I know, I know. Two super sexy people, one beyond-adorable couple, and a mutual hobby and passion for… graveyards.
Wish I could say we really liked volunteering at soup kitchens or we have a burning passion for running marathons to fight cancer, but nope. It’s graveyards.
We like to take pictures there, or “picture adventures” as we lovingly call it. Sometimes, we’ll take our Saturday special sandwiches there to have lunch. Weird? Okay, yeah, sure. But awesome? You betcha!
There’s something peaceful (no duh, Hayley) about graveyards, something mysterious, and man, do they make an excellent backdrop for picture-taking.
Cobwebs and spirits and dead things, oh my!
We love graveyards. They are awesome. And I think we like to justify our love for them by pretending the spirits don’t mind that we’re taking pictures of their decrepit, dilapidated headstones. Some of those people have been dead for a loooong time!
And I’m sure those who’ve been deceased for, uh, hundreds of years, are probably really interested in human technological advances. Some may have never even seen a camera in their lifetime, much less had their picture taken! Now they can experience what it’s like to be photographed by a DLSR–and a slightly bored, way eccentric couple.
Here we are, making faces for the camera in an abandoned cemetery. Woo!
I always see fellow bloggers make yummy things with mini loaf pans, but I didn’t have any, so I went to Michael’s and got some Halloween ones for $1 each. Following my purchase, I had a genius idea, probably brought to me by an intelligent spirit at a graveyard or something, and I thought, why not make cute little graveyard cakes? What a splendidly spooky idea!
The mini loaf pans are the perfect size for a “grave”, plus I switched up the usual graveyard cakes I’ve seen around the web by making white chocolate candy skulls and using adorable bone sprinkles to make a skeleton’s grave.
Genius at work, obviously.
I got my skull candy mold at Michael’s for $4 in the Martha Stewart aisle. If you can’t find it, this mold is similar enough, or I’ve seen sprinkle skull candies (those sugar ones on a sheet of paper you find on the baking aisle at most grocery stores) as well, mostly at Walmart. And my bone sprinkles I picked up at Michael’s as well, for about $3.
Spooky Graveyard Brownie Cakes
1 box fudge brownie mix, plus ingredients on back of box
1 can chocolate frosting
About 1 cup oreo cookies, finely crushed
White chocolate candy melts or almond bark (about 1/2 bag)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease your mini loaf pans with cooking spray (this recipe yields 3 pans, but it’s so easy to double if needed) and set them on a rimmed baking sheet, for easy transportation in and out of oven. Set aside.
2. Prepare brownie batter according to package directions. Evenly portion it among your mini loaf pans and bake approx. 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely.
3. Meanwhile, prepare your candy skulls (if using). Melt candy bark according to package directions, decreasing time accordingly to melt half the bag. Pour melted candy into a piping bag or a sealed ziploc, snip off a corner, and pipe it evenly into each skull cavity. If needed, smooth the chocolate out with a butter knife. Allow to set, about 15-20 minutes. You can put it in the fridge to speed up the process. Skulls will pop out just fine; you do NOT need to grease your candy mold!
4. Once brownie cakes are cooled, spread the tops with chocolate frosting. Then, sprinkle the frosted cakes with crushed cookie “dirt.” Make it look uneven, so it looks somewhat realistic. Sprinkle on your bone sprinkles, or form a skeleton pattern with them. Then, pop out your candy skulls and set them at the top of each loaf pan.
Tada! SO EASY.
The best part about these is that they’re really versatile. If you don’t want to make the chocolate skulls, omit them. If you’d rather use stuff to make ghosts, do those. Make tombstones from cookies, like Nutter Butters. Use your imagination!
These would be really fun to make with kids if you have them–get them involved in the decorating process since they’re so simple to make and decorate. I tried to invite my sister to decorate with me, but she just gave me a weird look and walked away.
Happy Halloween, and thanks for watching and stopping by!