Halloween Dessert Decoration Ideas

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Halloween is the time when kids play trick or treat, dress up as monsters or scary characters, light bonfires, carve devilishly smiling pumpkins to form jack-o’-lanterns, attend costume parties and visit haunted attractions. Some people also prefer watching horror films and sharing scary stories. Originally a festival of the dead having possible pagan roots, Halloween or All Hallows’ Eve has been celebrated as a Christian feast since the middle ages. The occasion is also often associated with the Celtic Samhain. Halloween has been the subject of much fascination and wonderment among people ever since the earliest times and a Halloween-themed cake can add some extra vibrancy to all the festivities associated with this special occasion. Halloween cakes are known for including dark and scary motifs, such as spiders, cobwebs, skulls, bats, goblins, ghosts, witches and vampires. The cakes may also depict a haunted mansion, a dilapidated graveyard, creepy looking trees, or some other scary scenes. These cakes are often very colorful, and both brighter shades like red, green, yellow or lilac and darker colors like black or brown are common.

Halloween Dessert Decoration Ideas

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Here are some easy and spooky cake decoration ideas for Halloween:

Jack-o’-Lantern Cake

I pieced two fluted tube pan cakes together to make this gap-toothed grinner that will make the best-ever center piece at your Halloween party.

Coffin Pumpkin Cake

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The maple flavoring in the frosting makes this spooky cake taste delicious! And the gingersnap crumbs make the “coffin” look like a pine box…to suit the season perfectly. 

Graveyard Cake

Underneath tasty tombstones, ghosts, pumpkins, worms and soil that make this dessert a conversation piece, you’ll find a delectable chocolate cake made from scratch in a few simple steps. It’s a recipe I use year-round with different frostings.

Purple-Ribbon Pumpkin Cake

I belong to a Christmas village collectors’ club and we all bring a potluck dish to our monthy meetings. The cake is always a hit. It’s one of my family’s favorite Thanksgiving desserts, too, and disappears before the pumpkin pie does.

So-Easy-It’s-Spooky Bat Cake

This gorgeous dessert starts with a boxed cake mix. Then it’s an easy and magical trick to make the bat silhouette with cocoa. 

Brainy Cake

My Godson and I made this cake after fun day at the science museum. We’ve made it several times now, and we get a kick out of experimenting with the frosting colors.

Apple-Pumpkin Upside-Down Cake

We love the combination of classic fall fruits in this cake. I bake the apples on the bottom to keep them plump and moist, then flip the cake so they’re on top. This is best served warm with vanilla ice cream, but we enjoy digging in any time of day. 

Witch-in-the-Moonlight Cheesecake

Make this ominous cheesecake the highlight of your Halloween buffet. Guests will love what is hidden inside: a fudgy filling

Halloween Layer Cake

There’s nothing “scary” about this cake. I make it every Halloween for my husband, Mike, and our three children.

Rum-Glazed Pumpkin Cake

For years, my co-workers were taste testers as I worked on a recipe for pumpkin cake. This version wins, hands down.

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