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Dark Treats: Homemade Halloween Cake Recipes

If there’s one thing we loved almost as much as Halloween itself, it’s baking cakes. Of course, we’ll bake delicious and theme decorated cakes any time of year, but there’s just something so exciting about Halloween that makes us feel extra enthusiastic about getting creative with our flavours and designs! That’s why we spend so much of our fall time on the lookout for neat new cake recipes that we’ve never tried before.

Just in case you love the idea of making impressive homemade Halloween cakes as much as we do, if not more, here are 15 of the best and most unique ideas that we’ve come across so fat this year!

1. Halloween coloured layer cake


Rather than making something novelty looking and spooky, would you rather just make a delicious cake that harnesses a few classically Halloween themed elements? Then we have a feeling you’ll appreciate the enjoyable simplicity of this orange and chocolate layered cake with orange icing, chocolate drizzle, and some candy corn decor. See the details a little more closely on Taste of Home!

2. Freaky finger red velvet cake


Just in case you’re looking for a design that’s not just a little spookier but perhaps even a little more gory, here’s one from BBC Good Food that hits that idea right on the nail (no pun intended)! Check out how they used ladyfinger cookies with red chocolate dipped ends to look like blood and painted fingernails in order to create a freaky finger red velvet cake.

3. Candy corn chocolate chip cookie cake


Did we actually really catch your attention when we started talking about cakes that are decorated with candy corn, but you’re such a lover of Halloween candy that you’d rather find a recipe that uses it even more, perhaps in combination with other types of treats? Then we have a feeling you’re really going to adore this candy corn chocolate chip cookie cake outlined step by step on Life, Love, and Sugar.

4. Halloween poke cake


What if you’d prefer to make a more classic style and flavour of cake, since your kids can be slightly picky eaters and you try to stick to what you know they like, but you still want to add at least a slightly themed spin? Then we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Taste of Home made this light tasting Halloween poke cake!

5. Candy bar graveyard Halloween cake


Are you feeling quite intrigued by the idea we mentioned previously of making a cake that involves different types of Halloween candy but you’d rather the cake itself be a normal sponge rather than a cookie cake like the one we showed you earlier? Then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Mommy Musings turned their favourite kind of cake into a candy graveyard!

6. Spider’s nest cake


Just in case you’re still looking for cake design ideas that have a little bit of a squirm factor to them, here’s a creepy crawly idea that will have people looking twice! Check out how Tesco Real Food made a spider and web themed cake with a hollowed centre from which sweet “spiders eggs” pour when you cut your slices.

7. Meringue bone garden cake


Are you feeling quite into the concept of using other kinds of sweets and treats to decorate the outside of a simple iced sponge cake but you’d prefer to add your details with something you made yourself from scratch as well? Then we’d definitely encourage you to check out how Domestic Gothess made these meringue bones and piled them all over the cake to look almost like an ossuary.

8. Dreadful dripping cake


Did you quite like the look of how the chocolate drizzle in the first cake we showed you spilled over the sides in a slightly spooky way, but you’d rather take that idea a little further and make it a central part of your creepy cake design? Then we have a feeling this nearly toxic looking black and lime green slime cake featured on Tesco Real Food will be right up your alley!

9. Chocolate peanut butter swirl spider cake


What if we caught your attention quite well with the idea of making a spider themed cake, but you think the spider eggs idea might be a little too much for the small kids you’re trying to throw a Halloween birthday party for? Then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at this delicious peanut butter and chocolate alternative from Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary.

10. Bloody knife cake


Have you actually been scrolling through our list in hopes of finding a design that’s gory and will definitely attract people’s attention, but you’re a little bit pressed for time so it has to be kind of minimalistic? Then we’d encourage you to take a look at how Say It With Cake plunged a knit deep into the middle of their white cake after dripping it liberally with red icing to look like blood.

11. Frankenstein’s Monster cake


Just in case you’ve been hoping to learn how to actually turn your cake into one of your favourite classic Halloween characters, here’s a tutorial from Bird On A Cake that just might be exactly what you need! Check out their full instructions to see how surprisingly simple this little Frankenstein’s monster head really was to make.

12. Chocolate chip mummy cake


Maybe you’re actually an avid cake decorator already but you’re still a little bit on the beginner’s side and you’ve been looking for a tutorial that might help you practice creating a new kind of texture with your icing techniques? In that case, we absolutely think you should take a closer look at how Created By Diane made this fantastic (and totally delicious) chocolate chip mummy cake with icing that looks like it was layered in strips!

13. Spooky eyeball Halloween cake


Maybe you’ve just been scrolling through looking for a cake decorating idea that’s a little less classic and a little more unique, but still totally spooky and fun for your kids’ amusement? Well, one of our favourite designs on this whole list is definitely this spooky eyeball cake covered in funny, colourful blob monsters, as outlined by Life Made Delicious.

14. Strawberry monster cake


Have your favourite cake recipes always involved fruit in some way but you’re struggling to think of a way that bright, colourful fruit might be incorporated into a dark, spooky looking decor scheme? Then we think perhaps you might be the perfect person to give this strawberry monster cake idea from Say It With Cake a try! We love their use of quick dryer baker’s chocolate to give the monster strawberries creepy tentacles.

15. Candy corn layer cake


Just in case you’re still looking for candy corn inspired ideas because you love the colours and aesthetic of the candy but you’ve actually weirdly never liked the taste of the real thing, here’s a fantastic layered sponge cake tutorial that’s bright and cheerful despite still being totally Halloween appropriate! Get the full details for making one of your own on Created By Diane.