Hauntingly Delicious Halloween Cakes

From creepy and crawly to cute and crafty, we've got all of the Halloween cakes to take your party to the next level.

September 07, 2021

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Black Magic Cake

This deep, dark chocolate cake is the perfect canvas for an eerie holiday dessert. Top it with a spider web or a mummy made from melted and stretched marshmallows.

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Cake Pop Brains

Ruby chocolate is the perfect coating for these brains, but any color candy melting wafers work just as well if you want a silly rather than scary vibe. You can use a homemade recipe or store-bought cake mix for the red velvet cake.

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Marshmallow Web Ghost Cake

Stretching sticky, melted marshmallows into webs might be the best Halloween trick yet. Finish this haunted cake with ghosts made out of piped buttercream frosting.

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Matcha Monster Bundt Cake

We only have eyes for Molly’s creepy Bundt cake. She combines melted white chocolate, matcha powder and coconut cake to achieve the ghoulishly green glaze that’s decorated with Halloween candies.

Get the Recipe: Matcha Monster Bundt Cake

Cauldron Cake

There's no magic potion in this cauldron - it's a chocolate cake! To create the edible pot, trim a four-layer cake, leaving a wide lip around the edge. We frosted the whole thing black, then added doughnut handles and gummy-candy flames. That bubbling green stuff on top is just lime gelatin.

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Cake Eyeballs

Ree’s cake eyeballs are the perfect bite-size treat for a Halloween party. Make sure the cake balls are completely firm before coating them with melted chocolate — if not, you’ll be up to your eyeballs in crumbs!

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Candy Bucket Cake

It’s no tricks, all treats with this candy bucket cake. To make the edible bucket, trim a one-inch circle from the top of the cake. Fill the hole with your favorite candy, then add licorice handles. We’re willing to bet it’s the sweetest dessert at the party.

Get the Recipe: Candy Bucket Cake

Stuffed Candy Corn Cake

Not only does this festive bull's-eye cake slice up into pieces that look like giant candy corns, the inside holds a secret cache of the treats themselves that spill forth when you open it up.

Get the Recipe: Stuffed Candy Corn Cake

Chocolate-Pumpkin Crepe Cake

Looking for a dessert that’s more stylish than scary? With paper-thin crepe layers, a smooth pumpkin filling and a rich chocolate ganache, this elegant cake is sure to be a showstopper.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate-Pumpkin Crepe Cake

Halloween Cake Pops

It's scary how adorable these festive Halloween cake pops are! You can easily switch up the decorations--these are just four of our favorites --so choose whatever combination works for you.

Get the Recipe: Halloween Cake Pops

Eyeball Cheesecake

Set your sights on this scary no-bake cheesecake for your next Halloween party. We used canned lychees and blueberries to create bloodshot eyes that are set in a boozy cranberry gelatin.

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Hidden Horror Black Widow Cake

This takes the cake for the most twisted dessert. Luckily, it's also delicious.

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No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Brain

Spook your friends and serve a delicious brain on Halloween. This no-bake strawberry cheesecake made in a plastic mold looks hauntingly real. Top it with fruit syrup "blood" and you've got the scariest dessert in town.

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Frankenstein Cheesecakes

These little monsters are scary cute. As an added bonus, they are prepared in individual jars, so there’s no need to worry about doling up dessert during the Monster Mash.

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Eyeball Lava Cake

This eyeball cake is the stuff of Halloween nightmares: When you slice into it, a gush of raspberry jam flows out.

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Pull-Apart Graveyard Cupcake Cake

This haunted graveyard looks like a cake, but it’s actually made up of individual cupcakes, making it the perfect self-serve party option. Just grab your cupcake and go — no knives necessary.

Pull-Apart Graveyard Cupcake Cake: Pull-Apart Graveyard Cupcakes

Halloween Strawberry Shortcake Skull Cake

We topped elegant strawberry shortcake with a ghoulish white chocolate skull in this spectacular Halloween dessert. Pour over the hot strawberry sauce to reveal the surprise inside!

Get the Recipe: Halloween Strawberry Shortcake Skull Cake

Spider Cake Pops

These creepy-crawly cake pops are the perfect addition to your Halloween snack table. To make the legs on these little critters, cut black licorice into short pieces and stick them on with melted chocolate.

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Spiced Caramel Roulade with Ginger Cream

A seasonal spice cake is rolled around a sweet, zingy filling to create this beautiful dessert. For extra flair, use Halloween cookie cutters as an outline for a confectioners’ sugar and cinnamon design.

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Black Chocolate Cake

The perfect dessert for Halloween: a layer cake that’s black as night.

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Bloody Cheesecake Bars with Broken Glass Caramel

Here’s a tip for crystal-clear caramel that looks just like glass: don’t stir the sugar once it starts to boil. If you do, it can crystalize and appear cloudy.

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Chocolate Cake in a Pumpkin

Strange but true: You can bake a chocolate cake right in a pumpkin — and it tastes delicious!

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Blood Orange Curd

The killer idea comes from California-based baker Karl Fong, who won last season’s Halloween Baking Championship with a bleeding zombie cake. Just make the recipe below and spoon it over a store-bought cake for a scary-simple Halloween treat.

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Mini Pumpkin Spice Cakes with Orange Glaze

Sandra’s super-simple pumpkins are a piece of cake. She starts with a boxed spice cake mix, then melts white chocolate and food coloring to create an orange glaze.

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Chocolate-Orange Cake Pops

Giada’s cute cake pops are perfectly portioned for your Halloween guests. Serve them at your party or wrap them in decorative cellophane for a sweet party favor!

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Blood Red Velvet Armadillo Cake

Nancy likes to creep out her family with this roadkill armadillo cake. It’s a great Halloween cake to make with kids — a little messy and a lot of fun.

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Milk Chocolate Graveyard Cake

This chocolate graveyard is hauntingly boo-tiful, complete with crushed wafer "dirt," cookie tombstones, candy bones and a sweet chocolate tree.

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Eyeball Mini Cakes

Duff uses French buttercream and some food coloring to turn a simple pumpkin cupcake into a bloodshot eyeball. Just one bite and you’ll be dying for more!

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Creepy Cookie Cake

With recipes this easy, it’s easy to see why Sandra is the queen of Halloween. Crushed up chocolate sandwich cookies fill the semi-homemade cake, then she uses even more as tombstones on top.

Get the Recipe: Creepy Cookie Cake