Ultimate Halloween Cake: Chocolatey Red Velvet

Recipe c/o Waitrose.

Ultimate Halloween Cake: Chocolatey Red Velvet. Happy Friday 🙂 Hello friends. So are you looking for some Halloween recipes today? In particular a Halloween cake?

Do you fancy making this ultimate Halloween cake? So today I am sharing a step-by-step guide.

This spooktacular dessert is sure to cast a spell on your taste buds and add a ghoulishly delightful touch to your Halloween celebrations. Sink into a slice of sweet darkness!

This chocolatey red velvet cake is also a real showstopper. It would make a great addition to your party food this Halloween, Especially as a table centrepiece.

Table Of Contents:

  1. Firstly, Ultimate Halloween Cake: Chocolatey Red Velvet Ingredients.
  2. Secondly, Ultimate Halloween Cake: Chocolatey Red Velvet Method.
  3. Thirdly, Other Recipe Ideas.
Ultimate Halloween Cake: Chocolatey Red Velvet

How To Make An Ultimate Halloween Cake:

Indulge in the ultimate Halloween treat with this Chocolatey Red Velvet Cake! Sink your teeth into layers of rich, devilishly dark chocolate and blood-red velvet, perfectly paired with a yummy cream cheese frosting.

Preparation time: 40 minutes, plus cooling and setting
Cooking time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Total time: 1 hour 50 minutes, plus cooling and setting

Serves: 12-14


  • 200g salted butter at room temperature, plus extra for greasing
  • 350g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 ½ tbsp cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp fine sea salt
  • 375g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 284ml carton buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 x 10g packs Dr Oetker red gel food colour

Cream Cheese Filling:

  • 120g salted butter at room temperature
  • Also 120g Philadelphia soft cheese
  • And 120g of icing sugar

Chocolate Icing:

  • 300ml carton double cream
  • 250g dark chocolate (70% cocoa), roughly chopped
  • 1½ tbsp liquid glucose
  • 50g white chocolate, roughly chopped
Ultimate Halloween Cake: Chocolatey Red Velvet

Ultimate Halloween Cake: Chocolatey Red Velvet Method:

Here is how to make one to share:

  1. Step One: Firstly, preheat the oven to 170˚C, gas mark 3. Grease the base and sides of a 23cm springform cake tin and line with baking parchment. So sift together all the dry ingredients except the sugar; set aside. Using electric beaters, cream the butter and sugar for 1 minute. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition, then beat in the vanilla. Beat in ¼ the dry ingredients, then 1/3 the buttermilk and repeat, until fully combined. Mix the vinegar and food colouring together; beat into the mixture. Scrape into the tin and spread until level; tap the tin on the work surface to knock out any air bubbles. Bake for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Set on a wire rack and leave to cool completely in the tin.
  2. Step Two: Secondly, make the creamy filling. For the filling, use electric beaters to beat together the butter, soft cheese and icing sugar. Remove the cake from the tin and cut horizontally into 3 even layers (use a serrated knife). Take the bottom layer and place it on a baking sheet, spread with ½ the filling, then repeat with the middle layer of cake and the remainder of the filling; top with the final layer of cake. Leave to set in the fridge for 20-30 minutes.

Step Three:


  • Step Three: For the icing, melt the cream, chocolate and glucose together in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water (making sure the base of the bowl doesn’t touch the water). Melt the white chocolate in another bowl using the same method and pour it into a small piping bag.
  • Step Four: Fourthly, invert the cake onto a wire rack so there is a flat surface for the icing; set it over a tray to catch the drips. Working quickly, pour the dark chocolate icing over the middle of the cake. With a palette knife, use long strokes to push the icing over the sides to create an even coating over the whole cake.
  • Step Five: Starting slightly off centre, pipe a white chocolate spiral from the centre of the cake out to the edges (the tighter the lines, the more dramatic the effect). Take a cocktail stick and, starting from the centre, pull it through the white chocolate to the outside. Repeat, working around the cake, to create a spider’s web effect (see our Food Editor’s Top 5 page for more tips). Let the icing set for about 20-30 minutes. To store, keep refrigerated, and bring to room temperature before eating.
Chocolatey Red Velvet

Ultimate Halloween Cake: Chocolatey Red Velvet:

*(Updated Post)*. First published here on the 19th of October 2017. Ultimate Halloween Cake Recipe c/o: For more Halloween inspiration, please visit Waitrose & Partners/Halloween.

Do you like the look of this cake? As well as wanting to try it right now, like me? Ultimate Halloween Cake: Chocolatey Red Velvet:

Chocolatey Red Velvet

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Ultimate Halloween Cake: Chocolatey Red Velvet:

Thanks for stopping by today. Are you a fan of Halloween? I like Halloween but loved it when the children were younger. We always used to dress up and made party food. Good times. Maybe mostly for the fun party food as well as the cake!? Ha!

So what do you think about this chocolate Halloween cake? Do you fancy making one? Because I could just eat a slice right now. If so why not follow along so you never miss a post? So remember you can also share your thoughts here too in the comments below because we would love to read them.

Also if you are looking for any more fun recipes, hit the Halloween tags. Also here are the latest posts from the blog. Finally, I hope you like this post. Great with a glass of milk! Because cake goes perfectly with milk, doesn’t it? As well as a nice cup of tea 😉 You might also like: Nottinghamshire Pick Your Own Pumpkins?

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  1. 19 October 2021 / 16:32

    Wonderful recipe and photography Claire! I’m delighted to feature your post this week at our Tuesday Turn About Link Party. Hope to see you there!

    • 20 October 2021 / 07:48

      Thanks so much for the feature and stopping by 🙂

  2. Alexandra
    14 October 2019 / 12:49

    Can never go wrong with a chocolate cake! I really like the webbing effect. I was watching some videos over the weekend to see how this was achieved, and now I want to try it!

  3. Heather
    11 October 2019 / 14:17

    That is the perfect Halloween cake!

  4. La Table De Nana
    30 October 2017 / 15:34

    It is gorgeous!

  5. Sarah
    30 October 2017 / 04:19

    Yum! Thanks for sharing. I hope to make this one!

    • 22 November 2017 / 11:11

      Let us know how it goes Sarah 🙂

  6. Jas @ All that's Jas
    30 October 2017 / 02:10

    What a gorgeous cake and I bet super delicious too. Pinned!

    • 22 November 2017 / 11:09

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  7. Angie The Freckled Rose
    29 October 2017 / 20:04

    Hello Claire! This looks absolutely beautiful and super delicious. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Dishing It & Digging It & congratulations on being featured this week!

    • 22 November 2017 / 11:07

      Thanks so much for the feature Angie 🙂

  8. Miz Helen
    23 October 2017 / 16:48

    Your Ultimate Halloween Cake is fantastic and I just pinned it! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back to see us real soon!Miz Helen

    • 22 November 2017 / 11:04

      Thanks for hosting and stopping by Miz Helen 🙂

  9. Kat BakingExplorer
    23 October 2017 / 12:53

    Wow this is gorgeous!

    • 22 December 2017 / 11:02

      Thanks for stopping by Kat

  10. Judee@gluten Free A-Z Blog
    22 October 2017 / 10:39

    Wow ! that would make a gorgeous presentation for a Halloween party

    • 22 December 2017 / 11:01

      Thanks for the comment Judee 🙂

  11. Heather{Our Life In a Click}
    19 October 2017 / 12:02

    That is a gorgeous cake!

    • 22 October 2017 / 10:59

      Thanks for stopping by Heather 🙂