These Halloween Cakes and Cupcakes Are Scarily Fun to Make

Maker, beware: there's a sugar rush ahead. These spook-ified Halloween cakes and cupcakes are just as delicious as they are scary, so pick your poison and get piping.

1. Eye Love This Cake

OK, the eyeballs themselves aren't exactly edible — you don't want a mouthful of styrofoam, no matter how much gum paste is draped around it — but they are an easy way to spook up any cake. Decorate 'em with gum paste petals painted with confectioner's glaze for an extra dramatic touch.

Looks like all eyes are on Joshua's latest cake… literally! Join the Caked Boo-sader as he combines sweet and spooky in a tier-ifying Halloween cake, complete with airbrushed eyeballs and a few "haunting" pranks from the crew. (P.S. It's James' favorite episode ever!)

2. A Monster Mash-Up

When you can't decide on your favorite monster, go ahead and make two, even three with those fuzzy spider cake pops! Don't let the tiers on this Halloween cake scare you away, either — they're really simple to stack and decorate. All you have to do is support 'em with straws!

If you're feeling the spooky season as much as we are, roll up your sleeves, grab your piping bags and get decorating!

3. The Tastiest Haunted House

Gingerbread houses aren't just for Christmas. Build the haunted house of your dreams — err, nightmares — with fondant, buttercream, candy and cookies. It'll make a fantastic centerpiece at your Halloween party.

Gingerbread houses are way too much fun to save for just once a year. So we've traded in our candy canes for cobwebs with this oh-so-spooky version. Come closer and have a bite... if you dare.

4. Mummified Mini Cakes

Miniature Halloween cakes can be just as cute as they are creepy. These mummies are made from stacks of cut-out sheet cake, topped with buttercream and wrapped in textured fondant strips. The best part: you don't have to make 'em perfect, since mummy wrappings are often a frayed mess anyway!

We call this a Halloween treat your own mummy would be proud of. And here's a secret — keep it under wraps! — they're quick and easy to make.

5. Night of the Living Zombie Cake

It's aliiiiive! This undead creature looks scarily realistic thanks to meticulous sculpting from modeling chocolate and rice cereal . Place him in a shallow grave of chocolate cake and Oreo buttercream and you've got a dessert that's horrifyingly delicious.

Man About Cake's EPIC Halloween miniseries ends with a creepy chocolate zombie busting out of its grave ... actually more like a delicious chocolate cake mound! Watch as Joshua "THOR" Russell starts with the guts and then uses modeling chocolate and edible colors to craft the creepiest zombie you've ever seen.

6. A Boo-tiful Design

This cute cake is scary easy to make using basic buttercream and fondant techniques. So even if you're not a well-versed cake decorator, you can conjure it up with no hassle.

If we could still trick-or-treat and fill our own pillowcases with thousands of calories of candy, we would. No question. But apparently we're adults now, so Halloween needs to grow up a little bit too. Luckily it doesn't take much to throw together this spook-tastic centerpiece. And we have a sneaking suspicion it'll make you the star of the party.

7. The Sparkliest Spider

Even those with arachnophobia may admit this cake is pretty, well, pretty. Beware: you'll want to allot plenty of prep time before you begin — the gum paste spider needs to dry overnight, so it's best to craft it a day in advance.

Think there's nothing more terrifying than a giant spider? You haven't heard the crew sing Spice Girls yet! Tune in as the Caked Crusader weaves together a spider-themed Halloween cake, served up with a side of suspect serenading. (If you wanna be my Cake Slayer…)

8. Going to the Dark Side

This design puts a Halloween spin on a rainbow that's gorgeous all on its own, but the little bloated monster is the (figurative) icing on the cake. Sculpted from modeling chocolate, he's like a warning to everyone: eat too much cake at once and you may pay the price.

The Man About Cake Halloween shenanigans continue! What's the best part about this festive Halloween-colored rainbow cake? The guilty little monster who ate it! Watch as JJR crafts a bloated monster using modeling chocolate and powdered food coloring. It's a special Halloween twist on the fat unicorn cake trend.

9. A Gargoyle Good Time

Between the modeling chocolate gargoyle and intricate stonework piping, this tiered creation looks like it's straight outta medieval Europe. We recommend using a mold for the gargoyle, so you can focus your efforts on that to-die-for piping.

JJR kicks off an epic three-week Halloween miniseries with a chocolate-sculpted gargoyle cake, including concrete fondant and DELICIOUS orange buttercream.

10. Another Haunted House

If you prefer your spooky homes be made of cake, this tutorial is scarily perfect. Remember, haunted houses tend to look like they're falling apart, so perfection isn't the goal — it's all about creating some creepy character!

Haunted houses are typically full of ghosts, ghouls, vampires and zombies. But what about one that's full of cake? This one is scarily perfect for your Halloween party, and it's great for beginners who want to level up their skills with something a smidge more challenging. The best part: haunted houses tend to look like they're falling apart, so perfection isn't the goal — it's all about creating some creepy character!

