Elegant Halloween Cakes

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Halloween Cake

If you have a Halloween party coming up, this would be an easy addition to the menu. I know layer cakes seem sometimes overwhelming, but just take it step by step. You could even spread it out over a day or two. I baked the layers on day one. On day two, I made the buttercream, the ganache, assembled it and decorated.

This recipe makes three 8″ yellow cakes. I threw in a chocolate layer for good measure, because well, why not.

This is filled with Italian buttercream and a little chocolate ganache at the top. Decorate with your favorite halloween candy pieces, and there you go. A show stopper fun dessert that will win over any guests you have this Halloween. You could also crumble up Oreo cookies and go with a grave yard dirt look with gummy worms and Peeps tombstones to give you another idea for the decorations.

I’m a fan of the naked cake look. I think it’s just an elegant presentation and I get a bit less buttercream with each bite. Somehow that makes me think it’s a wee bit healthier. I know…denial

You could easily decorate the cake with the buttercream instead of going with the naked look. It’s entirely up to you.

Don’t forget to cut the cake top off of the layers to make sure you get a flat surface to work with. I use a knife for this but you could use this Wilton cake leveler gadget. You can get this from Amazon, and also most craft stores will carry this in their cake making section.

The ganache recipe was a very simple one. It’s easy to whip up, and just pour it right on top once you have iced the cake.

Chocolate Ganache

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

2 oz bittersweet chocolate

1 tablespoon corn syrup

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

In a microwavable measuring cup combine, whipping cream, chocolate, corn syrup. Put in microwave for 15 second intervals until the chocolate is melted. Stir and add in the vanilla. Let this cool a tiny bit before pouring onto the cake top. To stop the drips from running completely down the cake, I put the cake in the refrigerator once I poured it to quickly thicken the ganache. I wanted just a few short drips, not ganache running down every part of the cake. Then it’s as easy as sprinkling on your favorite Halloween candies.

And there you have it, cute, fun and not too spooky. No tricks, just treats.



Elegant Halloween cakes

Elegant Halloween Cakes


  • 1 lb 5 oz sugar
  • 1 lb 4 oz cake flour
  • 3/4 oz baking powder
  • 1/2 oz salt
  • 9 fl oz milk
  • 6 3/4 oz eggs
  • 5 oz egg yolk
  • 3/4 oz vanilla
  • 12 oz butter softened

Italian Buttercream

  • 1 lb sugar
  • 1/2 lb egg whites
  • 4 oz water
  • 1 1/2 lb butter cut into 1" cubes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Coat three 8" round pans with cooking spray and line with parchment circles
  • Sift together the dry ingredients into a stand mixer bowl
  • In a medium bowl combine milk, eggs, egg yolks and vanilla
  • Pour 1/2 of the milk mixture into the stand mixer bowl, add butter and mix on medium speed with paddle attachment for 4 minutes
  • Add the remaining milk mixture in three additions, mixing 2 minutes after each addition
  • Pour 24 ounces of batter into each pan
  • Bake until the cake springs back when lightly touched in the center, about 35 minutes
  • Once done, cool cake in the pan for a few minutes then unmold onto rack to cool completely

Italian Buttercream

  • Combine 4 oz of sugar with the egg whites in the bowl of your stand mixer
  • Combine the water with the remaining sugar in a saucepan. Cook the mixture until it reaches 240°F
  • When the sugar syrup reaches 230°F, turn on the stand mixer with the whisk attachment to medium
  • Stream the hot sugar into the whipping whites. Continue whipping until cooled to room temperature
  • Once meringue is cooled, switch whisk attachment to the paddle attachment and start slowly adding the butter on medium speed. (This will look broken once all the butter is in, but keep whipping it will smooth out)
  • Cream until smooth and light

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      14 comments… add one

      • Jeni @ Biscuits & Booze October 23, 2017, 8:46 am

        That cake looks delicious AND fun. I’m always afraid of Halloween cakes because – well, so many of them don’t look like they’d actually TASTE good. I am pinning this one though – it looks YUMMY!

        • serena October 23, 2017, 9:37 am

          It’s definitely yummy! And so easy to make with unlimited decorating ideas out there

      • Dannii October 23, 2017, 8:52 am

        This is a stunning cake. I am terrible at cake decorating, but this looks great and perfect for a Halloween party.

        • serena October 23, 2017, 9:38 am

          I think that’s why I like the naked icing approach. It’s kinda forgiving 🙂

      • Tina October 23, 2017, 9:01 am

        Seriously, you had me at chocolate ganache:) This looks wonderful and how fun!

        • serena October 23, 2017, 9:39 am

          Super fun for any Halloween event. Could even be a nice Thanksgiving dessert with a simple change of decorations

      • Ben Myhre October 23, 2017, 9:14 am

        Ahhh… that frosting looks excellent. I want a bowl!

        • serena October 23, 2017, 9:39 am

          A bowl of that frosting is so dangerous! Trust me, I know all too well 😉

      • Rebecca | Let's Eat Cake October 23, 2017, 11:33 am

        I love this super spooky Halloween cake!

        • serena October 23, 2017, 11:34 am

          Thanks so much! I had so much fun making it 🙂

      • Kristin @ FoodFash October 25, 2017, 5:36 am

        I’m so envious of your cake baking skills! Mine would come out much more crooked/haunted and not in a good way!

        • serena October 29, 2017, 10:54 am

          Ha! That’s how mine started. A little practice and you will be good to go 🙂

      • Elsa October 23, 2018, 9:51 am

        It looks like a chocolate cake, yet the cake ingredients do not have any chocolate? I’d love to make this, but definitely want chocolate 😍

        • serena October 30, 2018, 7:36 am

          Plenty of chocolate cake recipes on the site you could use to substitute. Enjoy 🙂


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