Unbelievable Halloween Cakes We're Dying to Try
Halloween, one of the only times of the year where you can get away with wearing a crazy costume and eating candy for dinner. But if you thought the holiday was only reserved for ghouls and goblins, outlandish outfits, carved pumpkins, and boatloads of candy, think again. Planning to host an adults-only party this year? Well, you’ll need more than Snickers, Kit-Kats, and Reese’s Pieces to round out your Halloween buffet. So while the kids are coming down from the sugar rush, you can have your fair share of cake and eat it, too, thanks to these kooky and scarily-good cake ideas. From creepy designs and handcrafted adornments to interesting frosting techniques and sweet surprises inside, let your imagination and kookiness run wild with desserts that are sure to guarantee the sweetest ending to fright night.
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Drip Ganache Cake
Well, this is certainly one delicious way to use up leftover candy. Drip cakes are incredibly popular, and this fancifully-tall ganache cake is one way to embrace the trend and Halloween.
We want to tear into this towering white cake, but it looks like someone or, better yet, something already has.
Recipe: Twix Cake
With its caramel filling and chocolate frosting, this fun cake looks and tastes like a giant Twix bar. The recipe includes a made-from-scratch pound cake, but to save time, you can use a store-bought pound cake instead. If you make the cake, let it completely cool before cutting it into thirds so that it will not crumble and fall apart.
Black Widow Cake
The incy wincy spider climbed on top of this festive, two-tiered display, and spun its fondant web around the base.
Make no bones about it, this skull cake is scarily-exquisite. The edible floral detailing and pearl fondant are a pleasant departure from most Halloween cakes.
SweeTARTS and Smarties Tie-Dye Cake
Looking for a break from chocolate? Try this wonderfully psychedelic sheet cake, colored with Jell-O and topped with colorful candies.
Upside-Down Witch Cake
Scare up some fun with a witch cake. This one will knock your guests' socks off at the Halloween party.
Spiderweb Spice Cake
Recipe: Spiderweb Spice Cake
This creepy, crawly cake looks impressive, and it's also super easy to make.
Recipe: Snickers Cake
If a Snickers bar is the first treat you unwrap on Halloween, you’ll love the candy bar even more in cake form. We sandwiched layers of devil’s food cake filled with chopped Snickers bars between an incredibly rich frosting made with caramel candies, chopped peanuts, and dark brown sugar.
Spooktacular Naked Cake
Is there ever a bad time to indulge in a naked cake, especially when it's topped with ghouls and goblins?
Twizzler and Candy Cake
You know what's better than eating Twizzlers? Sticking them around a cake stuffed with Reese's Pieces.
All of the Halloween fixtures are represented here in this vibrant, layered cake, including Frankenstein's square-head monster and the scary witch and her broom.
Frankenweenie "Sparky" Cake
Black and white just like the film, but with a green surprise on the inside.
When you're ready to try something different from the traditional Jack-o'-Lantern cakes, this pumpkin-filled masterpiece will do.
Meringue Bone Cake
The bare bones of Halloween baking.
Pumpkins and Haystacks Cake
We can't get over how realistic this autumn and Halloween-inspired cake looks!
Pumpkin Spice-Heath Cake
Recipe: Pumpkin Spice-Heath Cake
The warm, autumnal flavor of pumpkin spice pairs deliciously with buttery toffee bits like Heath Bits ‘O Brickle. This sheet cake starts with a mix, so it’s easy to whip up and transport to a Halloween party.
Black Cat Cake
The cat's meow.
Thanks to this creation, you no longer have to choose between cake pops or a slice of cake on Halloween.
All Eyes on You
We’ve got our eye on this one. Oreos and M&M's are used here to form the eyeballs.
Recipe: Reese's Cake
Fans of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups will go crazy for this dark chocolate bundt cake filled with creamy peanut butter frosting and topped with two glazes: chocolate and peanut butter. Raid your kids’ candy stash for some extra Reese’s cups to chop up for the topping.
This is one dark and lovely chocolate blackberry cake.
Candy-Stuffed Piñata Cake
Not your average chocolate cake—your guests would be happy to break this one open on Halloween.
Halloween wouldn't be Halloween without a Jack-o'- Lantern. Luckily, you can eat this one.
Candy Corn Cake
Recipe: Candy Corn Cake
This colorful three-layer cake will be a hit at a kids’ Halloween party—or at an October birthday party. Although it looks impressive, the cake is made with cake mix and store-bought frosting, so it comes together easily.
A creepy, crawling showstopper!
Caramel Apple Cake
Candied apples covered in Snickers? Sign us up.
Milky Way Cake
Recipe: Milky Way Cake
Milky Way lovers will This outrageous cake is made with seven—seven!—candy bars in the tender chocolate cake layers and as a chunky garnish.
Candy Corn Cake
A tri-colored treat.
Graveyard Sheet Cake
This one will arrive delicious and dead on arrival.