35 Halloween Cakes That Beat A Bucket Of Candy

What's Halloween without a little fake blood and a lot of sugar?

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Kat Wirsing

We know Halloween is all about the candy, but that doesn't mean you can't have your cake and eat it, too. Our easy recipes for Ouija board cake, spiderweb cake, and dead velvet cake will be sure to spook all your Halloween party guests this year! We've even combined the best of both dessert worlds with killer candy and cake combos, like Snickers cheesecake, Kit Kat ice cream cake, and leftover Halloween candy cake.

If you're planning themed décor for your own Halloween party, we've got plenty of cake decorating ideas to suit any style. Dressing up as Daenarys this year? Try our Game of Thrones-inspired White Walker Dragon cake. If your Stranger Things group costume is finally coming together this year, make our Stranger Things-inspired sheet cake to complete the look! And if you've got younger trick-or-treaters around, they'll love this Cookie Lovers' cake.

Want an easy yet classic Halloween cake? It doesn't get any better than our Halloween layer cake. Topping it with Ghost Peeps, Milano cookies with the letters "RIP", and our favorite candies and sprinkles couldn't be simpler, and the presentation is spooky but will still lure everyone in for a bite.

Whatever you do, don't stop at just cake this Halloween. Delight all your guests and ghouls with spooky-cute Halloween cupcakes, Day of the Dead recipes, Halloween cookies, or any of our scary-looking Halloween recipes—all in our collection of fun Halloween foods.

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Chelsea Lupkin
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Ouija Board Cake

We predict this edible Ouija board will spell Y-U-M. Once you learn how easy it is to make your own edible cake toppers, you'll be almost too powerful.

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Kat Wirsing
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Halloween Layer Cake

We've done our fair share of spooky Halloween treats—Dracula Dentures! Poison Apples!—but wanted to make a Halloween layer cake that you wouldn't be too scared to take a bite of. By topping it with Ghost Peeps and Milano cookies with the letters "RIP", the presentation is spooky but still lure in everyone for a bite.

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Ethan Calabrese
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Spiderweb Cake

This cake is delicious proof that nothing is going to come between us and chocolate cake. Not even spiders.

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Jon Boulton
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Dead Velvet Cake

This spooky spin on a red velvet cake is...wait for it... bloody delicious.

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Amanda Gryphon
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Ghost Cake

This easy ghost cake is so cute, and the ghost meringues make for the sweetest topping. We opted for a chocolate cake, but a red velvet cake would really amp up the Halloween vibes. Go ahead and serve some ghost cookies along with the cake!

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Parker Feierbach
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Pumpkin Cheesecake Roll

Ready to kick off pumpkin season with the most impressive (but not intimidating!) fall dessert there is?! Luckily, there's no fret with this pumpkin cake roll. With a few simple tips, you'll have perfect swirls of cake and cream cheese filling that will have everyone oohing and aahing when you slice into it.

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Brandon Bales
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Death By Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

While testing this recipe, we learned that when you bake cakes in 9" pans, they shrink as they cool and end up fitting perfectly into an 8" springform pan. It's the secret to the perfectly neat edges of this ultra-chocolaty ice cream cake.

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Spider Trifle

This spooky trifle is the perfect mix of chocolate cake, pumpkin mousse, and Cool Whip. Even the spider web can't keep us away from this fall dessert.

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Chelsea Lupkin
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Chocolate-Filled Pumpkins

These are TOO cute and actually crazy easy to make. Use your go-to white cake recipe for the batter, or prepare batter using a box mix. Thanks to a perfectly distracting chocolate hazelnut filling, no one will know the difference. 😉

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Jon Boulton
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Skull Cake

Your friends will think you are a cake master when you make this Skull Cake. Decorate it whichever way you like, like a classic Skull or a sugar skull perfect for Dia de Los Muertos!

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Lucy schaeffer
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Pumpkin Bundt Cake With Cinnamon Glaze

The sweet and salty cinnamon glaze sets this cake apart—especially when you get a crunchy bite of salt. Black pepper is another savory spice in the batter, which isn’t something you'd necessarily detect, but like salt, it will enhance the other more common pumpkin spices, like cinnamon and allspice.

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dirt cake
Parker Feierbach
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Dirt Cake

This dirt cake is like the large-scale version of our other childhood favorite, dirt pudding (which is made in individual cups and chocolate pudding). How can you go wrong with an Oreo crust topped with a cream cheese pudding mixture that's then sprinkled with more Oreos for good measure? You can't.

