Halloween 2023: October 7ᵗʰ – Chris’s Lost Halloween Schichttorte

Back in 2019, I created a spooky schichttorte for my cousins to enjoy on Halloween. The very next day I backed up the photos to an old flash drive, then lost the drive. I wrote last year that the images were lost, presuming them to be gone forever. But I recently uncovered the drive, so I’m posting them here before I lose them again. Click the pic to see my lost Halloween schichttorte!


This little bundle of pure adorableness is Olivia, a kid so cute that it’s almost impossible to believe she is related to me. Her little brother Oliver wasn’t really aware of what Halloween was yet, but Olivia was all about it.

This is the look of joy on a child’s face when she has not only been given permission to make a huge mess, but has been handed the instrument of destruction with which to accomplish the task.

And this was the look on Olivia’s face in particular when there was a camera pointed at anything that was not her. She was a ham and, hell or high water, she was GOING to be in that photo.

I don’t remember who did the carving for her, but this was her creation.

And this was mine. I had intended this frosting to have a cool purple and green swirl, but it ended up mixing far too much and turned into a slightly purplish grey. So I had to improvise.

I melted some chocolate and dropped it from a swirling fork until this emerged. I was just going for random striping, but it ended up looking like an overgrown thicket of dead vines. It reminded me of the deep woods in Pumpkinhead and Pet Sematary. I was very happy with it.

Let’s look inside.

Schichttortes are not baked, but broiled one layer at a time. It is a tedious process, and I don’t do it often, but I’ve done it often enough to experiment with many colors.

I’ve never made a traditional schichttorte. It is a recipe designed to dazzle, so I see no reason not to add a little color to the mix. I wasn’t thrilled with these colors. Not enough contrast. The next time I would darken one of the layers. Let’s see what my audience thought.

She didn’t seem to mind.

I didn’t realize she had finished her schichttorte. When I looked over her plate was empty and she was literally wrist deep in the tub of frosting. I was going to stop her, but what the hell. It’s Halloween. Go for it, kiddo.

Thanks for reading! But before you go, it’s time for the Skull Of The Day!

Today’s Skull Of The Day is Olivia’s mom, my beautiful and talented cousin Heather. Among her many skills is makeup artistry. She created the candy skull makeup we wore in a previous Halloween article. She was also kind enough to dig up a higher resolution image than the one I had, plus a few other pictures I didn’t even know existed! Enjoy!

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