Halloween Cake Recipe

Red Devil Snack Cakes

A bottle of red food color is added to chocolate cake batter to create the unique color of these little decorated cakes.

60 min. prep time
25 snack cakes
000 Ratings



1 cup water
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 (1-ounce) bottle red food color


3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla


Eyes/Mouth: red cinnamon candies
Horns: black licorice twists, cut into triangles
Mustache/eyebrows: black decorator gel
Red decorator sugar
Beard: black decorator sugar*


Heat oven to 350°F.  Grease 15x10x1-inch baking pan; set aside.

Combine 1 cup butter, water and cocoa in 3-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat 6-7 minutes or until mixture just comes to a boil. Remove pan from heat; add flour, sugar and salt; mix well. Add sour cream, eggs and baking soda; beat at medium speed, scraping pan often, until well mixed. Add food color; continue beating until well mixed.

Spread batter into prepared pan.  Bake 19-21 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.

Cut cake into 5 (3-inch) rows, starting at 15-inch side. Cut through rows diagonally to create 25 (approximately 3 1/4-inch) equilateral triangles. Discard scrapes or eat as snack.

Combine all frosting ingredients except half & half in bowl. Beat at medium speed, adding enough half & half for desired spreading consistency.

Frost 1 triangle at a time; decorate to create devil face. Store in container with tight-fitting lid or cover with plastic food wrap.

*Substitute chocolate sprinkles for black decorator sugar.

Recipe Tip

- Black decorator gel is available in small tubes in the baking aisle of the supermarket.

- Cake can be cut into rectangles or squares and decorated as devil faces as well.

Nutrition Facts (1 snack cake)

Calories: 280

Fat: 13g

Cholesterol: 50mg

Sodium: 200mg

Carbohydrates: 41g

Dietary Fiber: 1g

Protein: 2g

Recipe #14413©2009Land O'Lakes, Inc.

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