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Halloween surprise cake

If you think Halloween is just for kids then you’ve never seen this cake. This stunning orange and dark chocolate cake is as fun to eat as it is to make!

Halloween surprise cake |

Although it looks hard, trust us, this cake isn’t as difficult to assemble as you may think. Made from boxed cake mix, canned frosting and food dye, you can make and decorate it in under an hour. If you think this cake is fun to look at it, wait until you cut into it!

Halloween surprise cake recipe

Serves about 12


  • 2 boxes white cake mix, plus ingredients asked for on the box
  • 2 cans super dark chocolate frosting
  • 1 can vanilla whipped frosting
  • Red food coloring
  • Yellow food coloring
  • Piping bag
  • Black icing gel
  • About 1/2 cup mini-chocolate chips



Mix cake into different shades of orange

Mix cake batter according to directions on box, then divide the batter evenly into four separate bowls.

To give the inside a really 3D, gradient orange, we mixed a few different shades together. We did this by adding different drops of red and yellow together to get three different shades of orange, leaving one bowl uncolored.

Halloween surprise cake |

Halloween surprise cake |

If you want, you can just go with one shade of orange to make it simpler.


Swirl oranges together

Grease and flour two 8-inch cake pans. Using a spoon, swirl the different color cake mixes together in each cake pan until each one is filled 3/4 full.

Halloween surprise cake |


Bake cakes and let cool

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake cakes for about 38-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Let cool on a wire cooling rack for at least an hour or until cool enough to frost.

Halloween surprise cake |


Frost and add chocolate chips

Level off the top of one cake to make sure it stacks perfectly. Then liberally frost the top of the cake. Carefully place the second cake on top.

Halloween surprise cake |

Using a cake spatula, spread the rest of the frosting over the cakes, smoothing it out after each addition.

Halloween surprise cake |

Halloween surprise cake |

Sprinkle the top edge of the cake with mini chocolate chips.

Halloween surprise cake |


Pipe ghosts

To make the mini ghosts, scoop the white frosting into a piping bag. Add a small tip and pipe little swirls to the top of the cake.

Halloween surprise cake |

Add black icing gel to make faces on each ghost.

Halloween surprise cake |

Halloween surprise cake |

Then cut the cake and enjoy!

Halloween surprise cake |

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Jack-o’-lantern pinata cake

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