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
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
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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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
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.
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
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.
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
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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Isn’t this amazing? Sweet Magazine 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.
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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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.
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!