How to Make a Gothic Birthday Cake

Updated November 21, 2016

A Gothic birthday cake does not have to be complicated. Red Velvet cake has a blood red colour perfect for Gothic celebrations. Cutting a basic rectangular cake into a coffin shape and frosting it with black butter cream frosting is delicious and simple and will provide a fitting cake for a Gothic birthday celebration.

Spray a 13x9 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray and preheat the oven to 176 degrees C.

Cream 1/2 cup softened butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar together in a large mixing bowl. Beat in 1 tsp vanilla, eggs, and red food colouring.

Mix flour, cocoa, and baking soda together in a separate bowl.

Add flour mixture and buttermilk to the creamed butter and sugar mixture. Beat well and then add white vinegar and mix the batter is uniform in colour and consistency.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.

Prepare the frosting while the cake cools by mixing the 1/2 cup shortening, 1/2 cup butter, 4 cups confectioners' sugar, and 2 tbsp of milk together.

Whip the ingredients together using electric beaters and add black food colouring one tsp at a time until the frosting is black.

Store the black gothic frosting in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Remove the cake from the pan when it is cool and place it on a clean counter.

Cut off the corners of the cake to form a coffin shape as shown in the picture.

Frost the coffin-shaped cake using the black frosting.


In order to achieve deep colours such as blood red and black, paste food colourings are more effective than liquid food colours.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 28.4gr red food colouring
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • Black food colouring
  • Electric beaters
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Kittie McCoy has been a freelance writer since 2008. She is also a part-time personal trainer and licensed entertainer in Las Vegas. She enjoys sharing her love of physical fitness and experience in the entertainment industry via her writing.