embellish with.

In the event you dwell exterior of the US or Canada, be sure to learn the notes on the backside of the recipe. It’s a must to eliminate a few of the whey earlier than making frosting with non-US cream cheese. It’s simple. Simply annoying.

Learn how to assemble the cake

Some suggestions earlier than you get began:

On prime of the primary two layers, I unfold 1 cup (229 grams) of vanilla frosting. I ended up with 1/3 cup + 1 tsp of leftover vanilla frosting when the entire cake was carried out.

The photographer additionally used 1 cup between the layers and had JUST sufficient vanilla frosting to complete up the cake. However she had an additional white and black stripe on her cake in comparison with mine.

That have to be as a result of she was making use of much less strain when piping, so her strains had been thinner. Due to this fact, she wanted so as to add an additional 2 strains.

So what you are able to do is measure and mark the place to place every line so that you’ve a complete of seven strains, or you should utilize 1 cup MINUS 2 tablespoons of frosting on prime of the underside 2 layers of cake.

Which means, even in the event you make thinner strains just like the photographer and make 9 strains, you’d nonetheless find yourself with 1/4 cup of frosting on the finish.

Or you’ll be able to simply use 1 cup of frosting between the layers and eyeball the stripes. You need to have simply sufficient frosting for the face, however a security web is healthier.

In the event you do exactly eyeball it, perhaps have extra cream cheese readily available and make half a batch of my More healthy Cream Cheese Frosting (it simply makes use of much less sugar than regular – there aren’t any unusual components) so you have got lots for the face.

I completed my cake with 2/3 cup (150 grams) of black frosting, so that you’ll have lots left over, irrespective of in the event you make 7 or 9 strains.

This frosting additionally freezes nice, nevertheless it’s additionally fairly scrumptious on a spoon, so that you won’t have to freeze it.

Crumb coat

A crumb coat is a skinny layer of frosting utilized to a cake earlier than the ultimate coat of frosting. The aim is to seal within the crumbs in order that if you pipe in your ornament, they don’t get blended in with the piped stripes.

Use 1/2 cup (115 grams) of vanilla frosting as a crumb coat. It doesn’t sound like a variety of frosting, nevertheless it works simply effective.

Preserve the frosting refrigerated till prepared to make use of. And in the event you ever assume it’s not agency sufficient, place it again within the fridge. Issues get sloppy with melty frosting.

Unfold it throughout – simply the edges of the cake. I did this utilizing room temp, freshly baked truffles in a really, very heat kitchen, and you might see the crumbs. Very ugly.

I ought to have no less than chilled the frosting a bit extra. But it surely didn’t matter as a result of when you pipe on the stripes, you’ll be able to’t see the crumb coat anymore.

When the crumb coat is completed, unfold 1/2 cup (115 grams) of chocolate frosting excessive of the cake. The primary stripe taking place the cake will (seemingly) be black, so that you don’t need to fuss with making the frosting on the highest look good across the edges.

Place the cake within the freezer for 20-Half-hour after placing on the crumb coat (or 1-2 hours within the fridge). You can too refrigerate it in a single day to assist break up the workload.

Learn how to make the stripes

I used to be in a rush to get this cake carried out, so I used freshly made cream cheese frosting (within the recipe, I like to recommend chilling it first) on a freshly baked cake (I additionally suggest chilling or freezing the layers), and my piping appeared fairly terrible.

However as soon as you utilize a bench scraper to easy the edges, they appear nice! I used to be shocked. I used to be squealing and sending footage to half of the individuals I do know.

To make the stripes: be sure your frosting isn’t runny – it needs to be simple to pipe. I used a reducing bag with a 1.6cm (.63in) large opening when laying the bag flat. Once you open the bag, the opening was about 1cm (.4in).

Reduce two disposable luggage so you have got the appropriate dimension gap, or use a tip that has that dimension.

Fill one bag with chocolate and one with vanilla frosting.

Begin by piping a hoop of chocolate frosting across the base of the cake. You’ll be able to see how within the video under.

I’ve seen some individuals use large quantities of frosting for this, however I didn’t do that, my photographer didn’t do that, and neither did Georgia’s Desserts within the video. It’s not wanted!

I LOVE this frosting, however large, fats stripes across the cake can be overkill.

Then make a white stripe above the black, and alternate till you get to the highest. I feel it’s finest to finish up with a black stripe on prime, nevertheless it’s not a giant deal if in case you have a white stripe on the prime.

Ideally, you solely need 3 white stripes to make sure you have sufficient frosting for the face. The photographer made 4 white stripes and had simply sufficient frosting ultimately.

After I was studying the way to make these stripes, I used to be so confused. I’m certain my descriptions are simply as complicated.

But it surely’s truly actually tough to mess this up.

