If you're throwing a big monster bash this Halloween, you're going to need a ghastly show-stopping cake as the centerpiece. Ghosts, spiders, pumpkins, and your favorite movie monsters are the ideal decorations for creating a spooktacular cake. So spooktacular, that your guests may have a hard time ruining your scarily delicious creation by biting in.
From the adorably cute to the spooky scary, here are 18 fun and festive Halloween cake decorating ideas.
1. Pumpkin Cake
Creating a decorative Halloween cake for your costume party doesn't need to take much. Take your regular cake recipes, and think about the finishing touches.
With some orange frosting and candied corn, you can make an easy pumpkin cake that's the perfect Halloween dessert and will work on your table for Thanksgiving, too.
Jack-o'-lantern cakes are great for all ages, and easy to make. Have the kiddos cut the stencils for the icing work and make this an easy Halloween family cake decorating activity.
3. Spider Halloween Theme
With some good piping and fake plastic spiders, you can create your own version of this Halloween chocolate cake. Many craft stores will sell delicious Halloween decorating kits, making this cake even easier to make than usual.
4. Spider's Web
Another fun creation, you can recreate this spider web cake design using melted marshmallow. You could even make a batch of Halloween cupcakes with this fun design, or stick to general Halloween treats with a spider web theme and whip up some brownies with a spooky web, too.
5. Masquerade Cake
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If you're having a masquerade ball, you'll need a cake like this to match. One of the more unique Halloween cake recipes, this is a more grown-up version of a classic centerpiece made for a different kind of Halloween party.
6. Jack Skellington
Any Nightmare Before Christmas fans in the bunch? That's what I thought. Turn this Jack Skellington masterpiece into a layer cake for height.
7. Frankenstein Sheet Cake
Another fabulous party idea, with some green frosting and a few decorations, you can have a monster cake ready to feed all your costumed guests.
For this sheet pan recipe, simply use cake mix to cut corners and leave the real task up to decorating. We recommend a red velvet cake on the inside to match with this spooky green design on the outside.
8. Frankie, Luna, and Jack
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This trio is perfect for a Halloween party of all ages. Get together all of your neighborhood bakers to help decorate this pair that'll be the star of all the Halloween recipes at your monster bash.
9. Halloween Jarred Trio
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For a smaller party, or a way to spoil the little ones, put your Halloween trio into a mason jar. If you don't want to serve up a whole pint mason jar, consider the tiny jam jars instead.
10. Frankenstein Minion
The kids will go crazy over this Frankenstein-costumed Minion cake.
11. Deadly Pumpkin Cake
Dressing up Jack, add a little scary flair to your cake. But not too much, don't want to spook the guests away.
For a fun surprise, use a different kind of cake mix other than traditional yellow or white. How fun would it be to bite into this cake, only to find an apple cinnamon flavor instead?
12. Scary Clown
Does anyone else think this clown slightly resembles the Mad Hatter in the 2010 version of Alice in Wonderland? Either way, these cake decorating skills are scary good. When it comes to spooky Halloween cakes, you can't beat a play on IT.
13. Witch's Brew
Ding, dong, the witch is dead and looks mighty fine in her own brew. For this look in a simpler way, consider stacking one bundt cake on top of another to form a shape. Fill the center with candy for a new twist on a Halloween candy cake.
14. Halloween Kitty Kat
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With a few sparkly orange decorations, you can transform your chocolate frosted cake into a wicked black cat. This would also make cute Halloween cupcakes to boot.
This is one of the simpler, minimalist designs that goes a long way with looks. Consider making a fancier cake underneath, perhaps a dark chocolate mix with cream cheese icing between the layers?
15. Trick-or-Treat Pumpkin
How adorable is this? When it comes to Halloween ideas, you can never go wrong with a black cat.
16. Ghost Minis
Meringue is ideal when it comes to making spooktacular ghosts. You could even whip up one of your favorite cupcake recipes and place a meringue on each. Drizzle with salted caramel instead of chocolate for an autumn twist.
17. Chocolate and Orange
You don't have to be a master cake decorator to make a stunning Halloween cake. Just check out this simple, yet gorgeous decoration using macarons.
18. Pumpkin Spice Latte
If you're not into all the ghouls, ghosts, and goblins, keep it simple yet festive with this Halloween cake. Classy, elegant, and full of the Halloween spirit, there's no scary Halloween with this sweet design on the table.