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Gorgeous Halloween Party Centerpiece

 Black Velvet Cake

A super fabulous dark cake with dreamy layers.  So stunning….it makes a great Halloween party centerpiece.  The pinkish purple hued frosting contrasts with the black cake color.  Multi-colored fun sprinkles on top of the icing topped it off.  Heather used a mixture of blue & red (to make violet) food coloring…..of course the cake is black.

If you really love purple-ly pink color for Halloween, you could decorate the outside of your house in Gothic style with a decorated porch in pinky-purple & black.  Your porch will stand out…..folks will be rubber necking to check out your Halloween decorations.

One reader said this cake would be great for Sunday Football parties…..especially the Ravens Team since their colors are purple & black.

Anytime you add cocoa powder with water into the cake batter… is going to be so moist & chocolaty.

black velvet cake

Black Velvet Cake

Serves 12……thought if 2 bottles of black food coloring really grossed me out, so I just laced a very dark chocolate cake with a little black food coloring, and it totally got the job done….posted Heather Christo.

Black Velvet Cake

Recipe: Black Velvet Cake Recipe



  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder
 (I like Hershey DARK brand)
  • 1 cup soft unsalted butter
  • 2-1/4 cup white sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3/4 cups AP flour
2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 teaspoons black food coloring

Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 cup butter
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • food coloring (optional)
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate, melted in microwave
  • Sprinkles (optional)



Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare three 8” pans with cooking spray and parchment rounds (if you don’t have parchment rounds…just take wax paper, place cake pan on top & outline with a pencil.  Cut out template with scissors).

For The Cake

  1. Put the cocoa powder in a small bowl, and pour the boiling water on top of it.
  2. Whisk the water and cocoa together until smooth, and then set aside until cooled.
  3. In a mixing bowl or standing mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy.
  4. Add the vanilla and the eggs one at a time until they completely combined.
  5. Sift all of the dry ingredients together.


6. Gently add half of the dry ingredients to the batter and half of the chocolate. Mix to combine.

7. Repeat with the remaining ingredients and mix into a smooth batter. Add the black food coloring and mix completely in.

8. Divide the batter evenly between the three pans. Bake the cake layers about 25 minutes


9. Let the cake layers cool completely before frosting them.

Black Velvet Cake

Note: Heather states “If they are puffy on top (domed) I smack them down a couple of time with a spatula so that they will be more even to stack when frosting”.

To Make The Frosting

In the bowl of a standing mixer, combine the soft butter, powdered sugar and milk and whip until fluffy. Add the vanilla and the food coloring and combine well.

Spread ¼ of the frosting in between each of the cake layers and save the other half of the frosting for the outside of the cake. When it is completely frosted, I recommend refrigerating it for about 30 minutes before adding the chocolate.

Pour the melted chocolate over the top of the cake and let is drip down the edges. Apply sprinkles immediately to wet chocolate.

Slice and serve!

Special Thanks To Heather Christo For Gorgeous Black Velvet Cake Recipe & Image Screenshots.

Black Velvet Cake

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