A good Halloween party calls for costumes, a good playlist, and cake. Otherwise, it’s just a spooky meeting. Cakes are the perfect canvas for anything ranging from scary to Casper Meets Wendy levels of cute.
We know it can be hard to think outside of the box for Halloween desserts that live and bleed spooky season, but while we wait for you to find your way out of the coffin, we thought we would help make your life easier with this devilish spread of scary good Halloween cakes.
1. Ghost Bark Cake
This creepy cute Halloween cake by Sprinkle Bakes uses a white cake recipe that’s been decorated with jet black food coloring, sprinkles, and homemade ghost bark. The eyeballs will definitely be watching you take a second slice, but aren’t there to judge. Disembodied eyes have been known to be very accepting. Will you guys come with us to our next therapy sesh?
2. Halloween Bundt Cake
What happens if you mix cheesecake and a bundt cake? Apparently, this dark chocolate-flavored bundt cake filled with an alarmingly orange cheesecake center and painted as if your name was Jackson Pollock. Or you just dropped all your supplies. Oooh, is that a Butterfinger?
3. Red Vine Monster Cake
Not all Halloween cakes have to be spooky. Some can be adorable, like this Red Vine Monster Cake. It looks like a combination of Tickle-Me-Elmo and a Chia Pet and it probably won’t come alive in the middle of the night. Probably.
4. Spiderweb Cake
There is probably nothing creepier than walking into a spiderweb. Liv for Cake’s recipe calls for an intricate spiderweb design made from icing and more patience than we could ever muster.
5. Skeleton Hand Halloween Cake
Get a little adventurous by making yourself a five-layer cake. Amy Treasure’s cake is coated in black buttercream frosting and all kinds of creepy crawlies, including a skeleton hand reaching for the stars. They sure don’t make insects like they used to.
6. Chocolate “Ghost” Cake
This naked ghost cake recipe is easy since all you have to do is bake up some chocolate cakes, throw chocolate frosting in between the layers, then add candy eyeballs and meringues. It’s terrifyingly cute, just like the kid from the Omen. Or the kid selling lemonade down the street who keeps picking his nose.
7. Floral Skull Cake
This striking Halloween cake with watercolor flowers and topped with a bold golden skull calls for Death Wish coffee, and almost nothing could be more spookier than that.
8. Bleeding Skeleton Cake
To make this bleeding skull cake, grab yourself some mini skeleton molds, white chocolate, and strawberry jam. How can making a pile of skulls really be? If you get really stuck, phone a friend. Like Cerberus.
9. Bat Cake Topper
You can throw this flying cake topper on any cake, though it might be a little out of place for Easter. Grab your detailing knife and a tool of your choosing. We recommend a wooden stake. It’s great for detail work!
10. Pumpkin Cake
This cake looks like a pumpkin but is actually a cake. Like everything else you know and love.
11. Scary Teeth Cake
Gretchen Baker‘s monstrous cake made with brown butter cream cheese frosting and caramelized pecans is preparing to bite you back. Right after it finishes its favorite show. Yes, she’s still watching NCIS.
12. Dark Spider Web Cake
Embrace the dark spirits with this blackberry topped buttercream cake. The purple sugar webs add even more eeriness and glam. We have a feeling Morticia Adams would approve, but Thing is so picky!
13. Bat Cake
It’s not fall without at least one Halloween cake flavored with pumpkin spice, like this orange ombre one by Preppy Kitchen that’s perfect for Bruce Wayne’s birthday.
14. Pentagram Demon Cake
Is anything more metal than cake? Oh, lots of things? Well, goths deserve to be festive too. Just wait until Flag Day rolls around and you can see them really go wild.
15. Skull Piñata Cake
What is better than a cake with a little surprise inside? Preferably, Chris Evans.
16. Halloween Cake Roll
Duncan Hines knows cakes, so of course they’re going to give us a fun monster devil’s food cake. Decorate this kooky swiss roll cake with cake balls that will scream “save us” as you gleefully eat them.
Skeleton Hand Cake
Loren Bakes decorated this Halloween cake with a skull fondant hand and wafer butterflies. It’s honestly almost too pretty to eat. But here we are with a knife in our hand! Um…for the cake, of course.
18. Frankenstein Cake
Technically this is Frankenstein’s Monster, but even us literary nerds can agree this moss green cake by Sprinkle Bakes is epic. You can easily trace the monster, but a freehand challenge is always fun. Or at least more fun than a root canal. Speaking of, where is all our candy?
19. Eyeball Cake
We’ve got our eyes on you. Let your creative spirit come out and and place the candy eyes anywhere. We hear moms like to put them on the back of their heads.
20. Cute Ghost Cake
Ghosts aren’t always scary, just the ones who have vendettas and insomnia. Decorate a cake like Rachel Fujihara with some friendly ghosts who may or may not be just trying to coexist on a parallel plane. Which is two left turns and a jump down.
21. Beetlejuice Cake
Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! We can’t wait to conjure up these yummy Beetlejuice cakes. Who knew giant sandworms and black and white stripes were so tasty? Don’t get us started on red ones.
22. Victorian Skull Cake
If a cake gives you the chills then you know it is doing something right. Master your fondant skills and make some animal skulls, ideally ones that don’t require an elementary knowledge of taxidermy.
23. Fall Pumpkin Cake
A simple and sweet pumpkin cake is sometimes all we need. When in doubt, just pumpkin it out! (They’re great for building arm muscle.)
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