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Celebrate with Halloween Swirl Cake

Celebrate with Halloween Swirl Cake

October 31, 2014
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It’s October, which means Halloween planning is in full swing. Everywhere I go, I see Halloween decorations, Halloween costumes and (most importantly) Halloween candy. Every October 31st, our neighbors host a neighborhood Halloween party. The turnout is amazing. I love seeing all of the kids dressed up and excited for the evening. While the kids are out trick-or-treating, the parents hang around and enjoy more “adult” foods and beverages. Since every family is responsible for bringing one dish, I decided to bring this festive Halloween Swirl Cake. Not only would the kids enjoy it, but so would their parents. Here’s how I made it.


Heat the oven to 325°F and, while it’s heating, grease and flour a Bundt® pan and mix up the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Bundt Pan with Flour

Next, cream softened butter and sugar with almond extract.

Cream Butter

Add 4 eggs, one at a time, and beat until the mixture is creamy and light.

Add Eggs to Mixture

Start by adding about 1/3 of the flour mixture and beat until combined…

Beat in Flour

…then add about 1/3 of the buttermilk and beat until combined.

Add Buttermilk

Continue this process until you’ve used all of the flour mixture and buttermilk. Grab 3 small bowls and place 3/4 cup of the batter into each bowl.

Divide Batter in Bowls

Tint each bowl with purple, green and orange food coloring. It works best if you use gel food color (you can find it at craft stores) because you’ll get a much more vibrant color. You can use regular food coloring, but the colors of your cake won’t be as intense.

Tint Batter

Spread 1 cup of white batter in the bottom of your prepared Bundt® pan.

White Layer in Bundt Pan

Now for the fun part – drop all different colors of the batter randomly in the Bundt® pan, using 1/4 cup of batter at a time.

Drop Batter into Bundt Pan

Smooth the top of the batter down.

Smooth Batter

Now, using a table knife, gently swirl the batter (don’t over-swirl, though, or else it will just all combine and no swirl will show up).

Swirl with Knife

Bake for 55-65 minutes and when a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean, it’s ready.

Test Batter with Toothpick

Let it cool in the pan for about 10 minutes and then invert the cake onto a plate or cooling rack and let it cool completely.

Invert Cake and Cool

Once the cake is cooled, mix the glaze ingredients together and divide evenly between three small bowls. We’ll do the same thing we did with the cake batter – tint each bowl purple, green and orange.

Mix Glaze Ingredients

Time to decorate! I found it works best if you place the glaze into a resealable plastic food bag and snip the tip off to drizzle the glaze.

Bags of Icing

There’s no need to be perfect here – it’s supposed to be a spooky explosion of color!

Glaze Cake with Icing

I decorated the cake with some creepy, crawly plastic spiders – but you could use whatever you want to add to the “spooky” factor.

Final Halloween Swirl Cake

This won’t last long if you bring it to a party, so make sure to make one to have at home too!



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