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Poor Unfortunate Souls Cake

I like Halloween. But I don't like scary things. That's weird, I know. I can do suspense, but I don't like anything that will make me look under my bed before I climb in it, or make me hide all of my daughter's dolls. I can't do movies with dolls at all.

So, why on earth would I agree to watch a scary movie with some of my friends? It's because they are my friends that happen to like scary movies and I'm an awesome supportive friend...even if it's going to scare the sleep right out of me. Friends do crazy stuff like that.

I agreed to bring dessert. In the 11th hour, the day had gotten away from me and I didn't think I would be able to make anything. I went to bed a bit disappointed in myself because I really had something cool in mind. At some point in my sleep, after I had sweet dreams of LaKeith Stanfield asking me to marry him, my mind gave me a vision of an alternate version of what I wanted. I baked a chocolate Bundt cake, covered it in ganache and added some appropriate candy decorations. EASY. So easy in fact, that I could do it before I was scheduled to be at work.

I named this Poor Unfortunate Souls because it looks like some souls definitely were tortured. And I sang the song while I was decorating it. Hopefully my friends will enjoy it!

To pull this off, make your favorite chocolate Bundt or pound cake. When you take the cake out of the oven, make the ganache. Have the sprinkles/decorations ready when you pour on the ganache!

For the ganache, I like to use a 1:1 ratio of chocolate and heavy whipping cream. Add 1/3 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips to a bowl. In a heat safe cup (I use a coffee cup), pour 1/3 cup of heavy whipping cream. Microwave at 30 second intervals until the cream is hot - be careful not to let it boil over! Use an oven mitt or pot holder to remove the cup from the microwave. Pour the cream over the chocolate and let it sit for 3 minutes. This will allow the cream to heat the chocolate, and allow the magic to happen. After 3 minutes, stir the mixture until it's smooth. Pour it over the cake, being sure to cover as much of the surface as you can. Carefully add the decorations. Allow the cake to cool completely before covering it. you don't want it to steam and all of your decorations slide off!

Check your local craft stores for a variety of sprinkles and candy decorations!

I plan on stuffing this cake in my mouth every time something scary happens during this movie!
Do you celebrate Halloween? If so, what are your favorite things to do?



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