Halloween Lambeth Coffin Cake

Halloween Cakes are something I have enjoy making every year… I always have something in mind and it always ends up looking like something else 😀 

This is a mix of the 2022 trend of Lambeth – Vintage style piping with a touch of gothic and creepy vibes. The recipe for this cake is a mix mash of my other Halloween cakes. Halloween Lambeth cake is a super fudge-y Devil’s chocolate cake filled with chocolate fudge frosting and a rich caramel-ey dulche de leche. 

Lambeth Coffin Cake_Dulche Filling

Halloween Lambeth Coffin Cake

  • Devil’s Chocolate Cake (Coffin Shape) : A moist dark chocolate cake, baked on a half sheet pan (18×13″) and cut to fit these measurements using a knife. Recipe of Devil’s Chocolate cake used is from Devil’s Chocolate Fudge Cake : Murder House Halloween Cake.

Dark chocolate fudge frosting:

slice of halloween cake

Lambeth Piping details with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:  

  • The new trend of this whole vintage style heavily detailed buttercream piping on the cake. I tried to keep it sort of minimal but extra as this obviously adds a whole lot of extra sweetness on to the cake, which is something I don’t prefer. 
    • for the outline piping, I used a wilton 32 open star tip and Americolor black -buttercream
    • for the dots and swirls, I used a wilton 5 round tip and Americolor black- buttercream
    • for the vines, I used a wilton 2 round tip and Americolor moss green – Buttercream
    • for the flowers, I used a 67 petal tip and Americolor black – buttercream  (I did want to do a more brown – “dead” vines and flowers but should have planned better for all that and I think it turned out pretty ok) 😀 

Candy Skulls:

  • I used black Candy melts and silicone skull molds which can be found on amazon. 

Dulce De Leche Filling:

  • Dulche de leche filling, the most luscious filling a cake can have. I absolutely love this and can eat by the spoonfuls. The made from scratch version takes a little time but definitely worth making it but store bought is also just perfectly fine. 

Lambeth Coffin Cake

Halloween Lambeth Coffin Cake : layers of devils chocolate cake coffin shaped, fudge frosting, filled with dulche de leche and candy skulls

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 2 hours
Servings 8


Devil's Chocolate cake (½ sheet pan - 18x13")

  • 1 portion Devil's Chocolate cake batter

Chocolate Fudge Frosting

  • 1 portion Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Dulche de leche filling

  • 1 can condensed milk

Candy skulls

  • 1 chocolate full skull (optional)
  • 4 chocolate side skull (optional)

Buttercream frosting for the lambeth piping

  • 150 gm salted butter (room temperature) 1 ¼ stick
  • 200 gm Icing sugar 1½ cups
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tsp milk
  • food colouring - moss green, black


Devil's Chocolate cake (½ sheet pan - 18x13")

  1. Follow the recipe link in the post above for the cake batter. Preheat the oven to 180° c/ 350° F.

  2. Grease and line the half baking sheet and pour the batter into the pan. Bake for about 25 mins and its springy to touch.

  3. Let the cake cool and come to room temperature.

Dulche de leche filling

  1. Remove the sticker off the condensed milk can. In a large pot filled with water, drop the condensed milk can.

  2. Let it boil for 3-4 hours on medium heat, make sure the water level is never below the height of the can.

  3. After a few hours, remove the can out of the water after it has cooled down. You can open the can and scoop it into another cleaned bottle. Dulche de leche can be stored upto 3 weeks in clean disinfected bottle.

Chocolate Fudge Frosting

  1. Follow the instruction from the recipe linked above. Chocolate Fudge Frosting can be also frozen for a couple of weeks.

Buttercream frosting for the lambeth piping

  1. In a bowl fitted with a paddle attachment on a stand mixer. Add the butter and ⅓ of the icing sugar into the bowl and cream on low speed.

  2. Add the vanilla and another portion of the icing sugar.

  3. Finally the last portion of the icing sugar and milk, whisk for a 3-4 minutes on medium speed.

  4. Separate the buttercream into 2 portions: 1 portion for the green vines (2 -2 tbsps of buttercream and few drops of green) , the rest with black food colouring.

Assembly of the cake

  1. for the cake layers: cut the cake using the template of the coffin (picture above with dimensions) you will get about 3 x 1.5 inch thick cakes.

  2. On a cake board, add a dollop of fudge frosting. Add the frosting ina. piping bag and using an offset spatula add a thin of frosting and also pipe a dam around the cake like a dam.

  3. Fill the cake with dulche de leche filling and add another layer of the cake and repeat. Place the final layer and coat the cake with a layer of chocolate fudge frosting.

  4. Using the black buttercream with an open star tip, pipe around the border of the cake on the top and the side of the cake.

  5. Using the black buttercream on a round tip, pipe semi circles and dots around the cake as in picture. You can try other styles of border piping, pinterest is your rabbit hole for that.

  6. Add the vines (I would love to see someone try more the brown "dead" vine look, ,maybe i will redo it next year 😀 ) Add the black roses/ flowers on top.

  7. place the candy skulls strategically where you want them to be. Lastly I crumbled a bunch of offcuts for some "grave dirt" around the cake.

  8. Enjoy the spooky creation.

Lambeth Coffin Cake_dulche de filling



Lambeth Coffin Cake_Dulche Filling


Happy Baking and Happy Halloween 


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