So watch how she does it:

I used to be so scared when it was time to make use of the bench scraper (however I hadn’t watched the video). Please watch the video! It’ll make you are feeling far more assured. 🙂

Gluten-free model

I like utilizing King Arthur Flour Gluten-free Measure for Measure flour and assume it typically outperforms Bob’s Purple Mill 1-to-1 Gluten-free Flour, however not on this recipe.

The primary 7 failed makes an attempt had been as a result of the cake collapsed whereas cooling and/or had been tremendous sticky. I modified the quantity of baking powder, baking soda, water, flour, and the quantity of black cocoa.

None of these issues made any distinction. I obtained indignant losing all that tremendous costly flour (I dwell in Germany, so I pay about double the already costly value to have it shipped over right here) and converted to Bob’s Purple Mill, which is a little bit cheaper.

It instantly labored. Gah. In order that’s what you see within the images. The all-purpose and entire wheat variations look precisely the identical.

However the cake was stickier than ordinary. I’m assuming that black cocoa powder isn’t as absorbent as common Dutch-process cocoa powder, however I haven’t examined out this concept. I’ve had sufficient of experimenting with this cake. 😉

The stickiness made it difficult to deal with. I did some analysis and located some individuals on a message board saying that you would be able to scale back the baking soda, baking powder and quantity of water to unravel that.

It labored! Because of whoever figured that out (I can’t discover the submit anymore).

Make forward

You can also make the cake layers and freeze them for as much as 3 months. As soon as they’ve utterly cooled, wrap them in plastic wrap and place them in a Ziploc bag.

It’s best to work with frozen cake layers, so don’t defrost the layers when it’s time to assemble the cake.

You’ll be able to assemble the cake, add the crumb coat after which freeze it for as much as every week. I’d wrap it in plastic wrap after which place it in a giant bag, simply to be secure.

In the event you apply the crumb coat, then you definately clearly have frosting. You can too freeze that!

Simply put it in a freezer-safe hermetic container. Freezing plain cream cheese modifications its texture, however because of the excessive fats content material of cream cheese frosting, you’re capable of freeze it with none subject.

You can too make your complete cake and freeze it. If doing that, then place the adorned cake within the freezer, and as soon as it’s completely frozen, cowl it with plastic wrap and place it in a giant freezer bag.

Advantages of constructing the cake layers upfront

  • A calming cake layer is less complicated to deal with than a room-temperature cake.

  • A frozen cake layer is even simpler to deal with! And also you don’t have to fret about it falling aside.

  • It additionally makes this cake a lot simpler to arrange. You’ll be able to completely begin from step 1 and serve the cake on the identical day.

    However I wish to make the cake layers and cream cheese frosting on someday after which assemble it the subsequent.

    Although this cake is simple to embellish, I like to enter it relaxed and never frazzled by the mess within the kitchen.

    I needed to make the cake and embellish it in a single afternoon and was balancing the cake on a tower of bowls to embellish it. That’s not superb. 😉

Black ice cream

In the event you’re questioning what sort of ice cream is served with the cake, that may be my Black Ice Cream! It, identical to the frosting, tastes like an Oreo wafer.

Consuming a giant slice of cake and two scoops of this ice cream would positively be an excessive amount of, nevertheless it certain seems good. In the event you’d wish to serve this cake with black ice cream, positively go for a small scoop of ice cream and a small slice of cake.

Different Halloween truffles and cupcakes

Spider Cupcakes for Halloween

Gluten-free Halloween Cupcakes

Eyeball Cupcakes

Halloween Cake with Eyeballs

I hope you’ll love this Jack Skellington, even when it’s a bit early! I’d so admire some suggestions under in the event you strive it out. Thanks! 🙂

Jack Skellington Cake Recipe
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  • Yield: 16 slices



    Make the cake:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 °F (175 °C). Line 3 spherical 8″ cake pans with parchment paper on the underside and grease the edges.
  2. In a big bowl, stir collectively the sugar, flour, Dutch-process cocoa, black cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla.
  3. Combine till mixed, after which stir within the boiling water. The batter can be fairly skinny.
  4. Divide the batter between the three pans. That’s 675 grams of batter per pan (692 grams per pan if utilizing Bob’s GF flour).
  5. Bake for 26-28 minutes or till a toothpick comes out with some moist crumbs, however no raw liquid.
  6. Let cool for 10 minutes within the pans, after which end up onto a rack to chill utterly, about 2 hours. My truffles weren’t flat, however not very rounded, both. If you wish to, you’ll be able to stage them (I didn’t).
  7. Unfrosted cake layers could be wrapped in plastic wrap and saved at room temperature for two days or refrigerated for 3. They can be frozen to make the crumb coat tidier. I like to recommend no less than chilling the cake in a single day earlier than stacking the layers, however freezing is even higher.
  8. Put together the frosting:

