How to Make a Gothic Birthday Cake

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How to Make a Gothic Birthday Cake
Blood Red Velvet Cake (Photo courtesy of habitatgirl:

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.

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Things you 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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    Making the Cake

  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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.

    Making the Frosting

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

    Assembling the Cake

  1. 1

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

  2. 2

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

    How to Make a Gothic Birthday Cake
  3. 3

    Frost the coffin-shaped cake using the black frosting.

Tips and warnings

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

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