Yield: 12 servings
- 1 box yellow cake mix, prepared according to package directions and baked in a 9"x13" pan.
- A large piece of cardboard, covered in aluminum foil
- 1 can white frosting
- Green food coloring
- A hair comb (new, not used 😊)
- 1 plastic tomb stone toy
- 1 can chocolate frosting
- Small pumpkins
- Cut a rectangle out of the cake. This will be the grave. Try to keep the piece of removed cake in tact -- you're going to use it later.
- Transfer the cake to your cardboard covered in aluminum foil.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the white frosting with green food coloring. This will look like grass. Keep a small amount of white frosting separate.
- Frost the cake with the green frosting. Use the comb to give it a bit of texture, and then attach the tombstone at the head of the grave.
- Using the rectangle of cake from step #1, trim it into a coffin. Place it on the cake and frost with chocolate frosting.
- This is actually the hardest part of the cake because the coffin will tear. I found it most successful to use a pastry bag and pipe the chocolate frosting onto the sides of the coffin.
- Pipe the reserved white frosting onto the top of the coffin to outline its shape.
- Place several small pumpkins on the cake.
- Crumble the cake scraps from shaping the coffin and then spread the crumbs on the cake in a pile as dirt from the grave.
- Store covered.