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Andrew Bui
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Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake

We gave the classic flourless chocolate cake an upgrade in the form of LOTS of peanut butter.

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Ethan Calabrese
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Red Velvet Cake

Everyone should have a good red velvet cake recipe in their back pocket—and this is it. It has a decadent chocolate flavor and the creamiest cream cheese frosting. If you have leftover cake scraps, you should for sure make these red velvet cheesecake bites next.

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Charlie Gillette
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Cookie Monster Cake

This cute layer cake is the perfect festive dessert for anyone who knows chopped Oreos makes everything taste a little better. Even though it looks complicated, any beginner baker can pull this off. Plus, the ganache topping hides any frosting faux pas.

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erik bernstein
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Apple Cider Donut Cake

In our minds, fall isn't fall 'til we've had at least a dozen apple cider cake donuts. This super-sized version comes together in no time, and there's no deep-frying involved. That's a win in our book.

Get the Apple Cider Donut Cake recipe.

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Brandon Bales
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Bundt Cake

This isn't your regular delicate and fluffy Bundt cake; it's rich, dense, and ultra peanut buttery—and we wouldn't have it any other way.

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Naomi Robinson
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Leftover Halloween Candy Cake

Definitely the best way to repurpose your kid's loot. If there IS any leftover candy, that is!

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Carrie Stalk
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Caramel Apple Cheesecake

We're huge fans of the gingersnap crust here—especially since there's caramel involved. But if you're not a fan of the spiced cookie, graham crackers would work well too. (You can use the crust recipe in our pecan pie cheesecake.)

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death by chocolate cake
Chelsea Lupkin
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Death By Chocolate Cake

Death by chocolate cake is layers upon layers of chocolate and the ultimate chocolate dessert. The tallest and proudest cake on the block, but there's no need to be intimidated. This cake is easy pull together and will be the greatest show (heart) stopper.

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Jonathan Boulton
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Best-Ever Pumpkin Cheesecake

Sure, classic cheesecake is delicious. But PUMPKIN cheesecake? We know some say that it's possible to have too much of a good thing. But not in this case! We think adding gingersnap to the graham cracker crust gives it that extra warm, fall flavor we all look for once October comes around.

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Ethan Calabrese
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Pumpkin Dump Cake

As soon as August hits, we basically have pumpkin fever. When you need an easy fall dessert, look no further than this dump cake. All you will need is two bowls and a baking dish to create the perfect combination between cake and pumpkin pie.

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Parker Feierbach
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Easy Rum Cake

Popular in the Caribbean, rum cake is a vanilla cake that has rum in the batter. Traditionally, dried fruit is soaked in rum for months and then added to the cake batter, but our quicker version involves a poke cake technique to really incorporate that rich rum flavor.

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Parker feierbach
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Pumpkin Cake

We are very pro-cream cheese and pumpkin here at Delish. The two are as classic as peanut butter and jelly. If you prefer a more classic buttercream, use our favorite buttercream frosting. It will still be just as good; feel free to add some cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice to your frosting to jazz it up a little.

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Parker Feierbach
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No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

Figuring out how to make all of the pumpkin desserts during fall while the oven is full can be a nightmare. That's why you need this no-bake cheesecake. It's a major time saver and while we love our classic pumpkin cheesecake, we go crazy for the no-bake option.

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Parker Feierbach
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Flourless Chocolate Cake

The best part about this flourless cake is that it doesn't require any flour alternatives. It's just the perfect cake that happens to have zero flour. Cocoa powder and eggs give it all the lift and structure it needs.

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Parker feierbach
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Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake

Attention: The fall dessert of your dreams has arrived. With a rich, buttery Oreo crust and a light, fluffy pumpkin filling, you'll want to eat this cheesecake no matter what time of year it is.

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Jonathan Boulton
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Twix Cheesecake

Put those Twix bars to good use by folding them into your cheesecake and topping it too!

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Jonathan Boulton
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Snickers Ice Cream Cake

Calling all Snickers lovers: This brownie ice cream cake will absolutely blow your mind. Take it to the next level by folding in chopped Snickers bars to your brownie batter before baking.

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Chelsea Lupkin
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Kit Kat Ice Cream Cake

This ice cream cake is made entirely from store-bought ingredients, which means you have absolutely no excuse not to make this ice cream cake. Perfect for all the Kit Kat lovers, this cake is like having a giant, frozen Kit Kat.

Get the Kit Kat Ice Cream Cake recipe.

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