How to Make a Ghost Cake

Written by leslie kasperowicz
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How to Make a Ghost Cake
Bake a ghost cake for your next Halloween party. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Ghosts are a traditional part of any Halloween celebration, a spooky symobol of the holiday spirit. Whether you are throwing a Halloween party for adults or for children, a ghost cake will be the centrepiece of your Halloween table and requires only basic baking tools. Even with little baking and cake decorating experience, you can create a ghost cake that is sure to impress all the ghouls and goblins who come trick or treating on Halloween.

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Things you need

  • White cake boxed mix
  • 9-by-13 inch cake pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Scissors
  • Non-stick spray
  • Baking tray
  • Aluminium foil
  • Knife
  • White frosting
  • Black decorating frosting

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  1. 1

    Pre-heat the oven to the temperature indicated on the cake mix box. Mix the cake batter according to package directions.

  2. 2

    Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the bottom of the cake pan. Place it inside, and then spray the entire inside of the cake pan with non stick spray. Pour the cake mix into the pan and bake according to the package directions.

  3. 3

    When cake is done, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool in the pan. When the surface of the cake and the bottom of the pan are both cool to the touch, place a baking tray lined with foil upside down over the cake pan. Turn the whole thing upside down so that the cake pan winds up facing down. Carefully lift the cake pan off so that the cake comes out onto the baking tray. Peel off the parchment paper from the bottom of the cake and discard it.

  4. 4

    Round off one end of the cake to form the top of the ghost with a knife. Then cut out a zigzag pattern on the other end of the cake.

  5. 5

    Frost the entire cake with the white frosting. Squeeze two circles next to each other near the top of the cake to form the ghost's eyes. Below the eyes, create a larger oval shape in black frosting to form the ghost's mouth.

Tips and warnings

  • You can ensure your cake is done by inserting a wooden toothpick. The cake is done when it comes out clean.
  • A piping bag and decorating tips will allow you to make a more creative face for your ghost.
  • The dye in black frosting can stain hands and clothing, so use caution and wear an apron and latex gloves if desired.

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