11. Feeling Witchy

Get ready to fall under these cupcakes' spell. Once your pieces are cut out and shaped, simply stick 'em together with edible glue and press into some orange buttercream .

Witch, please! Have you ever seen a cooler cupcake topper? You might love fondant or hate it, but there's no denying it's the best for fancy decorations. And Halloween might just be prime time to bust it out. Gather your tools and prepare to get down with some serious hocus-pocus. Broomstick optional.

12. Glowed Up

Slime may not make your mouth water at first glance, but one taste of this fruity, sugary version and you'll soon change your mind. Plus, it's made with just two ingredients and it glows in the dark! Drizzle it over a cake and you've got the most kid-friendly Halloween treat , um, ever.

If you spend any time online (or with a 6-year-old) you've probably seen one, two or twenty slime-making videos. The inedible stuff is made by combining different ratios of glue, water and boric acid (Borax or contact lens solution). It's sticky, gross and plenty of fun to play with! But — until now — it definitely wasn't something you'd want to eat. Allow us to introduce the next generation in slime.

13. Gone Batty

The cutest bats are ones made from fondant: just look at the sugar pearl eyes! The toothy grin! The little cape! These guys are super simple to make, too, so you can craft an entire colony for your cupcakes.

Who says bats have to be scary? Case in point: these lovable buddies, coming soon to a cupcake near you.

14. Braaains

Fully embrace your inner zombie with these brains that really are good enough to eat! You won't believe how easy they are to pull off — all you need are some basic piping skills.

Gimme some brains! For those who love the gorier side of Halloween (or are just really into The Return of the Living Dead), you can make cupcakes that any zombie would love to munch on. And it's all done with simple piping!

15. The Monster Mash

There's more to these cupcakes than meets the ... eyes. That's right: there's a Halloween surprise hiding inside.

These vibrant cupcakes are just right for the little monsters at your Halloween party. You can use whatever color buttercream you like or, if you're feeling extra festive, go with rainbow!

16. Heading for Halloween

There's no better day than All Hallows Eve to look death right in the eye, right? Twist, shape, then stamp the names of all your friends into this fondant gravestone for an extra brave treat.

This cupcake's a dream for chocolate fiends. (Or should we say nightmare because, hello, Halloween? !) Make custom headstones and arrange them into your own deliciously spooky cemetery.

17. No-Mold Skull Cake

It's cute. It's creepy. It's the perfect Halloween sweet. And you don't need a special mold to make it — just piece together a round and square cake, then cover both in buttercream.

This skull cake will make you scream because it's aaahhh-dorable. It's a pretty pop-punk take on Halloween, and so easy you can make it in an afternoon. The best part? You can create the whole thing without any molds!

18. Chocolate Skull Cake

This isn't just a cake. It's a marble cake combined with a brownie, combined with a cookie, combined with a cheesecake smothered in chocolate buttercream for a ridiculous-in-all-the-right-ways creation. Oh, and to make things even more chocolatey, it's packed with goodies like Oreos and and chocolate Pop-Tarts. Y-U-M!

You've asked, and we heard! Here is one EPIC loaded manly cake with brownie, cheesecake, cookie, chocolate and beard oil (just kidding). We dare you to make one.

19. No Tricks, Just Treats

If you have little ones around the house — or you don't like spooky stuff all that much — this is the cake to bake. These monsters are anything but scary, and you'll get to practice your cake sculpting skills .

These monsters just dropped in to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

20. Til Death Do Us Part

Make a beautiful wedding cake with delicate piping and fondant flowers ... and then zombify it. This nightmarish look is perfected with edible fake blood — paint, splatter and pour until you love the finished result.

It started out as a perfectly normal wedding cake… then it went terribly, terribly wrong.

21. Gettin' Catty

Every witch needs a familiar, so why not make one out of fondant? These toppers make every cupcake extra superstitious — make a bunch and create the "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" scene on top of a spooky cake.

Every witch needs a familiar, so why not make one out of fondant? Kick off the spooky season with these scarily superstitious Halloween cake toppers.

22. Glow-in-the-Dark Cupcakes

In broad daylight, this cupcake may look a bit boring. But once you have it under black lights, you'll get a jaw-dropping dessert that glows. The secret is all in the buttercream, meaning you can also use it to make other tricky treats.

In broad daylight, this cupcake may look a bit boring. But once you have it under black lights, you'll get a jaw-dropping dessert that positively glows!

23. Candy Corn Cake

Whether you opt for the fanged or faceless design, this candy corn cake is oh-so-adorable for Halloween. And because none of the buttercream is visible underneath the fondant, you can use any flavor you love !

Candy corn is an iconic Halloween treat, so might as well cake-ify it to be even sweeter. Just think how cute it'll look on your Halloween dessert table!

October 03, 2019
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