Creepy Crawly Coffee Cake for a #Halloween #HolidayFoodParty

Halloween decorating

I’ve got these two cool dudes just hanging around my house.

I admit – I put up all my Halloween decorations on the first day of October. We’ve entered my favourite time of year, people. From now until January, it’s all about partying and eating and holidays. Wahoo! What better way to kick off the season of eating than with a holiday food party? I’m getting together with my favourite bloggers to bring you tantalizingly terrifying treats for Halloween.
Halloween Holiday Food Party
When I was young, I wasn’t allowed to go trick or treating. I never had costumes except the ones I would create from the stuff we had at home (I went to school as a “gypsy” more times than I’d have liked). I would be the kid at the door handing out candy to all the happy children in their amazing store bought costumes. Regardless, I always enjoyed this holiday. I remember carving pumpkins in elementary school. Being excited for the Halloween parties our teachers would throw for us. Watching Halloween specials on tv, especially the Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episodes.

Now that I have a house to decorate, I’ve gone a little buck wild. I started buying decorations in late August. And I can’t freaking wait to dress up and give out candy on Halloween night. When I was still living in my condo, I used to drive home to my parent’s house on Halloween to give out candy. Sadly, they would only get around 5-10 trick or treaters, which is pretty lame. There are lots of kids in my neighbourhood so I’m expecting a crowd this year.

The Husband and I take our costumes pretty seriously too. We spent a month making these Transformer costumes out of cardboard a few years ago.
Transformer Halloween Costumes
I ambitiously tried making my Halloween dessert contribution as awesome looking as those costumes, but I wasn’t as successful. No sweat, because this creepy crawly coffee cake was absolutely delicious!

Creepy crawly coffee cake |

A toddler using it’s feet would’ve drawn better spiderwebs and spiders than me!

Coffee Cake (adapted from The Pioneer Woman)

1 cup butter
3 tbsp instant espresso powder
1 cup boiling water
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup cake flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs
1 tbsp vanilla

Preheat the oven to 330 degrees F. Line two 8 inch cake pans with parchment paper and grease liberally with butter.

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the espresso powder and boiling coffee. Set aside.

Mix the flours, sugars, salt and baking soda in a large bowl. Pour the butter mixture into the flour mixture and stir together.

In a medium bowl, mix the buttermilk, eggs and vanilla. Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour/butter mixture and stir until combined.

Pour the batter into the two pans. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Begin checking the cake at 20 minutes because you don’t want to over bake it. If a cake tester comes out clean, remove the pans from the oven. Allow to cool in the pans for 20 minutes before removing.
Creepy crawly coffee cake |
Faux Mocha Mousse

8 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
2 cups whipping cream plus 2/3 cup whipping cream
2 tbsp instant espresso powder

Place the fine chopped chocolate into a large heat-proof bowl.

Heat the 2/3 cup whipping cream in a saucepan over medium low heat. Once the cream is simmering, add the espresso powder and mix until fully incorporated into the cream. Pour the hot cream over-top of the chocolate and stir until all the chocolate has melted. Set aside to cool completely.

Whip the 2 cups whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Carefully fold the whipped cream into the melted chocolate until fully combined. Store the mousse in the fridge until it’s time to assemble the cake.
Creepy crawly coffee cake |
Coffee Cream Cheese Whipped Cream Frosting

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 package cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp espresso powder
1 cup whipped cream (homemade or store-bought)

In the bowl of your stand mixer or in a large bowl with an electric hand mixer, cream the butter and cream cheese together until light and fluffy. Add the espresso powder and mix until combined. Slowly add the powdered sugar and mix until combined. Fold in the whipped cream. Store the frosting in the fridge until it’s time to assemble the cake.

Creepy crawly coffee cake |

Is it time to eat? I’m skin ‘n bones…er…make that just bones.

Cake Assembly:

A few notes before we start. The frosting and mousse are fairly light and soft, so this isn’t the greatest travelling cake. I brought this to a party and I froze the cake after I had assembled it to make sure it wouldn’t slide apart in the car.

Cut the two cakes in half to create four layers. Fill the layers with the mocha mousse. Freeze the cake until it’s stable enough to frost. Cover the outside of the cake with the coffee cream cheese whipped cream frosting. You can add chocolate decorations as I did or leave it unadorned. Seriously though, the creepier the cake looks the better!

Creepy crawly coffee cake |

The Husband getting ready to dig in. He’s kinda let himself go.

