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Halloween Swirl Cake

Use paste food color for the most vibrant colors in this fun Halloween party cake!

45 min. prep time
16 servings
131 Rating



3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 teaspoon almond flavoring
3/4 cup buttermilk*
Orange, purple and green paste food color


1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon almond flavoring
2 to 3 tablespoons milk
Orange, purple and green paste food color


Heat oven to 325ºF. Grease and flour 12-cup Bundt® pan; set aside.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in bowl; set aside.

Combine sugar, 1 cup butter and 1 teaspoon almond flavoring in another bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, until well mixed. Add flour mixture, alternately with buttermilk, until well mixed.

Place 3/4 cup batter into each of 3 bowls. Tint with food color to make orange, purple or green batters.

Spread 1 cup white batter in pan to cover pan bottom. Drop remaining white batter and tinted batter by 1/4 cupfuls randomly into pan. Swirl batters gently, using table knife. (Do not over swirl.)

Bake 55-65 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes; invert onto serving plate. Cool completely.

Combine powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon butter in bowl. Beat at low speed until well mixed. Add 1/4 teaspoon almond flavoring and enough milk for desired drizzling consistency; mix well. Divide glaze among 3 bowls; tint with food color to make orange, green or purple glaze.

*Substitute 2 teaspoons lemon juice or vinegar and enough milk to equal 3/4 cup. Let stand 5 minutes.

Recipe Tip

- When making the glaze it helps to have the milk and butter at room temperature so the glaze does not curdle.

- Paste food colors are sold in craft stores and some grocery stores. You can substitute gel food color but colors may not be as vibrant.

Read more about this recipe on Recipe Buzz® Blog.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 360

Fat: 14g

Cholesterol: 80mg

Sodium: 260mg

Carbohydrates: 53g

Dietary Fiber: 1g

Protein: 5g

Recipe #16343©2014Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

Much prettier than it tastes. Doesn't taste bad but doesn't 'jump out' either. Be forewarned this uses LOTS of bowls and dishes (aka, clean-up afterwards!!)! I wouldn't discourage anyone from trying it. :)
I made this cake and it turned out beautifully. I will definitely make this again and use different colors for different holidays.

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