This Halloween, make the centerpiece of your party table an edible one, with one of these Halloween cake recipes full of creepy crawly critters. They’re tame enough for most kids and appeal to simple and sophisticated taste buds. Best of all, each recipe features some favorite Halloween creatures and critters. Your guests will ooh, aah (and maybe even scream!) over the cake all evening, and then thoroughly enjoy getting to dig into it when it’s time to eat.

There’s plenty of room to improvise when it comes to cake recipes, and this trio is certainly no different. Have fun with the creation, make the cake your own, and enjoy all of the rave reviews as guests enjoy the sweet flavors and variety of textures in your cake.

Spooky Spider Web Cheesecake

At Halloween parties decorated with cobwebs and fake spiders, guests may not even notice at first glance that the spider web in the middle of your table is an edible one. This cake has a clean, crisp appearance, features a beautiful spider web, and fits in perfectly with your other Halloween party decor. Spiders dangling from cobwebs above and around it can make it much creepier, if that’s the look you’re going for. This cake is definitely not just about looks, either, as the fall flavor of the pumpkin makes it a decadent treat that your guests are sure to love!

Spooky Spider Web Cheesecake

Recipe Type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 18 cream-filled chocolate cookies, finely crushed (about 1-1/2 cups)
  • 2 tbsp. butter or margarine, melted
  • 3 pkg. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin
  • 1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 square semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 tsp. butter or margarine
Instructions
  1. HEAT oven to 350°F.
  2. MIX cookie crumbs and melted butter; press onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan.
  3. BEAT cream cheese and sugar in large bowl with mixer until blended. Add pumpkin and spice; mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Pour over crust.
  4. BAKE 50 to 55 min. or until center is almost set; cool slightly. Carefully spread sour cream over top of cheesecake. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim.
  5. MICROWAVE chocolate and 1 tsp. butter in microwaveable bowl on MEDIUM (50%) 30 sec.; stir until chocolate is completely melted. Drizzle over cheesecake in spiral pattern. Starting at center of cheesecake, pull toothpick through lines from center of cheesecake to outside edge to resemble a spider’s web. Refrigerate 4 hours.

Creepy Coffin Cake

Are you hosting a last-minute Halloween party, or just don’t have time to invest in making a cake? This is one of the rare Halloween cake recipes that requires no baking and takes only 20 minutes to prepare. The monster in the coffin can look as creepy as you like, but remember to make it appropriate for your guests. If small children are in attendance, a smiling monster will seem much less intimidating than one who looks more like a zombie!

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup grape flavor sugar-sweetened soft drink mix
  • 2 tbsp. hot water
  • 4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup thawed whipped topping
  • 4 cream-filled chocolate cookies, divided
  • 1 pkg. (10.75 oz.) frozen pound cake, thawed
  • 10 miniature narshmallows
  • 1 regular-size marshmallow
  • Black decorating gel
  • 3 worm-shaped chewy fruit snacks

Make It

  • PLACE drink mix in large bowl. Add hot water; stir until drink mix is completely dissolved. Add cream cheese; beat with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Gently stir in whipped topping with wire whisk. Remove 1/2 tsp. of the cream cheese mixture for later use; set remaining cream cheese mixture aside.
  • CRUSH 3 of the cookies; place cookie crumbs in shallow dish. Set aside. Cut cake lengthwise in half. Frost cake top with some of the remaining cream cheese mixture. Dip in cookie crumbs until evenly coated; set aside. Place cake bottom on serving platter; frost top and sides with some of the remaining cream cheese mixture. Place cake top next to cake bottom to resemble coffin lid. Frost sides and cut side of cake top with remaining cream cheese mixture.
  • PLACE remaining cookie in center of cake bottom to resemble a body. Line up two rows of 3 mini marshmallows each at bottom of “body” to resemble legs. Place 2 miniature marshmallows on sides of “body” to resemble arms. Place large marshmallow at top of “body” to resemble head. Using reserved 1/2 tsp. cream cheese mixture, attach 2 miniature marshmallows to sides of “head” to resemble ears. Use decorating gel to draw mouth and eyes. Top cake with fruit snacks.


Scary Swamp Cake

What do you get when you hollow out a chocolate cake and fill it with green gelatin, then surround it with all sorts of edible creatures? A toxic swamp fit for any ogre, princess, or superhero to enjoy! This cake has a freeform shape and a lot of visual interest that will have little ones peering into the swamp to see what creepy critters they can find hanging out in the bottom.

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. (2-layer size) devil’s food cake mix
  • 8 cream-filled chocolate cookies, chopped
  • 1 tub (8 oz.) whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • 1-1/4 cups boiling water
  • 2 pkg. (3 oz. each) lime flavor gelatin
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 7 chewy fish-shaped candies
  • 1 marshmallow
  • 1/2 cup cocoa and cinnamon flavored almonds
  • 4 worm-shaped chewy fruit snacks
  • 1/2 tsp. black decorating gel
  • 1 piece black licorice
  • 1 peanut bar, cut into pieces
  • 1 bar milk chocolate, cut into pieces

Make It

  • PREPARE cake batter and bake in 13×9-inch pan as directed on package. Cool completely. Invert cake onto platter; remove pan. Carefully hollow out center of cake, leaving thin layer on bottom and about 2-inch-wide irregular-shaped border on sides. Crumble removed cake. Reserve 2 tbsp.; mix remaining crumbled cake with chopped cookies.
  • SPREAD about 1/2 cup whipped topping onto bottom of hole in cake. Add boiling water to gelatin mixes in large bowl; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Add ice cubes; stir until gelatin starts to thicken. Remove any unmelted ice. Stir in reserved cake crumbs; spoon over whipped topping in cake. Add fish candies as shown in photo. Refrigerate 3 hours or until gelatin is firm.
  • FROST sides and border of cake with remaining whipped topping; press enough cookie crumb mixture into whipped topping to evenly cover whipped topping. Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture onto platter around cake.
  • ROLL marshmallow into 3-inch-long piece; fold lengthwise in half and flatten slightly to resemble ghost. Place on cake; use decorating gel to make eyes. Decorate cake with remaining ingredients to resemble photo.

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