Show a friend or family member how much you love her in a lighthearted way by baking a coffin-shaped birthday cake. Whether she's turning 30, 70 or a major decade in between, adding her name to the top of the coffin is bound to get a laugh. Halloween parties also offer an ideal time to surprise your friends with your creative cake decorating strengths.
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Entertain young kids with a coffin cake that looks more fun than frightening. A loaf pan works for this option. After baking a chocolate cake, place it on a cutting board and trim the top corners, drawing the knife across both corners at an inward angle to create the coffin. Remove a layer off the top of the cake and turn it at a right angle, revealing what will be the inside of the coffin. Place a gingerbread man sugar cookie inside. Add a white cross on top of the coffin and rest it on a plate of chocolate sprinkles.
If you want to scare your party guests, a blood-red coffin cake works. Bake a red velvet cake in a loaf pan and cut corners at an angle, creating a coffin shape. Slice a layer of cake to reveal the body missing inside. Prepare a plate of dark chocolate wafer cookie crumbs to resemble dirt and turn the coffin sideways on it. Trim the coffin and add the letters RIP with red liquorice candy laces. Sprinkle white candy bones around the plate.
Decorate a coffin cake with your friend's name to celebrate her big day. Create the base with a loaf pan cut to resemble a coffin or with a rectangular cake pan to resemble a gravestone. Bake any flavour of cake you want, then ice the cake with chocolate frosting. Add the person's name across the top with brightly coloured chocolate or fruit candies. Another option is white candy flowers in the shape of the first letter in the person's name.
Devil's food chocolate cake adds to the fright factor. Frost a coffin-shaped cake with buttercream icing and then cover with black fondant. Accentuate coffin lines and hinges by gently dragging a wooden chopstick across the fondant while it is still soft. Add a skull-shaped cookie on top of the coffin adds even more spooky appeal.
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