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This ghoulish cake with a scary monster face will have everyone saying "yuck" when they see it. But once they taste it, the response will definitely be "yum."

What you'll need:

What you'll do:

Make the two chocolate cake layers according to the recipe or the directions on the box.

While the cakes are baking, prepare the icing, substituting two teaspoons of vanilla extract for the lemon zest. Beat green food coloring in, drop by drop, until you achieve a suitably ghastly green color. (If you overdo it and the icing ends up kelly green, beat in a few drops of blue to make it murkier.)

Place one cake on a very large serving platter and ice the top. Place the other cake, top side down, on top of the first layer and ice the sides and then the top, smoothing the top as much as possible.

Start your decorating. Use the scary candy eyeballs for eyes, and fashion some bushy eyebrows from the crushed chocolate cookies. Chocolate chips become two nostrils (feel free to make a worm look as if it's coming out from underneath one). Then put the wax vampire teeth in place for a hideous mouth. For an especially disgusting effect, dribble a few drops of red food coloring out of the vampire mouth. The gummy worms are meant to be the monster's hair. Jam them into the top and sides of the cake, using a toothpick to make a hole if the cake is not cooperating!

We're absolutely sure your kids will have more ideas on how to not only add more candy to the monster's face, but also how to make it even spookier. Chill until tomb-like cold. Eat if you dare.

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