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Halloween Candy Carrot Cake

Carrot cake, chocolate cream cheese frosting, and candy all add up to one dynamite cake.

Serves 12
Ready in 60 mins
Prep time 30 mins
Cooking time 30 mins
777 calories per serving


> 1 (21.4 oz) box carrot cake mix
> ½ cup vegetable oil
> 3 large eggs
> 1 ¼ cups carrot juice
> ½ cup shredded coconut
> ½ cup chopped walnuts
> 3 oz 72% dark chocolate
> 1 (16 oz) container cream cheese frosting
> 5 (3 oz) Kit Kat Chocolate Bars
> ¼ cup Halloween M&Ms
> ¼ cup Halloween Reese's Pieces
> Baking spray


Preheat oven to 350°F. Following package instructions, make the cake using the vegetable oil and eggs. Replace the water with carrot juice. Fold the shredded coconut and chopped walnuts into the batter. Spray 2 (9-inch) round cake pans liberally with baking spray and divide the batter evenly between the pans. Bake according to package directions.
To make the frosting, bring 1 inch of water in a saucepan to a simmer. Place a heatproof bowl over the simmering water and add the chocolate. Stir for 3–4 min. or until melted. Remove from heat and add frosting. Mix until well-combined. Remove the cakes from the oven and cool 10 min. on a baking rack. Remove cakes from pans and let cool completely.
Frost the top of one cake layer with about ½ cup frosting and set the other half on top. Frost the top and sides of the cake with the remaining frosting. Arrange the KitKat bars along the side of the cake, trimming if they are too tall. Decorate the top with M&Ms and Reese’s Pieces.

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