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Halloween Cake

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Halloween Cake
Prep Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 3 minutes
Servings 8 slices
Calories 1217kcal
Author Miranda Couse



  • 1 cup butter room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 T. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 2 - 3 drops electric orange, electric green, electric purple, super black gel paste colors


  • 16 oz, cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 cup butter room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • super black gel paste color
  • Black sanding sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper. Mark it into four strips on the parchment paper. I used wilton's 4 piece easy layers loaf pan pans instead. You could also use two loaf pans and bake two ate a time.
  • In a large bowl, add in the butter and sugar. Beat on medium until light and fluffy.
  • Add in the vanilla and each egg one at a time. Beat for one minute until incorporated.
  • In a separate bowl, sift in the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add a third of the dry mixture into the wey mixture. Beat just until combined.
  • Add half of the buttermilk and beat until just combined.
  • Repeat adding another third of the flour then the rest of the milk. Finish with the last bit of flour.
  • Divide the batter evenly into 4 bowls. Add 2 -3 drops of each gel paste color into each bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Add each batter to a prepared pan. Spread the batter out evenly.
  • Place into the oven and let bake for 18 minutes or until done. Place a clean toothpick into the center of the cake and if it comes out with moist crumbs or clean, it's done. If there's still batter, let it bake longer.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool.


  • In a large mixing bowl, add in the cream cheese, and butter. Mix until smooth and incorporated.
  • Add in the powdered sugar and vanilla and mix until combined. Mix another minute or two until smooth and fluffy.
  • Add in the black gel paste color and mix until well mixed. Add more gel paste color if you want to deepen the color.
  • Trim the top of the cake so there is no dome.
  • Add the black layer of cake and then a thin layer of frosting. Make sure the frosting is even.
  • Add the purple layer of cake and then a thin layer of frosting. Repeat with the orange and green cake layers.
  • Place into the fridge until the frosting is firm. I let mine sit overnight in the fridge.
  • Roll the cake on its side so the layers are vertical.
  • Frost the cake with the remaining frosting.
  • Coat the sides of the cake with black sanding sugar. I placed a sheet pan under my cake pan as I coated the sides with sanding sugar so it would catch the extra sugar.
  • Cut and serve.


Calories: 1217kcal | Carbohydrates: 135g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 70g | Saturated Fat: 41g | Cholesterol: 320mg | Sodium: 918mg | Potassium: 254mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 98g | Vitamin A: 2435IU | Calcium: 145mg | Iron: 3.1mg