Halloween Layer Cake Recipe
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Halloween Layer Cake Recipe

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There's nothing "scary" about this cake. I make it every Halloween for my husband, Mike, and our three children. —Karen Wirth, Tavistock, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 12-16 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 10 drops yellow food coloring
  • 6 drops red food coloring
  • 9 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 5-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 8 drops yellow food coloring
  • 6 drops red food coloring
  • GLAZE:
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Candy corn for garnish

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 529 calories, 18g fat (10g saturated fat), 99mg cholesterol, 307mg sodium, 89g carbohydrate (67g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add alternately with milk to creamed mixture. Mix well. Combine cocoa, water and vanilla; stir in 2 cups cake batter.
  2. Pour into a greased and floured 9-in. round baking pan. Add orange extract, peel and food coloring to remaining batter. Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
  3. In a bowl, beat all frosting ingredients until smooth. Place one orange cake layer on a cake plate; spread with 1/2 cup frosting. Top with chocolate layer; spread with 1/2 cup frosting. Top with second orange layer. Frost the sides and top of each.
  4. Microwave chocolate and cream on high 1-1/2 minutes or until blended, stirring once. Stir until smooth; let cool 2 minutes. Slowly pour over cake, letting glaze drizzle down sides. Garnish with candy corn. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Halloween Layer Cake in Taste of Home October/November 1996, p12

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MinnieCooks User ID: 8912535 256138
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2016

"I made this cake yesterday for a Sunday School treat. I read other reviews that stated that it was dry so I was very careful with the baking time. I baked the layers for 19 minutes instead of the 30 called for in the recipe and checked the doneness with a toothpick so as not to over bake. It was EXTREMELY dry. As a matter of fact I threw the uneaten cake in the trash. And there was a lot uneaten! It was a very cute cake and had good orange flavor but I wouldn't spend time making it again."

MrsGoodrich User ID: 7704397 256115
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2016

"This recipe didn't turn out as well as I had hoped. The cake layers are a bit dense, almost like pound cake consistency. I didn't have any problems with the thickness of the frosting, as others have had, but it's very, very sweet. And the chocolate glaze didn't turn out well either, it was smooth as first but as it cooled, it almost looked like it curdled so when I poured over the top of the cake, it just sat there. I had to use a spatula to get it to run down the sides. I do like the subtle orange flavor of the two layers, and mixed with the frosting, it tastes like candy corn or an orange creamsicle. I like the idea of the cake but I think next time, I will use my own recipes for the cakes and frosting and just add the colors."

LynsIn User ID: 7741838 11642
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2014

"Would not make. Almost 6 cups of sugar. So who needs that for your health plus all the cream chees? Crazy to have that much sugar in one cake."

jimmie785 User ID: 7639109 16206
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2014

"this so good you will see all guest say . give the recipe"

merrikat User ID: 759638 201358
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2014

"It's okay but the cake is pretty dry. I used a cream cheese frosting recipe that uses butter and it was delicious. This makes a pretty cake but there are better cake recipes out there. Will not make again."

fnstlug User ID: 3658849 16140
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2014

"Pretty standard orange chocolate cake. It turned out a little dry, but that might just be me :("

Shirleyewing User ID: 6874330 38917
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2013

"Great cake!"

mkaskela User ID: 6061564 28526
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2013

"Not as difficult as it looks."

[email protected] User ID: 3163983 9431
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2012


tulip969 User ID: 6932609 11641
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2012

"I would make this recipe again with the following modifications. Double the frosting so that the layers, especially the chocolate layer, aren't' visible. Chill the layers after each addition of frosting to prevent sliding and insert wooden skewers. Some people said this cake was dry, while others thought is tasted like a cream sickle. I'll give it one more try before Halloween."

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