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Halloween Party Snacks:
Halloween Cake and Dessert Recipes

Cakes and cupcakes are some of the most fun Halloween party snacks to make and eat.

There are countless ways to decorate creepy Halloween cupcakes and cake recipes... you can be as nutty as you want with it! Here, we've got some great Halloween cake recipes and desserts-- and they're kid-friendly, so the kids will love to help .

As a bonus, you'll find a whole page of Halloween cake and cupcake decorating tips and photos. Everything you need to make your Halloween food special!

Looking for other types of Halloween party snacks? We've got a lot more than just Halloween cake recipes here at Divine Dinner Party. Check out:

...for more great Halloween food ideas. In fact, we have a whole page of them here!

Halloween Graveyard Cake Recipe

Halloween Graveyard Cake This cake is a great centerpiece for any Halloween party! You can either leave it in the pan as instructed, or prepare a sheet cake-- your choice! Decorated with Halloween party snacks and candies, this cake is cute, easy to make, and seriously tasty. Make the cake up ahead of time and let the kids help decorate. Each cake is different, so make it you're own and just have fun!

This is another one of those super flexible Halloween party snacks. Make your own cake, or use a mix. Buy a tub of frosting, or use it at home. This can either be made and assembled in seconds, or be all natural and totally homemade. Your choice!

1 (18.25 oz.) pkg. Devil's food cake mix
1 1/2 to 2 C. prepared chocolate frosting
1 to 1 1/2 C. Oreo cookie crumbs

For Graveyard, any Combination of:
Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookies (gravestones)
Pepperidge Farm Chessmen Cookies (gravestones)
Cake Decorator's Icing (various colors and flavors)
Candy corns and candy pumpkins
Green-tinted coconut (grass)
Spooky novelty candies (skulls, eyeballs, etc.)
Halloween Ghost Marshmallow Peeps
Homemade Halloween cookies
Chocolate covered pretzels (for fences)
Chopped nuts (for paths, etc.)
Food-safe plastic Halloween decorations

Instructions: 1. Prepare cake mix according to package directions in a 13 x 9 inch glass cake pan (or make your own). Let cool in pan.

2. Spread frosting evenly over cake.

3. Top with Oreo crumb "dirt."

4. Decorate as desired with any combination of coconut grass, cookie gravestones, nut paths, pretzel fences, etc. Some of the Chessman cookies have crosses on them, and work great for gravestones. If desired, write R.I.P. (or anything else you want) on Milano cookies with decorator's frosting before inserting in cake.

5. Add Halloween party snacks for decorations, like marshmallow peep ghosts, candy pumpkins (the peanut butter pumpkins recipe on this page works great!), and any other spooky candy you like. Add zombie cookies like these for an extra creepy graveyard touch, and decorate some of the tombstones with red gel icing "blood" to make a gory Halloween cake.

Graveyard cake with mounded graves and candy skeletons

Halloween Pumpkin Cake Recipe

Halloween Bundt Cake Pumpkin Recipe
This adorable Halloween cake recipe is super cute and so easy to make. This is one of those Halloween party snacks that will have all of your guests impressed-- because they don't know how easy it is. One of the best things about this cake is how flexible the recipe is. If you have experience with cake decorating, you can go all out. If not, you can keep it simple. Either way, it'll taste great and be a lot of fun.

While this Halloween dessert recipe keeps things simple by using cake mix, this is one of those Halloween party snacks that's even better homemade. Try a homemade pumpkin-spice cake recipe-- it'll taste amazing with the cream cheese frosting. Serves 24.

2 (18.25 oz.) pkgs. cake mix, any flavor
2 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. (1 stick) butter, softened
8 C. powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
pinch salt
Red, yellow, and green food coloring
Black paste food coloring (optional)
1 flat-bottomed ice-cream cone
2 bundt cake pans

Instructions: 1. Prepare cake batters according to package directions and bake each as directed in a prepared (greased and floured) non-stick bundt pan. If you only have one bundt pan, simply make your cake mixes in two seperate batches.

