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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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."

MY REVIEW 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."

marilyn402 User ID: 4632391 21283
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2011

"I made this cake for a dinner with friends. I had no problem with the frosting, but the glaze, although tasty, was more like a glob. Everyone enjoyed it and looked very pretty."

Steponme User ID: 5923750 12487
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2011

"I used this recipe to make marble cupcakes with the orange & chocolate batters for my daughter's birthday last night. They turned out excellent! The cake, frosting and glaze taste great and had wonderful texture."

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