We know Halloween is all about the candy, but that doesn't mean you can't have your cake and eat it, too, with these 16 easy recipes. These Halloween cake recipes have a sweet and spooky dessert for everyone.
1. "Help Me!" Cake and Raven Feather Cupcakes
The eye-catching "Help Me!" cake is simply a store-bought white cake with a few dark twists. (Talk about hands-off!) Start with a store-bought frosted layer cake. Cut out a pair of arms and hands in black craft paper and tape to skewers to help them stand upright. Pile on a mound of "dirt"— crumbled chocolate cookies—to give it that "buried alive" vibe. Top vanilla-frosted cupcakes with edible fondant raven feathers. For an extra hair-raising element, add plastic critters around the cake.
2. Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake
If Morticia Addams was throwing a dinner party, she would serve this cake. It's sexy, it's covered in caramel, it's chocolaty, and there are candied apples on top. Swoon.
Get the recipe at Half Baked Harvest.
3. Spider Web Cake
Totally doubles as your Halloween centerpiece.
Get the recipe from Liv for Cake.
4. Mini Ghost Pumpkin Cakes
No, you don't need a special spell to pull off this magical cake — just tinted buttercream and spooky, edible decorations!
6. Monster Cake
7. Monster Cake
Red velvet ganache and raspberry jam layers keep this gory cake looking bloody from the inside out.
9. Chocolate Pumpkin Cake with Meringue Ghosts
Those poor unfortunate souls trapped in the salted ganache might be more adorable than spooky.
10. Ouija Board Cake
Channeling this professional-looking cake is much simpler than it appears. Just download our free Ouija-board art(courtesy of Hasbro Inc.), then upload it to cakeart.us. The folks there will turn it into an 8"W x 10"L sheet of edible wafer paper—for just $4.75.
Step 1: Prepare cake mix (any flavor) per the package instructions; pour batter into a 9"W x 13"L cake pan, and bake as directed. Let cool.
Step 2: Level the top of the cake. Frost the entire cake with white buttercream, and center the wafer paper atop it as shown. You'll also need an extra container of buttercream frosting, or increase our recipe as indicated online. Using a pastry bag fitted with a ¼-inch round tip, pipe frosting around the top edges of the cake, as shown.
11. Trick Or Trail Pumpkin Cake
Stuff two bundt cakes with lots of candy to create this fun trick-or-treat cake. Covered in orange sprinkles, this treat will have everyone doing a double-take.
Get the recipe at The Cake Blog.
12. Graveyard Cake
Bury those chocolate cravings for good with this rich layer cake that's spooktacular for Halloween—and (minus the graveyard) a sensational choice year-round with an espresso-tinged batter and bittersweet chocolate frosting.
13. Jack Skellington Cake
This marshmallow & chocolate fondant covered Jack Skellington cake has us drooling!
14. Creepy Halloween Cake
This decadent cake will send your guests running...for seconds.
Get the recipe at Say It with Cake.
15. Pumpkin Cake
Trick guests with this look-alike pumpkin. Until you slice it open to reveal chocolate layers, everyone will think this impressive dessert is really a gourd.
Get the recipe at Make Cakes Fabulous.
BONUS: Incredible Nightmare Before Christmas Wedding Cake
The top of the cake includes a topper with the main characters from the movie and was provided by the bride and groom. The topper sits atop a black swirled hill with a red moon in the background. Small pumpkins dot the base of the hill along with black bats. Along the remaining tiers additional pumpkins, bats and skulls round out the remaining decorations.
Flavors and fillings included carrot with hazelnut buttercream, vanilla with raspberry chambord buttercream, chocolate with peanut butter buttercream and red velvet with vanilla buttercream.
Which cake will you be making this year? Let us know in the comments!