2. Let cool completely.

3. To prepare frosting: In a medium mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, vanilla, salt, and butter with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add powdered sugar in four stages, beating well with the electric mixer after each addition. (Feeling lazy? Simply use 2 tubs of packaged prepared frosting-- it's almost as good!)

4. Seperate out about one cup of frosting. Add green food coloring to reach you desired shade of green.

5. Seperate out another 1/4 cup of frosting. Add black paste food coloring to make black frosting. (This is for a Jack o Lantern face, and is optional.)

6. To the remaining frosting, add red and yellow food coloring (or simply buy orange), until you get your desired shade of orange.

7. The first thing you'll want to frost is your ice cream cone "stem." Smoothly frost entire outside of cone with green frosting. Place in the refrigerator or freezer until chilled. The harder the frosting, the easier it will be to manipulate later without smudging.

8. Meanwhile, place one inverted bundt cake on your serving platter. Frost "top" (what should be the bottom) of bundt cake with orange frosting.

9. Place remaining prepared bundt cake right-side-up on top of inverted cake. The frosting should help them stick together.

10. Frost entire outside of cake with orange frosting.

11. Using black-tinted frosting and a cake decorator's bag (or a plastic bag with a tiny hole in it), paint on a Jack o' Lantern face (optional).

12. Insert green-frosted ice cream cone into the hole in the middle of your bundt cake.

13. With remaining green frosting in a cake decorator's bag (or a plastic bag with a tiny hole in it), create lines, leaves, and/or vines, as desired.

Halloween Pumpkin Cake Recipe with Jack o Lantern Face

"Just-Fed" Zombie Cupcakes Recipe

Lemon Cupcakes Halloween Recipe with Zombie facesThese fun cupcakes are so easy to make, and look really creepy-- the gaping, gooey "mouths" created by the jam make them one of the best Halloween snack recipes. They're the perfect I've-just-feasted-on-brains zombies!

The base is a delicious homemade lemon-yogurt cupcake that combines beautifully with the raspberry jam filling. But if you're feeling lazy, simply use your favorite cake mix.

Makes 10-12 cupcakes, depending on how big you make them.

1 1/4 C. all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 C. sugar
1/2 C. unsalted butter, melted, cooled
1 lg. egg
1/2 C. plain, unsweetened yogurt
4-5 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
Zest from one lemon
1/2 C. raspberry jam
powdered sugar
24 chocolate chips

Instructions: 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place paper liners in muffin pan.

2. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt

3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar, melted butter, and egg. Stir until smooth. Add yogurt, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Stir until smooth.

4. Add flour mixture. Mix until just smooth.

5. Spoon batter into prepared cupcake pan. For each cupcake, drop 1-2 teaspoons of raspberry jam on top of batter.

6. Bake 22-25 minutes, until done. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely on a wire rack.

7. The raspberry jam should have baked into a gaping, scary-looking mouth. Sift powdered sugar over cooled, prepared zombies. Don't use too much, as you don't want to cover up the creepy mouths.

8. Position two chocolate chips as "eyes" above each raspberry mouth.

Peanut Butter Halloween Pumpkins Recipe

These cute little peanut butter pumpkins make great Halloween party snacks! Or, even better, use them to decorate any of these Halloween cake recipes. They're a lot tastier than the candy pumpkins you can buy at the store, and are surprisingly easy. These are no-bake, so this is a fun Halloween recipe to let the kids help with. Makes 15 pumpkins.

Peanut Butter Halloween Pumpkins for Cake Decorating

1/2 C. butter, melted
1 1/2 C. peanut butter
1 (1 lb.) package powdered sugar, sifted
red and yellow food coloring (or orange)
1 small tube green decorator's icing

Ingredients: 1. Add red and yellow (or orange) food coloring to butter until it is a bright orange. Pour into a medium mixing bowl.

