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How to Make a Halloween Ghost Cake With Flaming Eyes

Updated on September 30, 2008

If you’re having a Halloween party for kids you’re going to need lots of spooky treats! Of all the cake ideas I found, this recipe for a Halloween ghost cake with flaming eyes is the simplest. This kids cake is also sure to be the hit of any party. While this ghost cake instructions call for a complicated, quick burning set of eyes, you can also use long burning tea lights for a similar (I think better) effect! Take this ghost cake to the neighborhood party and you’ll be a hit among ghouls!



This cake is ridiculously adorable. Kids will love it and parents will be impressed by your kitchen prowess. Don’t tell them how easy it is. Just let it be your specialty!

Photo: Scribbet
Photo: Scribbet

What You Need For the Cake:

  • Standard box white cake mix (chocolate cake, or any other, works just as well.)
  • 9 x 13 rectangular pan
  • white frosting, or whipped cream
  • toothpicks
  • M&Ms, Junior Mints, chocolate chips, or other dark, round candy

Note: It's also fine of course if you have other batter recipes. Cakes are cakes!

What You Need For the Eyes:

  • Empty eggshell
  • 2 sugar cubes
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 2 tea lights

Start by baking a white cake according to the directions on the box. Bake it in a greased 9 x 13 rectangular pan. Once cooled, carefully cut the ghost's rounded head by starting halfway up the side of the cake on both sides. Take that piece you've just cut off and cut it in half. Attach each half to either side of the cake to make the arms. Secure with toothpicks. Ice the cake with whipped cream or white icing. Create mouth from the by sticking the candy into the frosting.

Directions for the eyes:
The traditional way to make this cake is to use two halves of an empty egg shell. (How you get the egg shell in half is beyond me! Place a sugar cube in each half egg shell and pour 1/2 teaspoon of lemon extract over each. Light it and it burns for a minute or two. I prefer to use tealights. They’re easy to stick into the frosting and stay lit for hours. Just don’t leave this cake, burning, unattended on the buffet table!

Optional: You might be able to find some commercial cake decorations to use for eyes. Or you could just make some out of craft paper. But they won't be flaming, and isn't that the best part?

See Also:

Kids Halloween Party Ideas
Halloween Recipes for Kids
How to Start the Halloween Boo in Your Neighborhood

Halloween Jokes For Kids: Sorted by Type

Kids Halloween Costumes: Quick and Cheap Homemade

Should You Let Your Kids Celebrate Halloween?

Best Halloween Books For Kids

Top Ten Tips for Trick-or-Treat Safety

How to Make a Halloween Boo Basket
Halloween Boo Poems and Signs



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  • Ruby H Rose profile image

    Maree Michael Martin 

    6 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

    Something simple and sweet, thanks for a great ghostly treat!

  • leblanc profile image


    9 years ago from Canada

    Wow this is a really great concept! Will see if my wife can do this :) As for me, I gave up on baking even for simple ones :(

  • Dottie1 profile image


    10 years ago from MA, USA

    A ghost cake with flaming eyes. Now that's different. I'm definitely going to make this for my Halloween dessert. Thanks for the recipe.

  • entertaininstyle profile image


    10 years ago from Southern California

    Adorable cake. I have a suggestion for getting the egg shells in half. Poke a small hole in the middle of shell, then using small kitchen scissors, insert a blade into the hole to carefully cut egg shell in half. Small fingernail scissors would work great, but obviously would need to be cleaned first! :)

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    Dee Duckett 

    10 years ago

    How wonderful. I can't wait to make the cake. Thanks

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    Eddie Perkins 

    10 years ago

    Very interesting. My Grandchildren would love this. ~ eddie

  • Bob Ewing profile image

    Bob Ewing 

    10 years ago from New Brunswick

    Kids will like this cake.:)

  • starrkissed profile image


    10 years ago from Arizona

    that is a cute idea!


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