30 Spookily Easy Halloween Cake Ideas to Make at Home

Emily Manning

Emily Manning

October 16, 2020

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Get set for a truly delicious Halloween with these fun and easy Halloween cake ideas you can make at home. We love these fantastic ways to transform a simple cake into something truly show-stopping!

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Halloween is a great time to get creative, and when it comes to baking a Halloween cake you can step out of your comfort zone to try something completely different. The best bit? If you make a mistake, you can just say it was meant to look scary…!

Whether you want to try your hand at a pumpkin, ghost, vampire or candy corn cake, we’ve got lots of easy Halloween cake ideas. All of the cakes are suited to beginner bakers and decorators, or easily adapted to suit.

If you are a beginner baker or looking for something to feed a crowd, try one of the Halloween sheet cakes that can be decorated in really fun ways.

We’ll also let you in on a little secret….if you have a cake failure and it doesn’t turn out quite like you had planned, you can still turn the cake into tasty cake pops!

Cake pops are made by crumbling up a cake and combining with some buttercream so that you can roll it into balls and then decorate. If you have a cake mishap, or just fancy adding some cake pop deliciousness to your party table, check out the fun ideas we’ve included below.

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Easy Halloween Cake Ideas

Eyeball Cake

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Image: Betty Crocker

This spooky eyeball cake from Betty Crocker is the perfect mix of spooky and fun!

Using box cake mix, frosting and edible eyes, you could easily make this at home. Pick your favourite Halloween colours for the icing, and the little monsters on top are made of icing too!

Oreo Eyeball Cake

Oreo Halloween cake

Image: Reluctant Entertainer

Transform any cake into an eyeball showstopper with this great Halloween cake idea using Oreos from Reluctant Entertainer. Split the Oreos in half and use mini ones, chocolate buttons or similar to complete the eye.

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Spider Cake

Halloween spider cake

Image: Lil Luna

Top your cake with some chocolate buttercream and lots of crushed Oreos to create the body of this spooky spider cake from Lil Luna. Red jelly sweets for the eyes and some paper legs stuck in complete the look (although you could use thick black liquorice as another option).

Black Cat Cake

Halloween black cat cake

Image: BBC Good Food

Serve up a feline-themed treat this Halloween with this family-friendly chocolate cat cake from BBC Good Food. This quick transformation for any cake is perfect for a last-minute Halloween dessert.

Zombie Cake

Zombie cake

Image: Pinterest

Different coloured buttercream, strawberry and liquorice laces, and some wonky zombie eyes are all a great way to complete a zombie cake like this one we found on Pinterest.

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Devil’s Food Cake

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Image: Tesco Real Food

This Devil’s food cake from Tesco Real Food really lives up to its name with this fun spin for Halloween! Use a pack of ready-to-roll red icing to create the snaking tail and pointy horns – the kids could get involved in this part.

Ghost Cake

Ghost cake

Image: Donna Hay

No precision is necessary when it comes to covering this gorgeous little ghost cake from Donna Hay. Create the flowing sheet-type folds with ready-to-roll fondant, and your ghost is ready for some ghoulish fun!

Ghost Cupcake Cake

Ghost cupcake cake

Image: Lindsay Ann Bakes

Create a ghost shape using cupcakes, then ice them all together with buttercream to create a pull-apart ghost cake like this one from Lindsay Ann Bakes.

Spider Web Cake

Transform the simplest cake into a spooky spider web cake in minutes, thanks to this video from Got Cake? that shows you just how to create the web effect.

If piping isn’t something you want to try, there are ready-made icing pens available to buy that would work just as well.

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Frankenstein Cake

Halloween cake ideas

Image: Sweet Magazine

Isn’t this amazing? Imperial Sugar has full instructions for creating your very own Frankenstein cake this Halloween. The design uses green buttercream and chocolate ganache dripping over the edge to create the hair.

Check out the Frankenstein sheet cake and cake pops below for more great ideas to try.

Mummy Cake

Mummy Cake

Image: Linda Marklund, Flikr

Once you have a cake ready to go, cut strips from your white fondant icing. Place this strips around the cake to create the mummy effect. Just make sure to leave space for those spooky eyes to peek out!

Pull-Apart Candy Corn Cake

Create a seasonal candy corn cake using cupcakes, then pull apart to enjoy!

If you’re not confident making a shaped cake, you can still create a fantastic effect using simple cupcakes and icing – this video from Good Cook shows you how.

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Graveyard Cake

Graveyard cake

Image: My Recipes

What a centrepiece this graveyard cake from My Recipes would make! The addition of jelly worms, biscuit headstones and a candy corn path complete the look.

Skeleton Cake

The Nightmare Before Christmas is such a brilliant movie, and this Jack Skellington cake and cupcakes from Meg’s Goodies would be the perfect addition to your Halloween table!

