Looking for a standout centrepiece for your Halloween party? Take your pick from these awesome bakes
Whether you’re having a Halloween party for the grown-ups or one for the kids, it won’t be the same without one of these show-stopping cakes. And, unlike many of the grotesque creations on the internet made out of mountains of sculptured icing, you don’t need to be a professional baker to make them. Good stuff.
Stick a knife into it to up the drama…
Even if you've got arachnophobia, you have to admit these biscuit spiders look pretty cute.
We can't help but feel watched…
Possibly the most indulgent cake ever. We'd choose this over apple bobbing any day.
Who could fail to be impressed by four layers of delectable sponge?
Unleash your inner artist by drawing a chocolate cat on to your cheesecake before baking – don't worry, there's a free clipart template to help.
Something terrible went on here. Fortunately you can eat the evidence!
Stylish and spooky – if you bake one thing this Halloween, make sure it's this.
Cover a plain sponge cake with vanilla buttercream, chill for 30 minutes then cover with a small amount of cooled chocolate ganache so it drips down over the edge. Top with mini meringue ghosts.
As you bake the pumpkin bit of the cake in the microwave and use ready-to-roll icing to decorate, this spooktacular bake is much easier than it looks.
Scare the living daylights out of your guests when you cut into this cake and allow dozens of spiders to come crawling out. Once you get over the shock, the cake is pretty darn tasty too, which is certainly a bonus.
This looks ghoulishly complicated, but is actually totally achievable for anyone who's ever mucked around with Playdoh.
This is stupidly easy and only requires a but of artistry with some Oreo biscuits and small sugar-coated chocolates, like Minstrels or Smarties. Definitely one for the kids – or their slightly inept parents – to try.
It should be illegal for a Frankenstein to be quite this cute.
This is so effective considering the main bulk of the decoration is achieved by spilling some brightly coloured icing on some darker coloured icing. Easily achievable, in other words, no matter how little time you have.