Pumpkin Spice Ghost Cake

Pumpkin Spice Ghost Cake
Makes:
12
servings
Prep Time:
25
minutes
Total Time:
90
minutes
based on 802 reviews
10
Surprise your trick-or treaters with this hauntingly-good pumpkin spice cake with a rich cream cheese frosting.

In this recipe:

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Ingredients:

  • CAKE
  • 1 pkg. (18 oz.) spice or carrot cake mix
  • 1 cup LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
  • 2 pkgs. (3 oz. each) cream cheeese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons margarine or butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • *Black string licorice, NESTLÉ RAISINETS Milk Chocolate-Covered Raisins and Halloween candy corn (optional)

Directions:

FOR CAKE:
PREHEAT
oven to 350º F. Grease and flour two 8- or 9-inch-round cake pans.

COMBINE cake mix, pumpkin, eggs, water, vegetable oil and pumpkin pie spice in large mixer bowl until moistened. Beat for 2 minutes or until thoroughly mixed. Pour batter into prepared pans.

BAKE for 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting.

FOR CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
BEAT
cream cheese, margarine and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in sugar. Spread between layers and on top and side of cake.

TO GARNISH:
FORM
licorice strings into ghost shapes; press into side of frosted cake. Use Raisinets for eyes. Arrange candy corn between ghosts on side and around top edge of frosted cake.


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Sandy Hebert from RESERVE, LA

Great recipe, my god child loved the candy crn toppings and it was so easy to do.

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    Dry

    L Rich from Seattle

    This recipe as it's written makes a batter more like frosting. I put it in the pan and couldn't even get it to spread out, it just stayed where ever it was moved to. I quickly added several blobs of butter - at 3/4 of a stick and baked it for 35 minutes. The taste is ok, but it's VERY dry.

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    Excellent

    Leslie from BELLFLOWER, CA

    This is such a good cake, you can make it all year round, just changing the decoration for the season.

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    Delicious!

    Diane McSweeney from Federal Way, WA

    Instead of ghosts, snowmen would be great and then this would be a good recipe throughout the winter! Yum!

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    Excellent Cake!

    Crystal Beckman from New Bedford, MA

    This cake was very easy to make and tasted amazing! Though I did not add as much sugar as the receipe called for the frosting. Still very good.

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    Pumpkin Spice Cake

    Pam Hennessey from BELTON, MO

    I love this cake! I have made it a couple of times now and someone always wants the recipe. We like a little more cream cheese flavor so I cut back on the sugar a little and add some extra cream cheese.

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    Anniversary delight

    Melissa Maeyama from Pleasant Hill, CA

    I made this cake for my in-laws anniversary and they loved it. It was a hit with everyone. I did not use the ghost decorations, but the cake and cream cheese frosting were wonderful!

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    Pumpkin Spice Ghost Cake

    Virginia Braddy from Hobgood, NC

    This cake was very easy to bake. I was intimidated by the decorations as I am not very crafty. It turned out OK and looked like a child did the decorating but it was still delicious! I love spice cakes and I love anything with pumpkin in it so it was a winner!

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    Ghost Cake

    Sandy Hebert from RESERVE, LA

    Great recipe, my god child loved the candy crn toppings and it was so easy to do.

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    NOT AFRAID OF GHOSTS

    Mary Adobato from Wilmington, NC

    The parents at our PTA meeting loved this cake. the taste was wonderfull. Wanted the recipe for their party on Saturday. I will make this again. thanks for recipe.

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    Great!

    Janell Reynolds from PAGOSA SPRINGS, CO

    So refreshing, fun, and yummy

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    Perfect

    PAUL KNOWLES from Chattanooga, TN

    A coworker made this after seeing it as my background image on my computer. It disappeared in a couple of hours, just as you would expect of a ghost.

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    delicious

    Tammie Baker from Charlotte Court House, VA

    This sounds wonderful!!!! Can't wait to try it.

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    not a favorite

    Catherine #Null# from Chester NY

    This cake came out a little dry

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    yummy yummy

    donna boyd from Manteca, CA

    this was easy and very tasty..my grandkids loved it. and the kids next door. we had a halloween treat earily.