2. Add peanut butter and powdered sugar and stir well until combined. Should be the consistency of stiff dough.

3. Shape dough into about 15 small pumpkin-like balls. Using a toothpick, create ridges down each pumpkin.

4. Place pumpkins on waxed paper.

5. Using a tiny amount of green decorator's frosting (or make your own), add a little green stem to each pumpkin.

6. Refrigerate until firm, at least 1-2 hours.

7. Serve on their own, or use to decorate cakes and cupcakes-- cute and delicious!

Halloween Cake and Cupcake Decorating Ideas

To make a Halloween dessert, you don't always need a special recipe like the ones above. With a few special touches, you can make all kinds of cakes into wonderful Halloween party snacks. To make your favorite cupcake or cake recipe creepy and Halloween-y, add:
  • Whipped green Jello filling
  • Green-tinted vanilla pudding filling
  • Cherry pie filling "guts"
  • Plastic Halloween novelty decorations
  • Halloween party snacks and candy
  • Homemade candy eyeballs, pumpkins, etc.
  • Store-bought or homemade Halloween cookies
  • Green, orange, or black frosting
  • And more!

To get an idea of how easy it is to make any recipe fun and festive for a Halloween party, check out out the pics below:

Creepy Cake Decorating for Whole Cakes

Chocolate Cake with Spiderweb

Simple chocolate triple-layer cake with orange-tinted cream cheese frosting and creepy spider web swirl.

Severed head cheesecake for Halloween

No-bake cheesecake made in a face mold. Cherry pie filling gore is surrounding the neck and the face is painted with cake decorator's icing.

Bloody Halloween Cake With Knife

Bloody Halloween Cake "slashed" with knife. One of the most gruesome Halloween party snacks!

Creepy Creature Cupcakes for Halloween

Halloween Bat Cupcake Recipe

Chocolate cupcake with Hershey's Kiss bat head and cookie wings.

Green Monster Cupcakes Halloween Dessert Recipe

Chocolate cupcakes with neon green frosting and candy "monster" decorations.

Skull Halloween cupcakes Halloween Party Snack

Skull cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, chocolate-covered peanut eyes, and almond mouths.

Cupcake Mummies

Mummy cupcake Halloween party snacks with piped icing bandages and beady eyes.

Spider Halloween Cupcakes Recipe Chocolate

Spider cupcakes with black-dyed chocolate frosting, M&M eyes, licorice legs, and Tic-Tac fangs.

Black Cat Halloween Cupcakes Recipe

Black Cat two-part cupcakes with licorice whiskers and tails, peppermint patty ears, and M&M eyes.

Monster Cupcakes with Colors for Halloween

More monster cupcakes. Tons of colors and designs made with everyday candies. So fun!

Halloween Cupcakes Graves

Scary Grave Cupcake Recipe for a Halloween Party

Chocolate cupcake with Oreo crumb "dirt" and cookie gravestone.

Worms in Dirt Halloween Decorated Cupcake Treat

Chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting "mud," Oreo cookie "dirt," and gummy worms.

Grave cupcakes with butterfinger dirt and gravestones

Chocolate cupcake Halloween party snacks with powdered Butterfinger "dirt" and Milano cookie gravestones.

Gory Blood and Body Part Cupcakes

Grey Brain Frosting on Red Velvet Halloween Cupcakes

Red velvet cupcakes with grey-dyed vanilla "brain" frosting. Simply pipe the frosting on in seperate "hemispheres" to get this look!

Bloody Vampire Halloween Cupcakes with Strawberry

Vampire-bitten Halloween cupcakes with strawberry syrup blood. So simple, but so very creepy.

Zombies Reaching Out of Bloody Cupcake for Halloween

Bloody severed zombie hands reaching out of a red velvet cupcake. The hands are simply plastic novelty Halloween decorations!

Colorful Halloween Cupcakes

Halloween Cupcake with Tasty Black Frosting

Simply adding black food coloring paste to chocolate frosting makes a scary black cupcake for Halloween.

Slimy Halloween Cupcake Recipes with Green Filling

White cupcakes with green-tinted frosting and neon green jelly "slime." Kids love these!

Spider Web Black and Orange Halloween Cupcakes

Black and orange tinted Halloween cupcakes with spider web design. Just make four black circles on top of the orange frosting and gently run through them with a butter knife.

Pumpkins Clipart

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