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Halloween Dessert Recipes

Updated on March 2, 2013

Halloween Desserts

Every year thousands of homes host parties for one of America's favorite holidays, Halloween. It doesn't matter if your guests are age 9 or 90 one of the best parts of hosting a holiday party is showing your creativity with tasty deserts. Whether you are looking for recipes or ideas for Halloween cakes, Halloween cookies, or Halloween cupcakes, here you will find some inspirational ideas to spice up your yearly soiree.

Decorating Supplies

If this is your first time trying to decorate you might be overwhelmed by the amount of different tips, bags, colorings, and other supplies that are out there. Your best bet is to purchase an all in one Decorating Kit. Most come with bags, food coloring, and the most standard tips used. They are a great cost effective way to start your decorating adventure.

Halloween Cupcakes and Halloween Cookies

Your Halloween cupcakes can allow you to really stretch your decorating wings and you don't need a lot of practice or experience. If you're short on time purchasing store bought cupcakes and decorating them yourself can save you hours of work. If you aren't so confident in your decorating ability simply frosting them in orange, white, and black and topping them with Halloween Cupcake Picks is a quick and easy way to liven up your desert table. They come in all sorts of varieties such as bats, pumpkins, ghosts, spiders, and gravestones. If you want to try something a bit more outrageous here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

  • Spider Halloween Cupcakes - Try topping chocolate cupcakes with black frosting and chocolate sprinkles. Use two cinnamon candies for the eyes and cut 8 pieces of black rope licorice for the legs.
  • Jack O' Lantern Cupcakes or Cookies - Frost cupcakes or cookies with orange frosting. Use a star shaped tip to put a stem at the top of each one. Use a piping tip to pipe triangle shaped eyes, square nose, and line shaped mouth with triangle teeth onto each one.
  • Mummy Cupcakes Or Cookies - Frost chocolate cupcakes or cookies using a flat tip in a criss-cross pattern leaving a small oval opening for the eyes. Use two Cinnamon candies for eyes.
  • Scary Monster Cookies Or Cupcakes - Frost cupcakes or cookies with green frosting. Using a grass tip pipe black frosting hair on the top and a bit down the sides. Use a writing tip pipe black frosting eyes and black mouth for the face.
  • Boo Cookies or Cupcakes - Simply frost in a variety of colors and pipe the word BOO on them in contrasting colors.

Halloween Cakes

If you are a bit more advanced with your decorating abilities you might want to try decorating a cake for your Halloween party. they can run the gamut from simple orange frosted cakes with a Jack O' Lantern face piped on to multi-layered graveyard creations. Your local craft store probably caries pre-made fondant and sugar sheets which can be used to fashion ghosts, tombstones, witches hats, spiders, bats, and many other scary creatures. Think outside the box. Use gummy worms in a graveyard scene, strawberry sauce for blood, crushed Oreo pie crust for dirt, rope licorice for spider legs or a rat's tail. The possibilities are endless.


Ready to dive in and start making your own creepy confections? Here are a few invaluable recipes to get you started.

Classic Buttercream Recipe

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks or 1/2 pound), softened (but not melted!)
  • 3-4 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar, SIFTED
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract you can also use almond, lemon, or rum extract.
  • up to 4 tablespoons milk or heavy cream


  • Beat butter for a few minutes with a mixer with the paddle attachment on medium speed. Add 3 cups of powdered sugar and turn your mixer on the lowest speed (so the sugar doesn’t blow everywhere) until the sugar has been incorporated with the butter. Increase mixer speed to medium and add vanilla extract, salt, and 2 tablespoons of milk/cream and beat for 3 minutes. If your frosting needs a more stiff consistency, add remaining sugar. If your frosting needs to be thinned out, add remaining milk 1 tablespoons at a time.

Red Velvet Cake

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ounces red food coloring
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa (heaping)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar


  • Cream shortening, sugar and eggs. Make a paste of food coloring and cocoa and add to creamed mixture. Mix together flour and salt and add alternating with the buttermilk. Add vanilla. Mix together soda and vinegar and blend into the batter. Pour into greased and floured 8 or 9 inch cake pans or paper lined muffin tins. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 24-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


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      Karen A. Harris 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      yummy! yummy! yummy! I am most definitely going to try these recipes. Thank you for sharing :)


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