Quick, Easy and Colorful Halloween Cake

October 9th, 2012 by Rose Chierici

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. It’s a great time to celebrate with fun and colorful desserts.

This year, I wanted to experiment with tinted cake batter. I used a caramel cake mix and a vanilla mix. I tinted the caramel cake mix with black Wilton Icing Color. I used orange icing color for one half of the vanilla mix, and purple icing color for the other half.

Coloring the Cake Batter

I began by pouring the black batter in the sprayed Fluted Tube Pan. Next, pour the orange batter and finally the purple. I did not blend the batter, but simply poured them on top of each other. I baked the cake at 325 degrees for about 40-45 minutes.

Pouring the Cake Batter

After the cake had cooled, I drizzled the top with Confectioners’ Sugar Glaze. The glaze looks really white when you begin to drizzle on the cake, but then becomes translucent. I added sprinkles on the glaze. The glaze helps keep the sprinkles adhered to the cake.

Halloween Bundt Cake

When I sliced the first piece of cake – wow! The colors were so bright and vivid. My family was in awe! Have you experimented with tinted batter?

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Rose Chierici Rose is a 13-year veteran on Wilton's customer service team. She enjoys cooking, baking, and making cakes for her Grandkids' birthdays and other celebrations. She loves to go bowling and dancing with her husband and friends.

9 Replies

  1. Lisa says:

    I have made colored batter. Made red, white, and blue for the 4th of July and a “zebra” just for fun! I LOVE the colors of your cake. Very Halloween-ish (?) 🙂

  2. Rose says:

    Thanks Lisa,

    Zebra sounds very cool! There are so many color combinations you can do even for your favorite sports teams. Ours is Chicago Bears so I think that will be my next party cake.

  3. basketpam says:

    I hate to say this but the cake doesn’t look all that appealing to me. And, as they say we eat with our eyes first. I am sure however that kids will LOVE anything like this. I like to make a fall cake which looks like a pumpkin. Bake two bundt cakes making sure you use the same pan so the two cakes match in design. Turn one upside down on top of the other to resemble a “pumpkin” combining with orange frosting of your choice. You can seal the hole in the cake by covering a tin can lid with foil and then frost over it or just a piece of cardboard. Cut a third off of a very firm banana and cover with green frosting. Place this on top of the cake and make desired face using fruit roll-ups or other candy of choice. Makes a GREAT edible pumpkin and party cake.

    • Rose says:

      Dear Basketpam,

      Yes, my grandkids loved the Wilton vivid colors and combination of flavors in the cake. They were totally surprised when we cut into the cake.

      Your suggestion for the pumpkin cake is very interesting and would be worth a try. Thank you for your feedback and visiting our website!

  4. Krystal says:

    This is a great idea! Seems very easy, yet effective!

  5. deana says:

    Will this work for cupcakes as well. That is sooo neat I think I might make one for the family. Who makes a Carmel Cake Mix? As you can tell I am a very new beginner at cake decorating, or for cupcakes or cookies too.

    • Rose says:

      Hi Deanna,

      Thanks so much your great comments. Duncan Hines makes a caramel cake mix. I would this would work for cupcakes also. It is very easy but just be careful on how much batter you put in each liner.

      Happy Baking and have a great day!

  6. Charlie says:

    Need clarification on a couple of things. What size bundt pan are you using? Do you use 15.25 or 18.25 oz cake mix? Do you just put part of each cake mix in the bundt pan and use the rest of the mix(s) for something else?

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