I love this time of year, with the leaves changing colors and Halloween, one of my favorite holidays. People want interesting cakes for Halloween also. The lastest cake I did was a coffin cake. I found a picture similar to this one on the internet, except changed the colors to a dark chocolate. I have found that I can get a really dark chocolate, resembling black, using Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa. I used to use black piping jel for outlining or when I needed black, but it tasted nasty and was difficult to use. Now I use buttercream made from the dark cocoa for all of my black. Tastes great, and handles much easier too.