18 Halloween Cake Ideas That Are Frightfully Delicious

Halloween Cake Pops
Photo: Micah A. Leal

Planning a Halloween party this year? While outlandish outfits, carved pumpkins, and boatloads of candy are sure set a spooky scene, you may need more than Snickers, Kit-Kats, and Reese's Pieces to round out your Halloween buffet. Keep the sugar rush going with a slice of Halloween cake that's as scary as it is creative. We have a variety of Halloween cake ideas that will satisfy any sweet tooth and are perfect for on-the-run trick-or-treaters or stay-at-home door greeters. Ditch the candy and pass out these spooktacular Halloween Cake Pops or Mummy Cupcakes. From creepy designs and handcrafted adornments to interesting frosting techniques and sweet surprises, let your imagination and kookiness run wild with Halloween desserts that will guarantee a sweet ending to fright night.

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Snickers Cake

Snickers Cake
Alison Miksch

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.

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Pumpkin Spice-Heath Cake

Pumpkin Spice-Heath Cake
Alison Miksch

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.

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Pumpkin Crunch Cake

Pumpkin Crunch Cake
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Pumpkin Crunch Cake

The crunchy topping of this cake calls for pumpkin seeds, so it's a great dessert to make after you carve pumpkins with the family.

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Chocolate Ghost Cakes

Chocolate Ghost Cakes
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Easy Chocolate Ghost Cakes

Prepare to be spooked by these frightfully delicious treats. Watch how to make these easy ghost cakes here.

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Pumpkin Dump Cake

Pumpkin Dump Cake
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Pumpkin Dump Cake

Between trick-or-treating and getting everyone dressed in their costume, you may be short on time to spend in the kitchen. Luckily, you can still serve a homemade cake with this recipe that requires just 10 minutes of hands-on time.

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Halloween Cake Pops

Halloween Cake Pops
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Halloween Cake Pops

Claim the most unforgettable house title this Halloween and pass out these bite-sized cake pops to trick-or-treaters.

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Milky Way Cake

Milky Way Cake
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Milky Way Cake

Milky Way lovers will love that this outrageous cake is made with seven candy bars. They're used in the tender chocolate cake layers and as a chunky garnish.

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Eyeball Cake Balls

Eyeball Cake Ball
Southern Living

Recipe: Eyeball Cake Balls

Turn Red Velvet Cake into a spooky treat by making it into cake balls and coating them in white chocolate with candy pieces.

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Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes
Photographer: Alison Miksch Food Stylist: Erin Merhar Prop Stylist: Prissy Lee

Recipe: Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Warm spiced and creamy with a salty crunch from the crust, these Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes are guaranteed to become a favorite addition to your fall desserts lineup.

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Reese's Cake

Reese's Cake
Alison Miksch

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.

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Pumpkin Layer Cake Recipe with Caramel-Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Layer Cake with Caramel-Cream Cheese Frosting
Alison Gootee; Styling: Suzonne Stirling

Recipe: Pumpkin Layer Cake Recipe with Caramel-Cream Cheese Frosting

You can prepare this cake up to three days in advance and store it in the refrigerator until you're ready to serve.

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S'mores Cake

S'mores Cake
Photography and Styling: Sarah Epperson

Recipe: S'mores Cake

If your Halloween celebration will include a campfire or cookout, this cake is fit for the occasion.

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Pumpkin Cake

Pumpkin Cake
Photographer: Jennifer Causey Food Stylist: Ana Kelly Prop Stylist: Kay Clarke

Recipe: Pumpkin Cake

This layer cake is easy to make and ice. Simply stir all of the ingredients together, bake, and add the frosting between the layers and on top once it's cool.

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Pumpkin Spice Cake

Pumpkin Spice Cake
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Cake

Sugar, spice, and everything nice, this dish is a sure-favorite on any holiday table. Our favorite part? The buttery caramel sauce.

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Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake

Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake

A layer of graham cracker crust sits underneath a modest layer of cheesecake that supports a layer of pumpkin pie filling. All three layers are distinct, but they bake into a beautifully sliceable cheesecake that is quite literally the best of both worlds.

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Pumpkin Pound Cake

pumpkin pound cake
Photographer: Antonis Achilleos, Prop Stylist: Claire Spollen Food Stylist: Margaret Dickey

Recipe: Pumpkin Pound Cake

The perfectly moist pumpkin cake is delicious on its own, but we added a drizzle of maple-butter glaze to the top for just the right amount of sweetness. Southern-favorite pecans add a hint of crunch to break up the tender cake, too.

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Chocolate Lasagna

Chocolate Lasagna
Southern Living

Recipe: Chocolate Lasagna

This dessert couldn't be more fun to make, or to eat! It's lasagna as you've never had it before. Click through to the recipe and watch the video to up your dessert game and make a sweet treat that your kids—and everyone else, for that matter—are sure to love.

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Mississippi Mud Cake

Mississippi Mud Cake
Photographer: Jennifer Causey Food Stylist: Ana Kelly Prop Stylist: Kay Clarke

Recipe: Mississippi Mud Cake

There's no arguing that this chocolate cake is delicious. It also couldn't be easier to put together, whether you're heading to a seasonal celebration like Halloween or to a family cookout.

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