Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, right behind Christmas and Thanksgiving, which are both tied for first right now. I love spooky and creepy things, and getting dressed up as a little kid was always just about the coolest thing ever. I was always a fan of dressing up, and that's something that hasn't changed. My mom would always make me an elaborate homemade costume, and I always thought my costume was the best there was. Combined with my epic costumes, the fact that I also lived in a neighborhood where people were super generous when it came to giving out trick or treat goodie bags meant that Halloween was always a really special time of year. I'm not dressing up this year, mostly because I just didn't have time to pull together a costume that met my standards, but I'm not without Halloween plans. I'll be watching scary movies in the dark and eating my weight in mini chocolate bars, which is just as good a plan as any.
I got into one of my layer-cake-making moods a couple of weeks ago, and rather than just bake a layer cake and get it out of my system, I decided to save it for Halloween. In theory, this meant that I would have had a long time to plan out my cake and decide how I wanted to decorate it, "in theory" being the key words there. I did spend a lot of time looking for inspiration, but I just couldn't settle on anything. I knew that I wanted to make a chocolate cake, because I don't think there's anything better than a perfectly moist chocolate cake, and also because the last two layer cakes I had made were of the buttermilk vanilla type (see here and here). Super dark, intense, almost black chocolate layer cakes were going to make it into my final halloween cake in one way or another. The decoration required a bit more thinking, and in the end, I ended up over-thinking it (because that always happens).