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.

Discover savoury ideas and ghoulish desserts in our collection of Halloween baking recipes.

We also have a selection of halloween biscuits, halloween jelly and halloween party recipes.

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Halloween cake ideas

1. Black cat cake


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


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


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


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


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.

6. Pumpkin cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin works well in a variety of desserts, including this decadent baked cheesecake. With a lightly spiced, creamy filling and crunchy ginger base, it's well worth the effort. Top with dollops of silky whipped cream, chopped pecans and a drizzle of caramel sauce.

7. Halloween slash cake

halloween slash cake

Add some drama to your treat table with our Halloween slash cake. Stark red stripes on white fondant, covering a rich chocolatey sponge make for an eye-catching and delicious centrepiece. Mix up some speedy fake blood and get creative.

8. Easy spook cake

easy spook cake

The perfect rich chocolate cake to get Halloween going! This easy spook cake is sandwiched together with a dark chocolate buttercream and topped with shop-bought mini meringues decorated however you'd like. For a spooky fake blood effect, use berry syrup and drizzle over.

9. Spooky Halloween marshmallow cheesecake

spooky halloween marshmallow cheesecake

Send a shiver down the spines of your party guests with this cute Halloween cheesecake, made with marshmallows and decorated with spooky meringue ghosts.

10. Pumpkin & caramel cake

Pumpkin caramel cake

This cake uses a few shortcuts but the final result is a deliciously impressive dulce de leche and pumpkin spice-filled sponge.

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