Vampire Cake

Vampire bat cake

Image: Chel Sweets

How cute is this vampire bat cake from Chel Sweets?! There are full step-by-step instructions and a video tutorial to help you create your own funny little vampire bat – and just wait until you see the spooky centre!

Halloween Unicorn Cake

Halloween unicorn cake

Image: The Cupcake Project

If you loved our collection of easy unicorn cake ideas, you won’t want to miss how to transform your cute unicorn into something spookier!

Check out this fantastic Halloween unicorn cake over at The Cupcake Project with a witch makeover. I love that the unicorn horn has become a witch’s hat, how clever!

Halloween Pumpkin Cake

jack o lantern cake

Image: Sprinkles for Breakfast

Will your pumpkin be a smiley or spooky one? We love this jack o’lantern cake from Sprinkles for Breakfast and it couldn’t be any more perfect for a Halloween get-together.

Pumpkin Shaped Cake

Pumpkin shaped cake

Image: Taming Twins

Don’t panic, creating a pumpkin shaped cake is not as difficult as it seems. Taming Twins shows you just how to create your very own, using two bundt cakes sandwiched together.

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Jack O’ Lantern Cake

Halloween pumpkin cake

Image: Women’s Day

To create this impressive pumpkin display, arrange mini cupcakes in a pumpkin shape, then top with delicious buttercream frosting and make a jack-o’-lantern face with chocolate. This pumpkin cupcake cake from Women’s Day will be very popular with all your little ghouls and goblins!

Halloween Slash Cake

Halloween cake

Image: BBC Good Food

No, a wild beast didn’t attack the cake! Fondant icing, strawberry jam and red food colouring are the secrets behind the ‘blood’ topping and filling of this slash cake on BBC Good Food – we love it!


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Halloween Sheet Cakes

Monster Sheet Cake

My Cake School created a step-by-step video tutorial to show you just how to create this monster sheet cake.

Using coloured buttercream and a particular piping nozzle, you can create this fun shaggy ‘fur’ effect. You can also change up the colours, expression or scare factor easily.

Pumpkin Sweet Cake

easy Halloween cake ideas

Image: Two Sisters Crafting

Not sure how to pipe or cover the cake with icing? No problem. Look what a great effect something as simple as this pumpkin sheet cake from Two Sisters Crafting can have. With M&Ms, Smarties or other coloured candy, bring your Halloween cake idea to life.

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Frankenstein Sheet Cake

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Image: Pillsbury

We love this Frankenstein cake from Pillsbury – look how some green-coloured buttercream and some store-bought sweets can transform a sheet cake!

Skeleton Sheet Cake

Halloween skeleton sheet cake

Image: Hector Sanchez, Country Living

Using a simple sheet cake, some marshmallows and white ready-to-roll fondant, you can create a skeleton x-ray cake like this one from Country Living.


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Halloween Cake Pops

Start with this video from Kawaii Sweet World that shows you just how to get started with some cute Halloween cake pops. Once you’ve figured out the basics, branch out and try some more designs!

Monster Cake Pops

Halloween cake pops

Image: Bellyfull

These one-eyed monster cake pops from Bellyfull are a super cute and easy treat for Halloween or a monster-themed party.

The fact that they don’t need to be precise, and can be swirled in the candy melts make them a very easy option for beginners.

Eyeball Cake Pops

Eyeball cake pops

Image: Bakerella

So gross and yet so tasty…! These eye-popping eyeball cake pops from Bakerella will be absolute show-stoppers on your Halloween table.

Pumpkin Cake Pops

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Image: Art and the Kitchen

These delicious Halloween cake pops from Art in the Kitchen are decorated like Jack O Lanterns. They would make great treats for a Halloween party or just fun homemade goodies to enjoy at home.

Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops

Frankenstein marshmallow pops

Image: Just a Taste

Skip the cake this time and use marshmallows to create your pops! These Frankenstein marshmallow pops from Just a Taste are fantastic!

Spider Cake Pops

Spider cake pops

Image: Home Life Abroad

These creepy, crawly, delicious spider cake pops from Home Life Abroad are sure to be a hit. Liquorice legs make them look like they’ll just start moving…!

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Have your say! Will you try your hand at one of these easy Halloween cake ideas this year? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!

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Published On: October 16th, 2020 / Categories: Food and Recipes / Last Updated: November 3rd, 2023 / Tags: , , , /

About the Author: Emily Manning

Emily Manning
Emily is the coffee-loving Editor of MyKidsTime. Mum of one daughter and two naughty Tibetan Terriers, she is particularly partial to Curly Wurlys and unable to resist pretty stationery and new cookbooks. As an avid foodie and domestic goddess-wannabe, she is most likely to be found in the kitchen.

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