Halloween Chocolate Ghost Cake

Spooky Halloween Ghost Chocolate Cake with Buttermilk at sewlicioushomedecor.com

Halloween Chocolate Ghost Cake

Scare up some fun this Halloween with a delicious ghost cake. This Chocolate Ghost Cake is not only over the top delicious, it’s fun and easy to make. All you need for the spooky ghost is a cookie cutter.

This cake is cute, simple and delicious…you can’t get any better than that!

Today was one of my favorite days. I played in the kitchen with cake and cookie cutters.

What could be more fun than that? Besides shopping!! lol

This cute little ghost cake is really simple and fun! If you’ve never made a cake like this I challenge you to just do it!

A Spooky Delicious Halloween Ghost Chocolate Cake

You’ll be surprised how easy it is.

You will bake two cakes. A white cake and one chocolate cake. That’s easy, right?

You will bake your white cake in a 9×13 pan. This is the cake you will use to cut our your ghosts. Your ghosts will need to be at least 1-2″ thick. No less. 

Once you have cut out the ghosts, you will line a loaf pan with foil and place them in the pan as shown below. Make sure they fit nice and snug, otherwise they will fall to one side or move around all over the pan.

Sounds easy enough, right?

Now all you do is pour your chocolate cake batter over the ghosts.

Q. Does baking the ghosts twice make it taste dry?

No. Be sure to buy a super moist cake mix and it will turn out just fine.

For the chocolate cake you can also use a boxed cake mix.


cookie cutter ghost cake

Here are a few helpful tips:


MAKE SURE THE GHOSTS FIT TIGHTLY TOGETHER IN THE PAN. They will move if they aren’t fit tightly together.


Gently, pour the chocolate cake batter on one side, then the other side, then pour the remaining batter on top.

If you pour the batter directly on top first, the ghost will fall to one side.

Grease your cookie cutter with cooking spray so the arms won’t stick to the cookie cutter. Trust me, the arms will nearly fall off. (Tip: Don’t use butter or it will color the white cake yellow)

A Spooky Delicious Halloween Ghost Chocolate Cake

Yields 2 Cakes=1 Loaf

Halloween Ghost Chocolate Cake

Scare up some fun this Halloween with a delicious ghost cake. This Chocolate Ghost Cake is not only over the top delicious, it's fun and easy to make.

45 minPrep Time

1 hrCook Time

1 hr, 45 Total Time

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    Chocolate Cake
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cups quality cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • White Cake
  • 1 Super Moist boxed white cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 vegetable oil
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Food coloring
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


    Chocolate Cake
  1. Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix together. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry. With mixer on low, add in milk. Mix well. Pour batter down the sides of your loaf pan then on top of the ghosts. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool before frosting.
  2. White Cake
  3. Combine cake mix, eggs, water and oil and mix well. Pour in a prepared 9x13 pan, Cook until tested done. Let cool then cut out using ghost cookie cutters. Line them up in a loaf pan, making sure to add enough so they fit tightly together and not falling over.
  4. Pour chocolate cake batter over ghosts. Bake until tested done.
  5. Icing
  6. Mix together melted butter and cream cheese. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Add in food coloring if you want to make it Halloween colors. Spread on cooled cake.
  7. NOTE: You can substitute this cake mix for a boxed cake mix if you prefer.


This will work with any other Halloween cookie cutter you may have. Use food coloring to make your frosting festive.

NOTE: You can substitute this cake for a boxed cake (any flavor) if you prefer.


Items used for this cake:

baking dishcake batter bowl | loaf pan | milk bottles | paper straws | cake stand (look alike) | oven mittstand mixer | cookie cutter/bowl set | ghost cookie cutters

Other items needed to bake a cake: 

3-piece cake stand | pedestal cake stand | bakeware set | mixing bowls | spatulas | hand mixer | oven thermometer

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  1. Hi! I MUST have done something wrong... My white cake inserts floated to the top after I carefully added the chocolate cake batter. Have you ever heard of this happening?
    • Oh my goodness! What probably happened is that the ghosts were not "snug" enough. The ghosts need to be thick, I used about a 1-2" thick cookie cutter and when you line them in the loaf pan you need to add several so that they are fit tightly and snug together. If they are snug they won't move at all. Sorry the first one didn't turn out, but as I always say....never give up! Practice, practice practice until it comes out perfect!
  2. Visiting from Welcome To Show Me Saturday link party. This cake looks brilliant, I love it! I co-host Sweet and Savoury Sunday and would love for you to stop by and share this and other recipes with us when the party goes live on Sunday. Have a great day!

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