Halloween is largely about scares and sweets – at least, it certainly is in my book. I enjoy breaking out a variety of spooky decorations and taking my baked goods over-the-top for Halloween parties and other seasonal events. Halloween is a fun holiday and you should take that same attitude towards your desserts. These easy Halloween baking ideas, from cupcakes to cookies, will make sure everyone knows how DEADicated you were to making your Halloween party memorable.
Slasher Movie Cupcakes (above) – These cupcakes are an homage to all those classic slasher films that get rerun every Halloween and never fail to give me goosebumps. The decoration is easy to make and a touch of Edible Blood gives them the perfect gory look. Not only are the cupcakes irresistible, but I have a feeling that this “blood” also tastes better than some of the concoctions that they used in older horror flicks, too.
Vampire Cupcakes - This recipe is a classic that I’ve been making for years and have yet to tire of. They’re vanilla cupcakes with a cherry “blood” filling that oozes out when you take a bite. They’re great for Halloween and can be served year-round to vampire fans when you’re screening your favorite fang-tastic films. I also have a video tutorial that will walk you through the process of making them.
Vampire Whoopie Pies – These soft, cream-filled snack cakes are just as much fun to eat as the vampire cupcakes – and they might even be easier to make! The tender pies are made with vanilla cakes sandwiched together with a vanilla buttercream that hides a “bloody” surprise for anyone who dares take a bite!!
Blood Brains Cupcakes – These cupcakes will have you (and the zombie-fans in your home) saying “mmm… brains” and actually meaning it! The cupcakes are filled with a delicious raspberry filling that compliments the cake very well. I used a white cake, however you can easily use your favorite chocolate cupcake in this recipe with equally delicious results.
Halloween Confetti Cupcakes - This seasonal twist on Funfetti cupcakes involves stirring some Halloween-colored sprinkles into my favorite vanilla cupcake recipe. The resulting cupcakes have a pop of color that gives your guests a delightful surprise without requiring much extra effort from you. They’re a great choice if you’re pressed for time and want to make a dessert that looks like it required a lot of effort – or if you simply want to use up that container of green and purple sprinkles before Halloween is over.
Candy Corn Cupcakes- Serve these orange and yellow cupcakes upside down with a dollop of frosting on the bottom to give them the triangular shape of traditional candy corn. The colorful cupcakes always attract oohs-and-aahs, even from those who aren’t usually candy corn fans.
Candy Corn Oreo Ice Cream – This is a great recipe because it can be adapted to any of those fun seasonal Oreo cookie flavors, from the simple black and orange Halloween Oreos to the funky Pumpkin Spice cookies. It’s a no-churn ice cream that can be put together in just a few minutes (though you will need to allow freezing time for it to set up) and the finished ice cream tastes like cookies n’ cream with a holiday twist.
Spiderweb Pumpkin Tart – Though it looks surprisingly elegant for a Halloween dessert, this tart is even easier than making pumpkin pie. The design can be piped on in a matter of seconds and it just so happens that I have made a video tutorial that will walk you through the process from start to finish. Pick up some spider-shaped candies to act as garnish before serving.
Zombie Graveyard Cake - Ideal for serving a big crowd, this cake is a colorful dessert option that isn’t too scary. The sheet cake is swirling with bright, yet still Halloween-appropriate, colors and is topped with a “dirt” crumb graveyard that you can decorate any way you want to. Kids will love putting tombstones, candy corn pumpkins and candy bones in place to bring the scene to life.
Pumpkin Pie Rice Krispy Treats – Cereal bars aren’t just for kids and this pumpkin spice batch will have everyone in your house wanting seconds. The bars are made with pumpkin spice marshmallows and sit on a graham cracker crust, capturing all the flavors of a classic pumpkin pie in a whole new way.