With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about your costume, party decorations and of course, ghostly grub. Whether you’re hosting a family party or attending a gory get-together with friends, we’ve come up with some ideas for creepy Halloween cakes, packed with delicious ingredients, easy to make and designed to send an eerie chill down the backs of your friends’ spines.
Scared of spiders? Play on your party guests’ fears with the first of our Halloween cake ideas – a scrumptiously spooky spider cake.
You’ll need all the standard sponge ingredients, some pre-made icing and a packet of sugary or liquorice laces. Simply whip up a regular sponge with your eggs, sugar, flour and cocoa powder, and bake for approximately half an hour before setting aside to cool.
Once cooled, coat your cake in your pre-made icing. Then you can start decorating!
Mix it up with spider webs and dangly spiders, or go flat out and create your very own giant, spooky, sugary spider. Simply twist and break up your laces to create the best shapes for your spider Halloween cake (liquorice sticks make the best legs!).
You can make pumpkin Halloween cakes by adding peeled pumpkin to your sponge mix for a taste of authenticity, or simply opt for an easy sponge with a pumpkin design.
You’ll need to make two sponges for this, and also need orange food colouring, green food colouring, enough icing mixture to cover your cake and a bowl of buttercream.
Once your sponges have cooled, let the creativity begin.
Spread your buttercream over the top of the lower sponge to create your filling. Place the top sponge over the filling and mix your orange food colouring with a large dollop of your icing. Setting a smaller amount of icing mixture aside for later. Spread the orange icing over your sponges.
Mix the remaining icing with your green food colouring, and shape it to look like a pumpkin stem, adding it to the centre of the top sponge.
If you’ve got time, carve the edges of your cake to resemble the groves of a real, authentic pumpkin. You can also carve jagged shapes to look like the eyes and mouth of a spooky Jack-O-Lantern.
Red Velvet Blood Cake
Gory and ghoulish – this idea for Halloween cakes is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. You’ll need red velvet sponge ingredients (enough for four layers), cream cheese icing and red-coloured ganache.
Simply bake four layers of red velvet sponge and set aside to cool. Once ready, coat in your cream cheese icing until all the sponge is covered. You can also add buttercream in between the layers for a scrumptious touch.
Taking your red ganache, simply drizzle it from the centre of your cake and let it dribble down the sides to replicate dripping blood. When your guests cut into this creepy cake, they’ll be greeted with a delicious, red velvet surprise.
Ghost Meringue Cake
You’re going to need a sponge mix, a meringue mix, frosting and chocolate chips. For the meringue, all you need is eggs, caster sugar and half a teaspoon of vanilla extract to give your meringue mixture that flavoursome kick.
To make your meringue ghosts, simply whip up your meringue mixture until stiff peaks start to form. Then dollop onto your baking tray and add the chocolate chips for eyes and a mouth before baking for 90 minutes (this dries out the meringue).
Meanwhile, get your sponge mix ready and pop into the oven after your meringue has been in for 1 hour. Let this bake for 30 minutes before setting aside to cool, along with your meringue ghosts.
Once cooled, cover your sponge cake with your frosting. You can switch it up here – instead of creamy frosting you could use a whole coat of icing, or even rich chocolate ganache. Add your meringue ghosts to the top of your cake, and voila, you’ll have a deliciously chilling meringue ghost cake.
Feeling inspired to try your own Halloween Cake recipes? Pop down to your nearest convenience store today to grab all the ingredients you need for this year’s spooky shindig!