halloween basket cake

Happy Halloween or “Saimhain” in the Irish Language.   How quickly 2017 has gone.  I love this time of the year, the Autumn colours, and of course Halloween Baking  and all those flavours – pumpkin, toffee apple, cinnamon.   I can say hand on heart I love Halloween Baking  almost as much as Christmas Baking. We’ve just finished carving our pumpkins which we won’t light till Halloween Eve

It’s certainly a holiday that has increased in popularity over the years , thanks to our American Cousins, who really go all out with their celebrations..For my overseas readers did you know Halloween was first celebrated in Ireland by the Druids.  It was known as Samhain – the “Feast of the Dead”, when it was believed  the dead revisited the mortal world.  The celebration marked the end of Summer and the start of the Winter months .

There were no pumpkins here, turnips were used.  It is said that a turnip lighting in a window kept the dead away.  This led to the tradition of using pumpkins in the US by the Irish immigrants.  There was a huge shortage of turnips, but pumpkins were plentiful and were a good substitute. 

If you would like to know more about the history of Halloween check out NEWGRANGE.COM who have a wonderful article on the Celtic Roots of Halloween .

The kids will dress up as always, costumes get more extravagant every year no more black bin liners like I was made wear back in the “olden days” as my son says.   There will of course be a barmbrack on the table, getting the ring was always a big part of Halloween for my kids and caused many an argument and still does!!



Taking pride of place beside the barmbrack will be my Halloween Cake a little a tradition of my own I started a few years ago. This year it will be a Halloween Candy Basket Cake.  A Chocolate Fudge Cake covered in orange & green frosting iced with a basket weave tip and topped with Halloween Sweets.  I got my inspiration from the sweets or candy my kids get when they go “trick or treating” or “Help the Halloween Party” as we used to say.


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This is a very easy cake to mix, all the ingredients go into one mixing bowl you don’t even need a mixer. It’s a good one for the kids to help with that’s if you don’t mind a messy kitchen… if you don’t fancy doing a weaving icing effect on the cake then just do your own thing.. just don’t forget the sweets !!


The basket weave frosting may look difficult but it’s not it just takes a bit of time. Of course you could just spread the frosting around the cake and smooth it out  with a knife




Please check out my FACE BOOK BAKING PAGE for  more Halloween Cakes


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For my overseas readers I have included  a conversion tool below !!  You can use it to convert grms to cups etc.

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Make sure you check out my FACEBOOK BAKING PAGE for more easy baking treats.




  • Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh October 2, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Wow, this cake screams Halloween! In a good way. 🙂 I can’t believe how creative this is, and the candy on top, awesome idea!

    • Karyn October 2, 2017 at 8:50 pm

      It’s not your everyday chocolate cake but it is Halloween!!!!

  • Lauren @ Delicious Little Bites October 2, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    This is amazing! My kids would love all of your Halloween creations – you are very talented!

    • Karyn October 2, 2017 at 8:48 pm

      ah.. Thank you so much Lauren..I love Halloween baking just as much as Christmas Baking x

  • Catherine October 2, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    What a fun and festive cake for Halloween! Such intricate detailing…love how you went all out with this!

    • Karyn October 2, 2017 at 8:49 pm

      Thanks Catherine.. A special cake for a special occasion

  • Noel Lizotte October 2, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Shared! This is a great cake for the Halloween Trick or Treat parties! Heck, it’s great for any candy loving day!

    • Karyn October 2, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      Thanks Noel..I think Halloween always deserves a special cake!!

  • Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife October 3, 2017 at 4:05 am

    What a fun idea! I love it. I’ll have to make it with my kids! I love how much creative freedom you can have with it.

    • Karyn October 4, 2017 at 9:51 pm

      So right Marlynn – its one of those special occasion cakes, but so fun to make and eat lol

  • Veena Azmanov October 3, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    OH that is so Halloween. I love the candy basket !! So cute..Those eyes.. perfect for my kids ultimate fun..

    • Karyn October 4, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      Thanks Veena.. My kids “helped” with the decoration.. as well as eating it

  • Adriana Lopez Martn October 4, 2017 at 3:02 am

    Oh my goodness this is just beautiful love all the details and how festive it is. I bet it is also tasty.

    • Karyn October 4, 2017 at 9:48 pm

      thank you Adriana.. It was great fun to make.. kids devoured it

  • swathi October 5, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    These Candy basket cake looks really cute kids will love it. Candy and cake together which is best treat they can ask for Halloween.

    • Karyn October 9, 2017 at 9:55 am

      Thank you Swathi..It would be great for a Halloween party🎃


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