With chocolate bodies and licorice legs, these cute spiders on cobwebs will "catch" attention fast! They're easy to scare up, too—our home economists simply put a Halloween spin on cupcakes they baked from a purchased mix.
I make this fruity cake many times between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The dense cake has wonderful pumpkin flavor and is flecked with pecans, dates, raisins and cherries. —Janet Hradsky, Three Rivers, Michigan
Packed with warm pumpkin flavor and spices, this lightened-up version of Shirley Dellinger's recipe baked up even taller than the original! But our Test Kitchen brought it in at just about half the fat, saturated fat and cholesterol—with 187 fewer calories per slice! That's a sweet success Shirley's family in Elwood, Indiana can savor.
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. —Faith Cromwell, San Francisco, California
Most kids will love the gruesome gummy body parts they find in the center of these cupcakes, but if it is too much for you, use any kind of autumn-motif gummies for the same sweet taste!—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
I begged my aunt for this recipe when I was 16 years old, and it's still my very favorite. The silly monster eyes give these devilish cupcakes some Halloween fun! They are always on my husband's short list for special desserts. —Dawn Koestner, St. Louis Park, Minnesota
My mom loved carrots so much she put them in various dishes at least five times a week when I was growing up. Her specialty was a homemade carrot cake that was requested for every special occasion. When I made this for her 70th birthday, she cried with each bite. —Paula Marchesi, Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania
Fresh from reader Leah Grooms' "pumpkin patch", this rich cake's so flavorful it'll dress up any autumn event. What's more, she writes from her Rockingham, North Carolina kitchen, it keeps for days—so you can prepare it prior to your party.—Leah Grooms, Rockingham, North Carolina
Easy to prepare and popular with my friends and family, this apple cake is one of my all-time favorite autumn recipes. A slice of this soft treat is delicious with a hot cup of coffee or tea.—Monica Burns, Lusby, Maryland