Three Layer Halloween Cake

Are you looking for an attractive Halloween cake?

This is a three layer Halloween cake that we made right at home.  

We found the recipe in Taste of Home magazine's Ultimate Halloween issue for 2011.  The cake is on page 57.

The recipe calls for making the three layer Halloween cake from scratch, but we used store-bought Betty Crocker boxed cake mixes because we had to bring it to a party and we were pressed for time.  Here is the recipe from the magazine to make this cake from scratch:


  • 1 cup of softened butter
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of orange extract
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 10 drops of yellow food coloring
  • 6 drops of red food coloring

Please note: It may take more of the yellow food coloring than the recipe calls for.  We suggest to add the yellow drops first then add enough red drops to make a nice orange color.

Preparation Instructions:

Cream butter and sugar in a bowl until it's light and fluffy.  Then add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each one is added.  Combine the flour, baking powder and salt, add alternately with milk to creamed mixture.  Mix this well.  

To make the chocolate layer, which goes in the middle, combine the cocoa, water and vanilla, stir in 2 cups of the already prepared cake batter.

Pour into  a greased and floured 9 inch round baking pan. Add the orange extract, the peel and the food coloring to the remaining batter.  Pour into two greased and floured 9 inch round baking pans.  Bake at 350 degrees for  thirty minutes or until cake test is done. (Stick a toothpick or a cake tester in the middle of the cake and if it comes out clean the cake should be done.)  Cool for 10 minutes before removing the pans to wire racks.  

Please follow the instructions below to make the frosting and chocolate glaze.

We used white cake mix to make the two orange layers.  To color the batter we added yellow food color and then carefully added a few drops of red food color to make it orange.1

The chocolate layer that appears with them in the picture below was just regular chocolate cake mix:

Three Cake Layers

 The next picture shows the chocolate layer being placed on top of the first orange layer.  

You use a half-cup of the frosting between each layer.  

Here's how to make the frosting:

  • 9 ounces of cream cheese (it usually comes in 8-ounce packages so you will have to open a second one)
  • 5 and three-quarters cups of confectioners' sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • 8 drops of yellow food color
  • 6 drops of red food color 

Please note: While you beat all the ingredients for the frosting together, it took us a lot more yellow food coloring than red.  The best way is to add the yellow color first and then add enough red until the frosting turns orange.


Assembling Three Layer Halloween Cake

Once you have all added the final orange layer on top of the chocolate layer you ice the top and sides of the cake.

After that, you add the chocolate glaze.

To make the glaze, use:

  • 3 ounces of semisweet chocolate
  • 1/3 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • Candy corn to use for garnish

As it shows in the picture below, you let the glaze drizzle down onto the sides of the cake.

The final step is to add the candy corn around the lower edge and then place some of them on the top of the cake.

Three Layer Halloween Cake

As mentioned above, we made this three layer Halloween cake in a hurry because we had to go to a party.  There were four teenage boys at the party and they tore into the cake before we had a chance to take a good picture of it cut open.  

The next time we make this three layer Halloween cake we will add a picture of it sliced open so you can see what the inside looks like.

It was a very rich cake and it tasted wonderful!   


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