30 Spooky Cakes That'll Sweeten Up Your Halloween Party

Icing your sheet cake, and raise you a spider surprise cake!

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Be very afraid of these scary-good cakes. (Okay, not really ... because they're not as intimidating as they look.) Dress up your layers with bats, candy, and red food coloring as "blood." The options are endless! But if you do want to downsize, try our most festive Halloween cupcake decorating ideas.

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pumpkin and devil food layer cake recipe
Danielle Occhiogrosso
Pumpkin and Devil's Food Layer Cake

Garnish this decadent dessert with sugar ghosts and a hefty layer of gooey chocolate.

Get the recipe for Pumpkin and Devil's Food Layer Cake »

What you'll need: Oreo Thins ($5, )

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Steve Giralt
Coffin Cake

Thick bands of cream cheese frosting give this basic cake a mummified look.


What you'll need: icing bag with tips ($10, )

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Halloween Candy Cake

Leftover candy? No problem!

What you'll need: assorted candy bars ($18 for 100, )

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Halloween Bundt Cake

It's what's on the inside that counts (in this case, that means layers and layers of bright Halloween hues).

What you'll need: bundt pan ($10, )

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Halloween Cakes
Charles Schiller
Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

For those of you who can't decide between a chocolate cake and a pumpkin spice one, meet the hybrid cake of your dreams.

Get the recipe for Chocolate Pumpkin Cake »

What you'll need: 8-inch cake pan ($6, )

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Halloween Cakes
Johnny Miller
Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

Decorate the cake with crafty, batty toppers and it'll look even more festive.

Get the recipe for Chocolate Pumpkin Cake »

What you'll need: bat cake decorations ($8, )

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Chocolate Chip Mummy Cake

Use a nifty cheater's frosting technique to create this mummy's layers. Because who has time to actually deal with fondant? Exactly.


What you'll need: Oreos ($4, )

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Bloody White Cake

Red velvet ganache and raspberry jam layers keep this gory cake looking bloody from the inside out.


What you'll need: syringe ($18, )

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Black Chocolate Witch Cake

No, you don't need a special spell to pull off this magical cake — just tinted buttercream and spooky, edible decorations!

What you'll need: red and white striped paper straws ($7, )

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Monster Cake

Why choose between cake and cake pops when this adorable monster cake gives you the best of both worlds?


What you'll need: lollipop sticks ($4 for 100, )

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Courtesy of Cookies and Cups
Vampire Bat Cake

If you stink at frosting cakes, this is the perfect one for you. That red "bloody" ganache will coverup all those imperfections.


What you'll need: parchment paper ($12 for 3, )

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Courtesy of Butter Hearts Sugar
Vamp Attack Cake

It wouldn't be a Halloween cake roundup without at least one blood splatter cake.


What you'll need: food coloring ($3, )

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Johnny Valiant
Pumpkin Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

No need for fancy carving — just grab a fork and dig in!

What you'll need: food coloring ($3, )

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Courtesy of Heather Christo
Black Velvet Cake

Meet Red Velvet's slightly demented (but super chocolaty) long-lost cousin. You might like her even more than Red.


What you'll need: black food coloring ($3, )

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Marshmallow Cobweb Cake

Heating marshmallows in the microwave makes it into a gloopy, stringy mess, which creates the best cobweb like textures to apply onto your cakes.

What you'll need: marshmallows ($3, )

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Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake

If Morticia Addams was throwing a dinner party, she would serve this cake. Swoon.


What you'll need: wooden sticks ($3, )

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Googly Eye Cake

Open up your Oreos and add an M&M for instant eyeballs. Simply genius.

What you'll need: Oreos ($4, ), M&Ms ($11, )

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Devil's Food Cake with Pumpkin Butterscotch Frosting

Not all Halloween cakes have to be scary looking and covered with fake blood. Black sprinkles and edible jewels (yeah, we said ) make this one extra classy.

What you'll need: black sugar sprinkles ($5, )

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Bloody Good Cheesecake

And if you'd rather have a bloody cheesecake, we've got that for you too.


What you'll need: chocolate graham crackers ($3, )

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Spider Surprise Cake

Slice it up and watch em' scream.


What you'll need: plastic spiders ($6, )

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Courtesy of Life Love Sugar
Candy Corn Chocolate Cookie Cake

Cookie cakes need love too, and this fudgey version is practically a giant brownie.


What you'll need: candy corn ($12, )

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Courtesy of Domestic Gothess
Chocolate Blackberry Gothic Halloween Cake

Here's an elegant Halloween cake for those of you who don't like the gory side to the holiday.


What you'll need: purple powder food coloring ($6, )

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Spiderweb Cake

We wouldn't mind if our only Halloween plan consisted of sitting home alone with a fork and this rich chocolate cake with orange buttercream.


What you'll need: plastic spiders ($6, )

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Candy Bar Cake

Time to raid that candy bag. Cake mix and three types of mini candy bars are all you need for this major sugar rush.


What you'll need: assorted candy bars ($18 for 100, )

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Midnight Cookies and Cream Cake

We just love when our cakes are dripping with chocolate blood and covered in Oreos, don't you?


What you'll need: Oreos ($4, )

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Midnight Pumpkin Layer Cake

If that glossy dark chocolate frosting doesn't entice you, the spiced pumpkin layers with chocolate chip — cream cheese filling definitely will.

What you'll need: edible gold stars ($6, )

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Halloween Cakes
Kate Sears
Pumpkin Patch Cakes

Snack on these sweet, miniature cakes while you wait for the Great Pumpkin to show.

Get the recipe for Pumpkin Patch Cakes »

What you'll need: pretzel rods ($15, )

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Scary Cherry Cake

Blood and guts never looked so tasty.

What you'll need: cherry Jell-O ($15 for 6, )

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Chocolate Pumpkin Cake with Meringue Ghosts

Those poor unfortunate souls trapped in the salted ganache might be more adorable than spooky.


What you'll need: black food writing pen ($7 for 2, )

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Halloween Cakes
Steve Giralt
Chocolate Haunted Forest Cake

Imagine if all the creepy crawly critters out there were actually made of candy. Who would be scared of spiders, then?

What you'll need: 2 5-inch round cake pans ($7 each, )

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