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.


trick or treat cake



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



Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 8-10 slices

trick or treat cake

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 !!


  • 225g plain flour
  • 350g caster sugar
  • 85g cocoa powder
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 250m milk
  • 125ml vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250ml boiling water
  • 1 jar chocolate spread
  • 250g butter, softened
  • 500g icing sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp milk
  • food colouring Gel Food Colour orange and green
  • selection of sweets and fruit for top of cake
  • icing bags and basket weave tips


  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Grease and line two 20cm/8in sandwich tins.
  • Put all of the cake ingredients, except the boiling water, into a large mixing bowl. Using a wooden spoon, or electric whisk, beat the mixture until smooth and well combined.
  • Add the boiling water to the mixture, a little at a time, until smooth. (The cake mixture will now be very liquid.)
  • Divide the cake batter between the sandwich tins and bake in the oven for 25-35 minutes, or until the top is firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  • Remove the cakes from the oven and allow to cool completely. While cakes are cooling make butter cream.
  • Beat the butter in a large bowl until soft. Add half of the icing sugar and beat until smooth. Add the remaining icing sugar and one tablespoon of the milk and beat the mixture until creamy and smooth.
  • Divide mixture in two, add a few drops of green to one bowl and a few drops of orange to the other until you get the depth of colour you are happy with.
  • Sandwich the chocolate cakes together with a few dollops of chocolate spread
  • Cover cake with green buttercream, not too thickly
  • Put remainder of the buttercream mixture into 2 icing bags with basket weave tips and decorate
  • the sides to create a basket weave
  • Place in the fridge for an hour to firm up, just before serving decorate with some Halloween sweets and fruit


Please note… you don’t have to use basket weave you can ice it any way you want to!!!!



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.



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  • 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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