How to Make a Halloween Coffin Cake

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A coffin cake makes an appropriate centerpiece for a Halloween buffet, and when your guests peer under the lid, they'll be pleasantly surprised at what's inside. Instead of a vampire, the Halloween coffin cake is filled with chocolate candy bars and assorted candies.

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Things you need

  • Oiled, rectangular baking pan
  • 2 boxes yellow pound cake mix
  • Eggs, as directed on cake mix package
  • 2 wire racks
  • 1 package refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • Flour
  • Rolling pin
  • Oiled cookie sheet
  • Large tray
  • Sharp knife
  • Fork
  • 1 bag mini-chocolate candy bars
  • 2 bags assorted wrapped mini-candies
  • Skewers or popsicle sticks
  • 2 cans chocolate frosting

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  1. 1

    Oil a rectangular baking pan. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. 2

    Prepare both pound cake mixes as directed on the box. Mix them in one bowl and bake them in the same pan for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove the cake and allow it to cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Invert the cake pan and allow it to finish cooling on a wire rack. Leave the oven on.

  3. 3

    Oil a cookie sheet. Put the chilled sugar cookie dough on a lightly floured surface, and roll it into a 8 by 12-inch rectangle. Bake the rectangle on the oiled cookie sheet for 15 to 20 minutes or until it's lightly browned. Let it cool on a wire rack. This will be the coffin lid.

  4. 4

    Place the cooled cake on a large tray and measure approximately 1 inch in from all four sides of the cake, marking a line with the tip of a sharp knife. Carefully scoop out the center of the cake with a fork.

  5. 5

    Fill the the hollowed area with unwrapped chocolate candy bars and small wrapped candies.

  6. 6

    Put the rectangular cookie "lid" on top of the hollowed out area and prop up one side of the lid with popsicle sticks or skewers.

  7. 7

    Frost the entire cake with chocolate frosting, and decorate the lid with the candies of your choice.

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