  9. In a big mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and solely 3/4 cup (169 grams) butter along with an electrical hand mixer at medium pace till properly mixed. It is okay if it seems a little bit crumbly.
  10. Steadily beat within the powdered sugar till completely mixed, after which beat within the vanilla and salt.
  11. Take away 1/3 or 429 grams of the frosting to a medium mixing bowl and add 1/3 cup (37 grams) black cocoa powder to that. Beat in on low till mixed. Put aside.
  12. To the massive mixing bowl with the remaining 2/3 of the frosting, add 6 tablespoons (84 grams) butter. Beat till properly mixed.
  13. Mine was agency sufficient to frost the cake with. If yours is not, place it within the fridge, stirring each quarter-hour, till it is agency sufficient.
  14. Assemble the cake:

  15. Place the underside layer of cake, rounded aspect down, on the serving dish.
  16. Unfold 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons (200 grams) of vanilla frosting over the underside layer, nearly till the sting.
  17. Placed on the subsequent cake layer, rounded aspect down, and unfold on the identical quantity of vanilla frosting excessive.
  18. Place the third cake layer on prime, rounded aspect up.
  19. Crumb coat:

  20. Use 1/2 cup (115 grams) of vanilla frosting as a crumb coat. Preserve the frosting refrigerated till prepared to make use of. And in the event you ever assume it is not agency sufficient, place it again within the fridge.
  21. Unfold it throughout JUST the edges of the cake.
  22. Unfold 1/2 cup (115 grams) of chocolate frosting excessive of the cake. The primary stripe taking place the cake will (seemingly) be black, so you do not have to fuss with making the frosting on the highest look good across the edges.
  23. Place the cake within the freezer for 20-Half-hour after placing on the crumb coat (or 1-2 hours within the fridge). You can too refrigerate it in a single day to assist break up the workload.
  24. Make the stripes:

  25. To make the stripes (be sure your frosting is not runny – it needs to be simple to pipe), I used a reducing bag that had a 1.6cm (2/3″) large opening when laying the bag flat. Once you open the bag, the opening was about 1cm (.4in).
  26. Reduce two disposable luggage, so you have got the appropriate dimension gap, or use a tip that has that dimension.
  27. Fill one bag with chocolate and one with vanilla frosting.
  28. Begin by piping a hoop of chocolate frosting across the base of the cake. See submit for video.
  29. Then make a white stripe over the black, and alternate till you get to the highest.
  30. Use a bench scraper to easy out the edges by turning the cake with one hand when you drag the bench scraper towards the frosting together with your different hand. See submit for video.
  31. Make the face:

  32. Use a toothpick to stipulate a Jack Skellington face. Pipe the white frosting across the define. Fill within the face with frosting.
  33. Then make an overview of the face, nostril and mouth, and fill it in by piping on black frosting.
  34. Place the cake within the fridge for 4-8 hours, or in a single day, in order that it is simpler to get a pleasant lower. How lengthy you want is determined by if the cake layers are already frozen and if/how lengthy you chilled the frosting earlier than and through the adorning course of. With my very heat kitchen and never chilling the cake or the frosting, 4 hours was sufficient to agency it up. 8 hours would have been higher for a cleaner slice.
  35. Refrigerate lined for as much as 4 days or freeze (entire or sliced) for as much as 3 months.


  1. For the flour, you should utilize all-purpose flour, white entire wheat flour or entire wheat flour. In the event you’re gluten-free, use 2 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons (397 grams) Bob’s Purple Mill 1-to-1 Gluten-free Baking Flour. I attempted this cake 6 occasions with the King Arthur Gluten-free Measure for Measure Flour, tweaking it a bit every time, and it sunk each time.
  2. To make the chia eggs for this recipe, combine collectively 3 tablespoons of floor chia seed with 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon (133 grams) of water till properly mixed. Let sit for about 1-2 minutes or till goopy like common eggs.
  3. You need to use no matter sort of milk you need. In the event you utilizing canned coconut milk, water it down in order that it is runny like common milk.
  4. In the event you dwell exterior of the US – you seemingly have a distinct sort of cream cheese than within the US. US cream cheese is firmer and meant for baking, relatively than the type for toast, like in Europe. For 8 ounces (225 grams) of cream cheese, purchase a 300-gram package deal (the stuff at Aldi, Lidl, and so forth. works simply in addition to Philadelphia), put it within the heart of a clear tea towel or cheesecloth, and squeeze out the liquid till you have got 225 grams of cream cheese. So for this recipe, purchase 900 grams of cream cheese and squeeze out the liquid till you have got 680 grams of cream cheese left. Additionally word that medium eggs within the EU = US massive eggs. You in the event you’re within the EU, you want medium eggs.
  • Cake based mostly tailored from Hershey’s One Bowl Chocolate Cake.

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