Eat At Your Own Risk: A Haunted Castle Cake

Haunted Castle Bundt Cake

Halloween is just a few weeks away and that time of year when everything becomes a little spooky. . .even cake!


I scared up a haunted incarnation of a castle cake using my Nordic Ware Castle Bundt Pan.


You can use your favorite bundt cake recipe to bake a haunted castle cake or convert a boxed mix to a bundt cake. To make a bundt cake from a boxed mix, use any cake mix except pound cake or angel food. To your box mix, add 1 small package instant pudding (not cook ‘n serve), 4 large eggs, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup vegetable oil and 1 cup sour cream. (I used a spice cake mix and butterscotch pudding.)


Follow the directions on the box for mixing, and bake approximately 30 – 35 minutes in your prepared bundt pan. When your cake tests done, transfer the pan to a wire rack and let the cake cool upright in the pan for 15 minutes. Then tap the pan firmly a few times and shake it gently to help loosen the cake. Invert the pan onto the rack, lift it off and let the cake continue to cool on the rack.


Once your cake is cooled, the spooky fun and death by candy begins. . .


Visit your favorite haunts to gather your supplies to make your haunted cake as festive or frightening as you dare. . .

Haunted Castle Cake

I trimmed the bottom of the cake to make it level and used the trimmings to elevate the front of the cake, then covered it with chocolate cookie crumbs, aka graveyard dirt. A few cracks in your cake will make it appear decrepit which you can leave or disguise with your candy or frosting.

Haunted Castle Bundt Cake

Angled cuts on pieces of licorice make spooky Gothic windows. Attach them with frosting and/ or add a toothpick, cut in half to keep them in place (toothpicks, aka wooden stakes can be deadly so be careful and remove toothpicks before serving).


Candy twists pops decorate the turrets and Wilton candy bones provide a door knob. A RIP cupcake pick marks where the bones are not buried. Heed or disregard the warning to Eat at Your Own Risk. . .


An orange rock candy walkway is secured in place with a little frosting and licorice pieces frame the doorway.


Candy corn borders the crenellation of the parapet and chocolate foil-wrapped ghosts and skeletons stand as spooky sentries, surrounding the castle wall.


Haunted Castle Cake Supplies

Nordic Ware Pro Cast Castle Bundt Pan / Amazon

Betty Crocker Orange Rock Candy /Target

Chocolate Ghosts & Skeletons / World Market

Candy twist pops / Party City

Cupcake picks / Michaels

Wilton Candy Bones / Party City

Licorice, candy corn, candy pumpkins / Grocery store


With just a few tricks your Haunted Castle Cake can provide a sweet ending for a party this Halloween!

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  29 comments for “Eat At Your Own Risk: A Haunted Castle Cake

  1. October 5, 2015 at 6:37 am

    I love it Mary! The twisty lollypops are too cool! And I would have no problem eating it at my own risk:@)

  2. Ellen Stillabower
    October 5, 2015 at 6:46 am

    Oh sooooo scary cute and sounds delicious!!! Thank you for sharing!!! 🎃🎃🎃🎃

  3. Sherlie Magaret
    October 5, 2015 at 7:03 am

    This cake is so cute and scary. Love it!

  4. Michelle
    October 5, 2015 at 7:35 am

    So well decorated! Spooky! The recipe for the cake is one to try. 🎃🎃🍁🌴
    Have a good week!😊

  5. October 5, 2015 at 7:40 am

    TOO TOO FUN! Love it Mary!!!

  6. October 5, 2015 at 7:50 am

    Your having so much FUN! I can so get behind your death by candy :-)

  7. October 5, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Good Grief, Mary…this creation is amazing! What a hoot! I smiled & giggled at every turn of phrase & as usual, am in awe of your talents.

  8. Debbie
    October 5, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Adorable — you get my vote for most creative blog! Love it and love your blog! Happy Halloween!!!

  9. October 5, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Frightfully Fabulous Mary!! You found some spookilicious treats to decorate your haunted castle cake! I love the skeleton sentries and the twisty turrets! Nothing says Halloween better than a nice haunted house, even better if it’s made of cake and candy~ you have put a big smile on my day!

  10. October 5, 2015 at 8:33 am

    So cool I am definitely making this but I think I will make it with gingerbread mix.

  11. October 5, 2015 at 8:57 am

    This cake is simply amazing! I might have to try and make this for an upcoming party and can’t wait to decorate it!
    xo – Michelle

  12. Leslie
    October 5, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Wonderfully done!

  13. October 5, 2015 at 9:07 am

    What a creative, fun haunted castle cake, Mary! Thank you for teaching us to make things easily, without complication. My grands would have such fun decorating one of these haunted castles, and then eating it for a reward!

  14. October 5, 2015 at 10:19 am

    What an architect! Guess this was an excellent way to spend a rainy day. I’m sharing this with my nieces. They love to bake. This is so clever, Mary. Happy Haunting!

  15. October 5, 2015 at 11:08 am

    I am in a candy coma looking at this! My gkids would love it! What a creation, Mary, amazing! I just did a post on my 2 new Nordic ware pans I found at a good price. Time to get ready for National Bundt Day…

  16. Debbie
    October 5, 2015 at 11:57 am

    This absolutely the cutest cake. Love it!

  17. October 5, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    This is adorable and just the right amount of spooky, absolutely love it! Thanks for sharing, Sandi

  18. October 5, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    What an amazing job you’ve done on this haunted castle cake. My granddaughter would absolutely love it! I might try and make this for her, but I would add buttercream frosting to the castle in purple. That’s her favorite color! Everyone needs a little frosting, Right? Thanks for the spooky post!

  19. Melodie Strickland
    October 5, 2015 at 5:48 pm


    What a wonderful imaginative cake!! You are so talented. I couldn’t eat it myself–too much sugar.


  20. October 5, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    This is beyond adorable! I’m temped to make one for my little neighbors :) Great idea, Mary! xo, Andrea

  21. rattlebridge
    October 5, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    The most adorable haunted castle ever, filled with goodies!

  22. October 5, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Wonderful! I have a Gingerbread House bundt pan and will try this…:) A witch’s cottage?

  23. kate
    October 5, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Hi Mary , You are Incredibile , with all your Creations and Photography ! I’m not much of a Baker , but even I am considering making this Cake. Love enjoying your Blog and Hope you and yours are staying Dry and just your Lake filled up. Luv

  24. October 5, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    Oh, I have made a haunted gingerbread house, but the kids would have more fun eating this. Definitely pulling out my castle pans. I just love the black twists you found – those are fabulous. Always so much fun over here at Halloween. We are kindred spirits! Boo!!

  25. Paula
    October 5, 2015 at 8:56 pm


    Adorable, and I love the little bone for the door knob tooooo cute !!!


  26. October 7, 2015 at 10:40 am

    This castle is beyond adorable! You never cease to amaze me!

  27. October 9, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Marry you’re amazing. This is so cute and looks delicious too!

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