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Halloween Cakes

Looking for recipes for halloween cakes? Taste of Home has the best halloween cake recipes from real cooks like you, featuring reviews, ratings, how-to videos and tips.

Sweet Jack-o'-Lanterns

Sweet Jack-o'-Lanterns

Sweet Jack-o'-Lanterns

There's no trick to making these Halloween-flavored cupcakes. By using a convenient cake mix, you can turn them out in a jiffy. Simplify them even more with canned frosting.

Spider Cupcakes

Spider Cupcakes

Spider Cupcakes

Spooky Spider Cupcakes are creepy—and easy! Make a chocolate cupcake into a spider by adding a half-marshmallow "body" under the frosting, licorice legs and mini M&M eyes. Add chocolate sprinkles for a "hairy" effect. —Darla Wester, Meriden, Iowa

Scaredy Cakes

Scaredy Cakes

Scaredy Cakes

Our Test Kitchen home economists guarantee kids of all ages will delight in these funny-faced cupcakes. You can even enlist your little ones to help decorate them, using the candies we suggest or other candies to suit your taste.
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Frankenstein Cake

Frankenstein Cake

Frankenstein Cake

Convenience items like a cake mix and canned frosting make this clever dessert a breeze to prepare. It always elicits oohs and ahhs at Halloween parties.

Haunted House Cake

Haunted House Cake

Haunted House Cake

WHEN this eerie abode appears at Halloween parties, guests will surely move right in...to get a piece of the treat! Our kitchen staff prepared the ghostly home with handy packaged cake mixes, plus common baking pans you likely already have in your kitchen. To complete the frightfully delightful scene, they decorated it with edible details including cookie tombstones, cereal shingles and a chocolate door.

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Bring these extra-special cupcakes to your next bake sale and watch how quickly they disappear—if your family doesn't gobble them up first! Kids will go for the fun appearance and tasty toppings while adults will appreciate the moist spiced cake underneath. —Diane Halferty, Corpus Christi, Texas

Ghostly 'Boo-Day' Cake

Ghostly 'Boo-Day' Cake

Ghostly 'Boo-Day' Cake

THIS CREEPY CONFECTION is fast to conjure up...and it's bound to disappear just as quickly! The delicious birthday dessert starts with a homemade chocolate cake kids find hard to resist. For a festive finish, CT's cooks prepared speedy frosting and spread on a ghoulish design with a "Happy Boo-Day" sign.

Out-Of-This-World Cupcakes

Out-Of-This-World Cupcakes

Out-Of-This-World Cupcakes

These are a cinch to bake-and even more fun to decorate! Our Test Kitchen staff turned out a pair of not-so-scary aliens, but you can let your imagination run wild and create critters, princesses, trains...the sky's the limit. Or save the decorating fun for a party activity, and let the kids top their cakes any way they want.

Candy Corn Cupcakes

Candy Corn Cupcakes

Candy Corn Cupcakes

These moist tender white cupcakes from Renee Schwebach of Dumont, Minnesota are perfect for any occasion. For fast yet fabulous results anytime of year, choose candy decorations appropriate to the season.

Owl Tree

Owl Tree

Owl Tree

I have been “cooking” since I was 3 years old. Now I cook for my two teenage sons and bake decorated cakes for family and friends. I came up with this for an online contest. It was a hoot! —Tammy Baker, Bowling Green, Kentucky

So-Easy-It's-Spooky Bat Cake

So-Easy-It's-Spooky Bat Cake

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, sprinkled with cocoa. —Crystal Schlueter, Northglenn, CO
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