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A haunted house layer cake on a black cake stand, with gold candlesticks, black candles and a black tree.

Haunted House Cake

Heather Smoke
A simple but stunning design for a Haunted House Cake, made with an edible sugar sheet pressed onto your frosted cake.
Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12


  • 1 baked cake
  • 1 batch white buttercream
  • edible white or black sugar sheets
  • edible black food coloring markers
  • scissors


Bake the Cake

  • See recipe notes for Chocolate Cake Recipe.
  • Bake and cool the cake. For a tall cake like the one pictured, bake the batter in three 6 inch pans. Once cool, split them in half for a total of 6 layers.

Make the Buttercream

  • See recipe notes for Buttercream Recipe.
  • Prepare the buttercream. You'll need 4x the recipe, made with half butter and half shortening for a very white buttercream.

Assemble the Cake

  • Stack, fill and frost the cake, making the buttercream as smooth as possible.
  • If you'll be transporting the cake, then you'll need to use a cardboard cake circle and wooden dowels for support halfway up as you assemble the cake, as well as a central dowel all the way through the cake layers.
  • Chill the frosted cake thoroughly.

Make the Haunted House

  • Make your haunted house design using the sugar sheets.
  • After cutting out your design, keep it stored flat, inside a plastic ziplock bag to keep it from getting dry and brittle.

Decorate the Cake

  • Take your chilled cake out of the refrigerator.
  • Remove the plastic backing from your haunted house sugar decoration. Brush a little buttercream on the back side of the decoration, then position it on the front of the cake. Gently but firmly press the decoration onto the cake.

Serving and Storing

  • Since the cake was chilled, let it come to room temperature for several hours before serving, since room temperature cake is much better than cold cake.
  • Since the cake is so tall, you may want to only cut halfway down the cake, slice it all around, and then cut the bottom half into slices.
  • Although the sugar sheet is technically edible, it's not a very pleasant texture (like eating paper). Personally, I remove the paper before cutting and serving the cake.
  • Leftover cake should be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Keyword Cake, Halloween, Haunted House, High Altitude