Kids consider their stash of hard-earned Halloween candy sacred, so the concept of leftover candy is a fantasy in a lot of households. Before making spooky desserts like this candy-loaded cake, stock up on extra goods in advance, or hit the post-trick-or-treat sales. Store-bought cake, frosting and brownies can be used as timesavers, or you can make your own. Do frost the cake and brownies yourself, though, because the frosting needs to be wet for the toppings to adhere properly.
An extra-tall stack of Belgian waffles will fulfill the dreams of any breakfast fanatic, and it’s easy enough for your caterer (or a trusted bridesmaid) to DIY. Serve it with creamy European style butter and real maple syrup on the side.
A simple, layered white cake from the grocery store is easily dressed up with candy. To make, place a store-bought cake on a decorative stand. Line starlight mints around the bottom of the cake to create a border. Place extra mints in a plastic bag and crush into pieces using a mallet. With the palm of your hand, push the pieces into the sides of the cake until covered. Finish the top with a few old-fashioned lollipops. Label each dessert with a colorful food label.
Who doesn’t love a good dessert mash-up? This cake consists of yellow sponge layers stacked with vanilla pudding and bananas. A fluffy covering of yellow buttercream and a row of vanilla wafers on top makes the inspiration unmistakable. Some of our other favorites dessert-cake mashups are tiramisu cake, and key lime pie cake.
Cake pops are delicious in any form, but are especially appealing in the shape of adorable gingerbread boys and girls. To make, bake a boxed or homemade cake in a 13-inch by 9-inch pan as directed. Crumble cake and mix with a can of frosting. Form cake mixture into a flat layer and cut out with a mini gingerbread man cookie cutter. Chill the cutouts. Next, dip a lollipop stick into melted chocolate and insert into the cutout to hold the stick in place. Dip the entire cutout in melted chocolate and tap on the side of the bowl to remove excess. Let dry, then decorate with red and white icing. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Monograms are highly favored on all kinds of wedding day details and decor, but there’s none sweeter than a monogram cake! This bright, beautiful version is made with layers of sponge cake and buttercream frosting decorated with edible flowers and sugar pearls. It’s a lovely focal point for wedding receptions, and it’s a great way to celebrate your newly-shared last name!
Plain fondant-covered cakes make great blank canvases for rose gold embellishments. Rose gold luster dust is used to create shimmering sequins and art deco patterns. It’s available for purchase at many cake specialty shops and online. Here we’ve mixed it with clear vanilla extract to create rose gold paint. Art Deco stencils can also be found at your local craft store, and while you’re shopping, pick up a new pack of soft-hair artists’ brushes. You’ll need a kitchen-dedicated set for this project.
These Rudolph-inspired cake pops are sure to delight your little guests. To make, form balls of any baked cake mixture with your hands and chill for about 1 hour, then insert a lollipop stick into each ball and dip in melted chocolate. Chill until set, then decorate with marshmallows, cherries and pretzels. To finish off, insert a striped straw into each stick and decorate with a piece of ribbon. Display them upright in a white container filled with a block of floral foam. Top the container with fake snow and a printable candy jar label.
Plenty of crisp white molding, woodwork and paint look somehow modern when paired with Galasso's thrift store, floor sample and store clearance finds. Here a clever collage of mirrors leading up to her home's second floor makes use of painted white frames for design cohesion.
Kids' favorite party treat — cake balls — get a ghoulish makeover for your Halloween get-together. Just the right size for small hands, these sweet treats made with red velvet cake and cream cheese are sure to get two thumbs up from your favorite trick-or-treaters.