This cake is ridiculously moist ‘n fluffy, with a very pronounced coffee flavour (exactly what I was going for). I made sure that none of the different components were too sweet and they complimented each other perfectly. There’s a lovely tang from the cream cheese and the frosting and mousse are lovely ‘n light combined with the toothsome cake.
Creepy crawly coffee cake |
What are your plans for Halloween? Are you as excited as I am? If so, make sure you visit all of my amazing friends for some creepy ‘n delicious Halloween treat inspiration:

  1. Mini Pumpkin Oreo Cheesecakes from Chocolate Moosey
  2. Liquid Ghost Halloween Cocktail from Pineapple and Coconut
  3. Peanut Butter White Chocolate Popcorn from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
  4. Nutty Peanut Buttery Caramel Apples from Hungry Couple
  5. Creepy Crawly Coffee Cake from gotta get baked
  6. Chocolate Sugar Cookies from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
  7. Baked Chocolate Donuts with Pumpkin Bourbon Glaze from Crumb
  8. Count Chocula Peanut Butter Marshmallow Treats from Cupcakes and Kale Chips
  9. Devil’s Wing Sauce from Magnolia Days
  10. Spider Web Cookie Cake from That Skinny Chick Can Bake

31 thoughts on “Creepy Crawly Coffee Cake for a #Halloween #HolidayFoodParty

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  5. You are SO fun, Nancy!!! I want to trick or treat with you…well, as long as you make me a costume! Your cake looks awesome to me!! All those layers of deliciousness make it one irresistible Halloween dessert!!!

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  8. those transformer costumers are epic!! Michael has always taken costumes very seriously and I think we’re doing a group thing with his siblings this year (humunculi from Full Metal Alchemist–essentially the 7 deadly sins. I’ve been assigned lust….lol) This cake is soooo pretty and I love that it’s an actual COFFEE cake! 😛

  9. Nancy, dude the Transformer costumes are rad!!! you guys made those?! and no worries on the spiders and webs. . I think they look great!!! Love that you guys got together for this Halloween holiday food party!!!

  10. OK, so I totally laughed out loud when I saw the skeleton with his fork. Like, literally. Loud enough to scare the cat off my lap.
    Your cake decorating won’t win any awards, but it’s still pretty amazing, all things considered. Plus anything made with mocha and chocolate can’t ever be bad, as far as I’m concerned.

  11. Oh Nancy your posts always make me smile! Love the cake, the costume, and that photo at the end is simply AWESOME!!

  12. This entire post, starting from that awesome photo of your hanging guests, is epic and fabulous. You and I would have so much fun together if we were neighbors. And when it comes to coffee cake, I just want to shove it in my mouth as fast as possible!

  13. AAAH that last photo made me scream with laughter haha my mum rushed into my room 😛 😛
    LOVE LOVE your cake, it is so cool! And a fabulous post, absolutely love your blog all over again!

    Choc Chip Uru

  14. Okay, so if anyone could get me the mood to celebrate Halloween and dress up clearly it’s going to be you. Say what you will your chocolate spider webs are still better than anything I could manage. Plus you have cake, it’s really a double win here. Plus I can’t believe you guys made those costumes yourselves!

  15. I don’t understand why I’m not up there celebrating with the most awesome Halloweener I know. I really don’t. Those costumes NAILED IT, by the way, and your cake is perfectly creepy crawly–what an awesome way to celebrate! Can you come decorate my place? Goodness knows I need to do something with it, and somehow I just don’t think the Sailor Moon posters create the same mood…

  16. OMG Nancy, those transformers costumes are so awesome!!! I busted out laughing too about your husband comment “letting himself go”!! Bahahaha! That cake with the coffee flavor…wow…I have never had a cake made with coffee as the flavor and dang, I need to create one now…looks so amazing and delicous. I love your decorations and I love Halloween too…it’s such a fun Holiday! I have no idea what my little girl will be this year (she was Audrey Hepburn last year)……I guess we better decide pretty soon!

  17. Nancy, I absolutely love this post, and for so many reasons. Those cardboard cut-outs of a transformer are pretty epic, and so is this cake. You’re right, ’tis the season for stuffing your face with food and booze–it really is the best! I love that you took a picture of the skull indulging. You are so clever!

  18. I think I’m the only person who isn’t excited for Halloween. I mean, I have a few decorations up like a decoy black cat looking out at the street, but nothing too exciting. Since I live in an apartment complex, I’m not expecting to hand out candy either. Parents only get about 10-15 kids, so I’m not bothering to go over. Looks like I may need a slice of this cake to put me in the Halloween mood!

  19. Hi, just to clarify, in the cake ingredients you call for baking “soda,” but in the directions you state baking “powder,” please specify which & in directions, you said to add espresso powder & boiling coffee, you mean boiling water, or boil the mixture?! Please specify there too. Cake sounds great, I’m just want to get it right. Oh & how does the alternative Coffee Cream Cheese Whipped Cream Frosting taste if we don’t use the whipped cream, since it’s too slippery & doesn’t travel well. Let me know. Thanks & happy baking!

  20. I SO wish we lived closer! Most of our friends don’t really dress up for Halloween unless they have kids and then they do a cutesy family costume. I always feel like we’re the freaks going all out! Those Transformer costumes are EPIC! I’m so impressed. We definitely need to be better at planning, because usually we’re running around trying to find something at thrift stores at the last minute. Oh, and also, I’m going to need a bowl of that mocha mousse and a spoon. Can we arrange that?

  21. First – the costumes are fabulous but second, that cake looks wonderful and the addition of coffee in the icing is just what it needs. Your little chocolate characters are adorable Nancy!

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