Fun Ideas for Decorating Halloween Cakes

Make no bones about it–this collection of Halloween cake recipes is to die for! We’ve rounded up our favorite creepy cakes, including spooky spiderweb cakes, monster cakes, graveyard cakes, and more. If you’re trying to keep things sweet instead of scary, we’ve included kid-friendly pumpkin and fall-themed cakes as well, so there’s something here for everyone. BONE appetit!

Monster Cake

This Monster Cake is so good, it's scary! This cute Halloween layer cake has a base covered in sprinkles, and a top layer decorated to look like a mini monster.
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Close up of the top of a Monster Cake.
Close up of Red Velvet Marshmallow Spiderweb Cake on a black cake stand.

Red Velvet Marshmallow Spiderweb Cake

This Red Velvet Marshmallow Spiderweb Cake is a classic red velvet cake, frosted with deep black chocolate buttercream, and covered with a spooky web of spiderwebs, made entirely from marshmallows! 
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Stenciled Halloween Sprinkle Cake

This simple white cake with buttercream frosting and sprinkles makes a fa-BOO-lous presentation! It's featured in candy-corn themed colors of white, yellow and orange.
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Stenciled Halloween Sprinkle Cake on a white cake stand with pumpkins in the background.
Devil's Food Cake with Pumpkin Butterscotch Frosting on a black cake stand with pieces removed to show interior.

Devil’s Food Cake with Pumpkin Butterscotch Frosting

This Devil’s Food Cake with Pumpkin Butterscotch Frosting features contrasting black and orange layers of extra-chocolatey devil’s food cake and pumpkin butterscotch frosting topped with chocolate buttercream and glimmering black sprinkles!
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Spiderweb Naked Red Velvet Cake

This Spiderweb Naked Red Velvet Cake has nine layers of awesomeness with a bit of spooky webbing allowing you to see each beautiful layer. Layers of delicious chocolate-cream cheese frosting and Morello cherries are nestled between the red velvet cake.
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Rosé Cupcake on a small white cupcake stand, with a bottle and glass of Rosé in the background.
Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes on a white surface, with a red candy heart on top.

Skull Cake for Dia de los Muertos

This Skull Cake is made with a spicy chocolate cake, a spicy cinnamon ganache, and cinnamon buttercream. It’s the perfect chocolate cake with a kick! 
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Patterned M&M’s Cake

This Fall themed vanilla butter cake is filled with caramel frosting and a soft salted caramel filling. M&M's create a beautiful and eye-catching design on the outside of the cake.
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Patterned M&M Cake on a white cake plate next to an orange napkin and dried corn.
A Festive Fall Layer Cake on an orange cake stand.

Festive Fall Layer Cake

Celebrate autumn with the beautiful Festive Fall Layer Cake. A rich chocolate cake is filled with a caramel-pecan filling, and topped with gorgeous, edible fall decorations!
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Chocolate Orange Cake with Orange Buttercream

This Chocolate Orange Cake is the perfect blend of citrus flavors and dark chocolate. It features four layers of chocolate cake filled with tangy orange buttercream, topped with a shiny chocolate glaze and chocolate orange slices.
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Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes with big swirls of white frosting, cherry sauce, and fresh cherries on top.
A slice of Candy Bar Cheesecake on a small white plate.

Candy Bar Cheesecake

This Candy Bar Cheesecake has it all! A crunchy chocolate crust, two flavors in the filling, and LOTS of candy bars mixed in and on top! 
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Patterned Pumpkin Roll

This Patterned Pumpkin Roll with a gorgeous autumn leaf decoration will be the star of your dessert table! A moist pumpkin cake is rolled around a pumpkin spice cream cheese filling, and the outside is decorated with a design of colorful fall leaves.
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Vanilla cupcake with swirled pink frosting and purple rose petals on top.
Close up of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake topped with marzipan pumpkins on a blue cake stand with pumpkins in the background.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake

Love pumpkin and chocolate together? Then this is the cake for you! This Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake has five tender layers of pumpkin cake, PACKED with chocolate chips. 
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Pumpkin Chocolate Mousse Cake

This Pumpkin Chocolate Mousse Cake is a stunning 4-layer dessert with chocolate cake, cinnamon mousse, pumpkin-butterscotch mousse, and salted caramel mousse!
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Pumpkin Chocolate Mousse Cake on an aqua colored cake stand.
Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes on a white surface, with a red candy heart on top.

Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin Bundt Cake

This Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin Bundt Cake recipe is a moist, tender pumpkin bundt cake with a cinnamon swirl. Top it with a brown sugar glaze for maximum fall flavor!
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Pumpkin Bundt Cakes

These cute mini pumpkin bundt cakes are made with a brown butter pumpkin cake batter, and are decorated with fondant to look like adorable mini pumpkins!
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Close up of a mini Pumpkin Bundt Cake on a piece of wood with other fall decor.
Black layer cake covered in marshmallow spiderwebs and topped with meringue ghosts.

Black Cocoa Halloween Cake

This three layer black cocoa cake is topped with marshmallow spiderwebs and ghost meringue cookies for the perfect kid-friendly Halloween treat!
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Easy Halloween Bundt Cake

Transform a classic bundt cake into a fun and festive Halloween Bundt Cake with only a few simple ingredients. The best part is that there are no special decorating skills required!
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Chocolate bundt cake with chocolate drip, decorated with candy pumpkins and ghost-shaped peeps.
Chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream, covered in chocolate curls in front of a dark background.

Vegan Devil’s Food Cake

This epic layered vegan devils food cake is perfect for spooky season. It consists of fluffy yet rich chocolate cake and layers of coffee Swiss buttercream.
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Graveyard Dirt Cake

This is the best tasting Halloween Dirt Cake around, and it’s decorated to be the spookiest too! From scratch chocolate cake is topped with crushed oreos and more.
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Slice of dirt cake with chocolate crumbles, a cookie headstone, and candy ghosts and pumpkins to look like a graveyard.
A black sheet cake in the shape of a bat with black and white piping, on a white background bordered by purple.

Easy Bat Cake

It's so easy to create a cute bat cake for Halloween using a 9×13 sheet cake. See the video and step-by-step instructions to make this easy Halloween cake.
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Halloween Graveyard Cake

Halloween Graveyard cake is a fun and easy dessert for Halloween! With a fun faultline filled with ghosts this cake is extra spooky!
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Layer cake frosted with orange buttercream, decorated with ghosts and crumbled chocolate cake to look like a graveyard.
Pink layer cake with gray drips, decorated with candy eyeballs, bones, and bats.

Pink Halloween Cake

With a purple ganache drip and swirls of pink frosting to turn into mini monsters using candy eyes, this Pink Halloween Cake is colorful, spooky fun!
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Semi-Homemade Halloween Cake

Hosting a Halloween party or get together? Or, maybe you have a Halloween birthday to celebrate? Whip up this easy Semi-Homemade Halloween Monster Eye Cake.
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Layer cake decorated with orange, green, and purple frosting drips, candy, and candy eyeballs.

Need more fall and Halloween inspiration? Check out my collections of 23 Halloween Baking Ideas and Pumpkin Dessert Recipes!

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  1. Whoa I am nearly drooling over here! I have this bookmarked now. I can’t decide if I want to make the mousse cake or the pumpkin pound cake first!

  2. All of these cakes are so creative and amazing!! I want to try baking all of them at home – but I think I’ll have to pick just one for Halloween – it might have to be the monster one – that’s a classic!

    1. Hi Anjali! It’s so hard to just pick one. LOL. I do love the monster cake, though. So fun to make him all your own.

  3. Absolutely love every single one of these Halloween cakes. The pink cake is perfect! My daughter and I are going to make the semi-homemade Halloween cake this weekend

    1. Hi MacKenzie! So fun to get some mom and daughter time in the kitchen. I hope you guys have/had a blast together.

  4. Oh my goodness! I don’t even know where to start with these cakes…they are so adorable, I don’ even know where to start but I think the Spider Web Naked Red Velvet Cake is my fave!