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Spooky and Adorable: Halloween Character Butter Cake

Hey there, fellow kitchen witches and ghouls! Halloween is creeping closer, and it's the perfect time to whip up some frighteningly delicious treats. Today, we're conjuring up a Halloween Character Butter Cake that's not only spine-tinglingly tasty but also a delightful way to showcase your creative flair. Get ready to craft your own edible Halloween masterpiece!

Ingredients:

For the Cake:

- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

- 1/2 teaspoon salt

- 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened

- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

- 4 large eggs

- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

- 1 cup whole milk

For the Buttercream Frosting:

- 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened

- 4 cups powdered sugar

- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

- Assorted gel food coloring (for character decorations)

Instructions:

1. Set the Stage:

- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a rectangular cake pan, and line it with parchment paper. This will help you easily lift the cake out later.

2. Mix the Dry Ensemble:

- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set this floury blend aside.

3. Brew the Cake Batter:

- In a large mixing cauldron (or bowl), combine the softened butter and granulated sugar. Cream them together until the mixture is fluffy and otherworldly.

4. Summon the Eggs and Vanilla:

- Beat in the eggs one at a time, ensuring each is well incorporated before adding the next. Then, stir in the vanilla extract.

5. Combine Dry and Wet Realms:

- Gradually add the dry ingredient mixture to the wet ingredients, alternating with the milk. Begin and end with the dry mixture. Mix until just combined; don't overmix.

6. Bake the Cake Spell:

- Pour your bewitching batter into the prepared cake pan. Smooth the top and tap the pan on the counter a few times to release any trapped air bubbles.

- Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let your cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.

7. Craft the Character:

- While the cake cools, prepare your buttercream frosting. In a separate mixing cauldron, whip the softened butter until it's light and fluffy. Gradually add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract, continuing to mix until you have a smooth and creamy frosting.

- Divide the frosting into small bowls and tint it with assorted gel food coloring to create the colors you need for your Halloween characters.

8. Bring Characters to Life:

- Once your cake is cool, it's time to let your creativity flow! Use your colored frostings to decorate the cake with Halloween-themed characters, such as ghosts, pumpkins, witches, or mummies. You can pipe the frosting or use small fondant cutouts to craft your characters.

9. Share the Magic:

- Once your Halloween Character Butter Cake is adorned with your edible art, it's ready to be served. Slice it up and share it with fellow Halloween enthusiasts, or keep it all to yourself if you dare!

This Halloween Character Butter Cake is not only a treat for the taste buds but also a canvas for your culinary imagination. So, put on your apron and chef's hat, and let's create a spine-tingling masterpiece that will enchant all who gather around your cauldron (or dining table) this Halloween! 🎃🍰👻

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