1Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two 8″ round cake pans with baking spray or extra shortening.
In a large bowl, cream together shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing thoroughly after each addition until egg has fully incorporated and mixture is again light and fluffy.
In a small bowl, make a paste of the cocoa powders and food coloring. Add this to the creamed mixture in the bowl, and mix thoroughly.
In a measuring jug, mix salt, vanilla extract and buttermilk. In a small bowl, measure out flour, and whisk it well to aerate.
Alternate adding the buttermilk mixture and whisked flour to the creamed mixture until all are incorporated well.
Measure out baking soda in a bowl, and then add vinegar – be prepared that this will foam up a bit.
Immediately add it to cake batter, folding it in with a rubber spatula. Do NOT mix with an electric or stand mixer after adding the vinegar-soda mixture.
Pour batter in equal parts into each pan, and bake for approximately 22-25 minutes, checking often after 22 minutes for a toothpick to remove cleanly when inserted into the center of each cake.
Allow to cool completely.
2BUTTERSCOTCH PUDDING Directions
Pour butterscotch pudding mix, food coloring and four cups of cold milk into a large bowl. Using an electric mixer, whisk for for approximately 4 minutes, until pudding starts to thicken and you have reached desired color (add more of whichever color you think you need to reach the shade you want now). Place in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes, or until ready to assemble the trifle.
3FRESH WHIPPED CREAM Directions
Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix with an electric or stand mixer until the cream forms stiff peaks. Refrigerate any unused portion in an airtight container for 1-2 days.
4To assemble the Black Velvet Halloween
Break cooled cakes into large chunks either by hand or by chopping with a knife – 1″x1″� chunks are fine. Mix in approximately 1 cup of candy corn, using a fork to distribute.
Spoon well chilled butterscotch pudding directly on top of cake, smoothing with a spoon or spatula. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate if not serving immediately.
Just before serving, spoon freshly whipped and sweetened cream directly on top of pudding and garnish with more candy corn.