20 Bewitching Halloween Cakes

It's time to heat up your cauldrons.

Chelsea Lupkin

We know—candy dominates on October 31st, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't have other treats on hand for your Halloween bash, too. Turning the eeriest parts of Halloween (bones, ghosts, spiders, and mice!) into delicious desserts makes things a lot less scary. But let's be real—if it tastes like pumpkin or chocolate and is smothered in buttercream, you'd have a hard time spooking us out of a fork.

Kat Wirsing
Halloween Layer Cake

Do Halloween Peeps have anything on Easter Peeps? You decide.

Get the recipe from Delish.

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Alexa Payesko
Pumpkin Cheesecake Roll

When you want something festive that's not totally gross or scary, this cakes for you.

Get the recipe from Delish.

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Chelsea Lupkin
Chocolate Filled Pumpkins

Filled with not one but two kinds of chocolate (milk and white chocolate ganache!), these mini pumpkin cakes are the perfect individual dessert idea.

Get the recipe from Delish.

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Ethan Calabrese
Spider Web Cake

Who wouldn't mind getting stuck in this spider web?! Hand over a fork, and we'll eat our way out of this chocolate and marshmallow dessert.

Get the recipe from Delish.

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Jonathan Boulton
Dead Velvet Cake

R.I.P. you.

Get the recipe from Delish.

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Chelsea Lupkin
Ouija Board Cake

Your Monster Mash needs this insanely fun, feed-a-crowd sheet cake.

Get the recipe from Delish.

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Courtesy of Naomi Robinson
Leftover Halloween Candy Cake

This cake is the best reason not to eat all of your Halloween candy.

Get the recipe from Delish.

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Johnny Miller
Chocolate Pumpkin Cake with Brown Butter Frosting

Mounted on wire, knotted ribbon transforms into a batch of inky bats. Don't let the toppers distract you from the true star of this chocolatey-pumpkin cake, though: the creamy brown butter frosting.

Get the recipe from Good Housekeeping.

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Brian Woodcock
Buried Alive Cake

Crawling with (plastic) arachnids and topped with a layer of chocolate dirt, this layer cake practically screams "IT'S ALIVE!"

Get the recipe from Country Living.

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La Pêche Fraîche
Chocolate Pumpkin Cake with Meringue Ghosts

Mini meringue ghosts turn a decadent chocolate and pumpkin cake into an Instagram-worthy centerpiece.

Get the recipe from La Pêche Fraîche.

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Sprinkle Bakes
Candy Corn Tuxedo Cake

This candy corn-inspired dessert boasts four layers of flavor—vanilla, butter rum, orange and chocolate.

Get the recipe from Sprinkle Bakes.

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Charles Schiller
Pumpkin Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Layers of orange frosting and rich cocoa-pumpkin cake pay homage to Halloween's signature colors.

Get the recipe from Good Housekeeping.

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John Kernick
Cobweb Cake

What a tangled web we ... bake? Melted and stretched marshmallows create the cobweb effect on this two-tier white buttercream cake.

Get the recipe from Country Living.

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Purple and Black Layer Cake

The eery purple and jet black stripes of this darkest-ever chocolate and vanilla layer cake look pretty witchy to us.

Get the recipe from Sweetapolita.

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Sugar Hero
Halloween Ombre Cake

Cut through this cake sugar ombré topping for an 7-layer gradient surprise inside.

Get the Recipe at Sugar Hero

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Erika Lapresto
Witch Cake

Calling all seasoned bakers: show off your fondant sorcery with this squashed witch black chocolate cake.

Get the recipe from Woman's Day.

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Domestic Gothess
Meringue Bone Palace Cake

Graveyard or dessert? With these snapped meringue bones, it's kind of hard to tell the difference.

Get the recipe from Domestic Gothess.

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Con Poulos
Over the Moon Cake

Topped with bat-shaped sugar cookies, this black and white cake is a dessert two-in-one.

Get the recipe from Country Living.

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The Cake Blog
Mini Mice Cakes

These red-velvet mouse cakes are a little too lifelike thanks to their burning red eyes and curly tails.

Get the recipe from The Cake Blog.

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Liv for Cake
Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake

Espresso-infused buttercream brings the taste of the ubiquitous PSL to this "overgrown" pumpkin patch cake.

Get the recipe from Liv for Cake.

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