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Chocolate cauldron cake

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A bubbling cauldron full of creepy goodies

This cauldron cake is completely edible, worms and all!

A bubbling cauldron full of creepy goodies

A chocolate cauldron filled with cake, candy and a touch of sparkle is a must for Halloween! With step-by-step photos and a little imagination, this is a fun project the whole family can get involved in!

Chocolate cauldron cake recipe

Ingredients and supplies:

  • 1 regular-size latex balloon
  • 2 bags dark cocoa candy melts
  • 1 (6 inch) round white cake, cubed
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 10 fun-size Snickers candy bars, chopped up
  • Gummy worms, candy corn and gumballs for decoration
  • About 2 cups buttercream frosting
  • Red and orange food coloring
  • Pastry bag
  • Pastry tip #79
  • Gold disco dust
  • Small paintbrush



Dip balloon in chocolate

Blow up the balloon. Rinse under water and dry completely. Melt candy melts in a large bowl in the microwave in 30 second intervals until completely smooth.

Dip balloon in melted chocolate, turning to make sure about 2/3 of the balloon is well coated. Set the coated balloon on parchment paper. The excess chocolate that forms on the bottom will help form a nice base. Refrigerate 30-60 minutes till set.

A bubbling cauldron full of creepy goodies


Pop balloon

Pop the balloon carefully and peel out of chocolate shell. Place cauldron on a foil-covered cake cardboard or platter.

A bubbling cauldron full of creepy goodies


Fill cauldron

In an electric mixer with whisk attachment, whip heavy cream with powdered sugar and vanilla extract to make whipped cream. Spoon about 1/3 of the whipped cream into a small bowl and reserve. Fold chopped up Snickers into the larger amount of whipped cream.

Start filling the cauldron by layering cubed cake topped with Snickers whipped cream.

A bubbling cauldron full of creepy goodies

Repeat until full, ending with a layer of cake. Dollop reserved whipped cream on top.

A bubbling cauldron full of creepy goodies


Fill pastry bag

Divide the buttercream into two bowls. Color one bowl orange and one bowl red. In a pastry bag with tip #79 (u-shaped tip), fill one side of the piping bag with orange buttercream using an offset spatula, then carefully fill the other side with red.

A bubbling cauldron full of creepy goodies


Pipe flames around cauldron

Pipe a ring of buttercream around the base of the cauldron.

A bubbling cauldron full of creepy goodies

Pipe flames all around the cauldron coming up from the base.

A bubbling cauldron full of creepy goodies


Fill cauldron with creepy goodies

Fill cauldron with candy corn, gummy worms and assorted candy. If desired, lightly dab water around the edges of the cauldron and brush with gold disco dust.

A bubbling cauldron full of creepy goodies

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