Halloween cake

A Halloween cake is a cake prepared with Halloween-themed decorations and symbols. It may be prepared using traditional Halloween colors such as black and orange, and may be decorated in many diverse manners with various themes. It may be a part of the Halloween decorations in households that celebrate the holiday.

A Halloween cake decorated with ghosts, spider webs, skulls and long bones, and spiders. The cake is topped with a jack-o'-lantern.


Halloween cake pops with the appearance of eyeballs

Halloween cake is prepared with Halloween symbols and themes. It may be prepared with orange and black coloration in the cake and icing,[1] because orange is a traditional color associated with Halloween,[2] such as the color of pumpkins,[3] which are used to create jack-o'-lanterns.[4] Black is another traditional Halloween color,[3][4] and black coloration may be used on graveyard-themed cakes, among others. Food coloring may be used in the icing to color it.[1][5] Carrot cakes are sometimes prepared as Halloween cakes,[6][7] per their orange coloration. They are sometimes prepared as a spice cake, as a chocolate cake,[8] as a pudding cake,[9] and as a cheesecake. Halloween cake may be prepared as a layer cake,[10] and also as cake pops[11] and cupcakes.[8] It may be displayed as part of the Halloween decorations during the holiday.[12] Candy corn may be used as a cake decoration,[8] as well as candy pumpkins.


Halloween cakes may be prepared in the appearance of jack-o'-lanterns and pumpkins.[5] Some themes for Halloween cakes include "boogers and slugs", which may be prepared using green tomato as the boogers, and a spider web cake prepared with frosting laid out resembling a spider web.[8] Cakes decorated with graveyard themes are also prepared.[8] Additional themes include a cake designed to resemble a human brain and cupcakes that resemble having bloody teeth emerging from atop them,[13] among others.

Commercial varieties

Some companies mass-produce Halloween cakes, such as Hostess Brands, which manufactures Hostess CupCakes for Halloween named "Hostess Scarycakes."[14] The cakes are prepared with orange-colored frosting[14] and a black frosting stripe.

See also


  1. Crocker, B. (2012). Betty Crocker Halloween Cookbook. Betty Crocker Cooking. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 132. ISBN 978-0-544-17814-4.
  2. Brennan-Nelson, D.; Wu, D. (2011). J is for Jack-O'-Lantern: A Halloween Alphabet. Sleeping Bear Press. p. pt22. ISBN 978-1-58536-601-9.
  3. Dunwich, G. (2007). Witch's Halloween: A Complete Guide to the Magick, Incantations, Recipes, Spells, and Lore. F+W Media. p. 68. ISBN 978-1-4405-1665-8.
  4. Apkarian-Russell, P. (2001). Postmarked Yesteryear: Art of the Holiday Postcard. Collectors Press. p. 100. ISBN 978-1-888054-54-5.
  5. Media, S.R. (2003). Celebrate Halloween. St Remy Media Incorporated. p. 40. ISBN 978-1-894827-27-0.
  6. Bracken, Erica (October 28, 2015). "Halloween Carrot Cake Cupcakes". TheTaste.ie. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
  7. Clark, B.; Dodd, A.; Beckman, J. (2004). The Halloween Handbook: 447 Costumes. Workman Pub. p. 200. ISBN 978-0-7611-2987-5.
  8. Hood, K.J.M. (2014). Halloween Delights Cookbook: A Collection of Halloween Recipes. Cookbook Delights Holiday Series. Whispering Pine Press International, Incorporated. pp. 119–138. ISBN 978-1-59434-181-6.
  9. Selasky, Susan (October 30, 2014). "Test Kitchen recipe: Haunted Graveyard Pudding Cake". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
  10. "Chocolate Layer Cake With Frog Frosting". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  11. Cake Pops Halloween: Tips, Tricks, and Recipes for 20 Spooktacular Treats. Chronicle Books LLC. 2014. pp. 35–37. ISBN 978-1-4521-4020-9.
  12. Saville, J.N.C. (2012). Cake Decorating with the Kids – Halloween: A fun & spooky cake decorating project. F+W Media. p. 14. ISBN 978-1-4463-5900-6.
  13. McCrum, Kirstie (October 14, 2015). "Trick or treat? Halloween cakes look horrifying but are they devilishly tasty?". Irish Mirror. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
  14. "Halloween hand outs get creative and creepy". USA Today. October 14, 2014. Retrieved February 6, 2016.

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