Sweet and Spooky Halloween Cake Decorating Ideas
Celebrate fright night with cute or creepy Halloween cakes. We've gathered some of our favorite decorating ideas from our Allrecipes community so you can delight all your goblins and ghouls. For several of the decorating ideas, you can feel free to use the cake recipe of your choice as your base, then let your Halloween imagination take over.
The Great Pumpkin
Specialty molds are available for baking pumpkin-shaped cakes, but you can also bake a Pumpkin Cake in a Bundt pan and frost it with orange-colored frosting. Shape a stem out of dark green- or brown-tinted marzipan or frost a small cupcake green. To make an extra-large pumpkin cake, bake two Bundt cakes and attach the flat sides together, then frost to resemble a pumpkin.
BRUTALPOETESSAN says she baked this monster cake for her brother's birthday. What a sweet sister! You could create your base with Pistachio Cake so it's green through and through.
HEIFERYUNG used bendy pipe cleaners to make the legs for this adorable spider cake. Use licorice and gumdrops for the face, and two colors of frosting for the body. Use a Red Velvet Cake as your base and imagine the screams when you cut into it.
Check out how Viktoria Chefina created a Halloween Dragon Cake. You can recreate this by baking cakes in round cake pans and cutting them in half. Cut each half into a crescent shape, saving the small rounds for the legs. Place the two large crescents end-to-end to form an S shape. Then go crazy with frosting, fondant, candies, and whatever else you need to finish the dragon. What to use as your cake base? How about Yellow Cake?
This Spiderweb Pumpkin Cheesecake would be a gorgeous centerpiece dessert at any Halloween party. Place a plastic spider on the web for creepy-crawly fun.
In Good Spirits
Place marshmallows with drawn-on eyes atop a cake (like our Halloween Buttermilk Bundt® Cake) to create the look of spirits rising from the grave. Spooky! (You can use edible inks or dip a toothpick into food coloring to draw the eyes.)
Vine and Dine
Mellocreme pumpkins and green frosting transform a classic dirt cake into a pumpkin patch. Our Pumpkin Patch "Dirt" Cake recipe walks you through the four simple steps to creating this not-so-scary scene.
Place gummy worms or other props (plastic bones, perhaps?) slightly beneath the cookie crumble "soil" of our top-rated Dirt Cake I.