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Our best Halloween cake recipes


Bake up a stunningly spooky Halloween cake with one of our creative recipes. Try a cute black cat, a haunted graveyard sponge or a rich and freaky red velvet.

It's that time of year when our kitchen is filled with scary sponges, terrifying traybakes and deadly decorations. Bake up a batch of meringue ghosts, biscuity headstones or sweet spiders to top an indulgent sponge. Indulge in a slice of something frightfully delightful.


If you need a spine-chilling spread of cupcakes, cookies, sweets and treats, take a look at our ultimate Halloween collection.

1. Black cat cake

Chocolate cat cake on stand

This picture purr-fect black cat cake is the perfect feline companion to any selection of sweet treats. Kids will love getting involved in making this simple sponge and decorating it with their favourite sweets.

2. Halloween pumpkin cake

Pumpkin cake with frosting in squares

Try a seasonal twist on the classic carrot cake and make our Halloween pumpkin traybake. Put leftover pumpkin to good use post-carving and try this zesty spiced sponge with smooth cream cheese icing. Traybakes are especially handy for parties – simply slice and serve when needed.

Make the most of super squash with our favourite pumpkin recipes.

3. Freaky finger red velvet cake

Red velvet cake with chocolate fingers on stand

Go all out with a ghoulish red velvet cake surrounded by freaky chocolate fingers and slathered in a simple cream cheese frosting. Slices will be scoffed left right and centre. Make sure your buttercream is thick enough to stick your severed fingers on, and keep a couple on the side to decorate the top.

Get more inspiration for gory bakes with our Halloween cake collection.

4. Spider’s web cake

Web cake with spider on stand

Arachnophobes look away now! Complete with marshmallowy webs and a sweet Swiss meringue buttercream, our spider cake is sure to be the guest of honour at any party. Use a dash of dark stout in your sponge to bring out the richness of the chocolate. In order to ensure your webs look eerily accurate, chill the cake until the buttercream is very firm. Once it's finished, let the cake sit at room temperature before serving.

Want to try more spidery sweets? Try our chocolate spider cookies, our frightful spider nest cakes or our chocolate orange spider jellies.

5. Haunted graveyard cake

Chocolate cake with meringue ghosts and biscuits

Top a decadent chocolate sponge with mini meringue ghosts and chocolate biscuits headstones to create our haunted graveyard cake. Everyone will want a slice of this sticky masterpiece. The dark chocolate ganache adds a slightly bitter edge to balance out the sweet sponge. Both kids and adults alike will want a taste of this terrifying treat.

Want some more ghostly goodies? Try our Halloween piñata biscuits with a popping candy centre.

Enjoyed these recipes? Try our other spooky Halloween dishes...

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