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    realy good

    ranjita chaudhary from muzaffarnagar(U.P.)INDIA, IN

    its a real creativity

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    Yummy Spicey Good

    Gale Fleischer from Youngstown, OH

    This was very tasty and satisfied my spice cake quench. It was very easy to decorate too.

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    Makes a GOOD Birthday cake too!

    T Reamey from Richmond, VA

    I just ran across this recipe and even though it's April I made it for my mother-n-laws birthday anyway. This cake is "TOO GOOD" to have only one season a year. I made it as a sheet cake and used the Carrot cake mix (omitted the halloween toppings-just did plain icing). Topped with birthday candles and served it at my mother-n-laws birthday gathering. Everyone loved it and I got request for the recipe. Spoke with my mother-in-law later that night on the phone, and she said Great Grandaddy had just finished a third piece. Made it three times now, everytime I've used the Carrot cake mix. SO GOOD!!! I'll try it with Spice cake mix one day! Thanks for such a good recipe ( it was simple too!).

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    I love this cake!!

    CYN JURGENS from Lincoln, NE

    I can't say enough about it. I simply love it! We don't just make it at halloween, we jazz it up with different things. Like carrots on top for garnish, or coconut sometimes just to be different.

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    New Years Desert

    Elizabeth Halfman from DAVENPORT, IA

    I added about a cup of chopped dates and a half of cup chopped pecans to the cake recipe. My guest said it was a wonderful addition. Don't forget cream cheese icing. Decorate to fit the occasion or celebration

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    Pumpkin Spice Cake

    DOROTHY ANTHONY from WEBB CITY, MO

    I made this cake as a sheet cake with pecans on top for Sunday School Class. It was a big hit, everyone loved it.

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    loved this

    PATRICIA HIGHT from FARMERSVILLE, CA

    I made this for my family they couldnt bleave I made it didnt last long at all. I plan on making it as a regular cake for thanks giving

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    Pumpkin Spice Ghost Cake

    Ruth Minsk-Whitehead from OCALA, FL

    Easy to make and just tooo cute. Tastes great and the kids will love it.

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    Great cake for a fall birthday

    Melinda Peele-Caldwell from New Castle, DE

    I made this cake for my daughter's birthday. It was a real hit with every one. It was very moist and the cream cheese frosting sets it off nicely! I would make this cake again for any fall holiday/birthday.

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    ghost cake

    Lynette Ryals from OMAHA, NE

    This cake is so much fun to work with the kids and put together for a great halloween treat. We, my daughter and I, made this cake last year at halloween for a party she was invited to. Everyone loved the decoration and cake. All the Moms loved it too and several asked me for the recipe. We had a lot of fun making it and my daughter was the hit of the party.

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    gone in minutes

    CAROL DUBLIN from BLOOMINGDALE, IL

    This cake was delicious. I did not frost it as a ghost, but used the same frosting. I brought it into work, and it was gone in a matter of minutes. Everyone loved it. Definitely will make it again.

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    Pumpkin Ghost Cake

    Nancy Corti from HOOKSETT, NH

    I made this cake for a halloween party. Recipe was easy to follow. I drew a spider web on the top for decoration. Cake looked great but I didn't think it tasted enough of the pumpkin as I thought it would. Got good raves from the guests that tried it.

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    Excellent cake

    Wendy Mercier from Avondale, LA

    I made this cake twice and everyone loved it. I'm going to make another for Thanksgiving!!!!!!

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    Lovin it!

    Heather Pederson from SAFFORD, AZ

    I'm enjoying all these Pumpkin recipes but this cake was SO SO GOOD! I like my pumpkin goodies on the spicy side so I upped the spices a littel bit. The kids thought it was funner than pumpkin bread cause of the icing and decorations. Thx for yet another YUMMY recipe!

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    not bad

    Brandon Byrne from De Pere, WI

    This was almost as good as the pumpkin roll but not quite. Still very goood tho

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    Skip the icing

    Samantha Rhodes from Tampa, FL

    The cake itself was fantastic but the icing is way too sweet. I'd suggest halving the amount of powdered sugar (keep the same amount of cream cheese, butter & vanilla) or skipping it all together and making it into a bunt cake.

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    Fun, fun, fun

    Evonne Robertson from Fraser, MI

    It was a lot of fun to make and eat. If I just made a spice cake most of my family wouldn't even try it. But with the way it was decorated they all tried it and loved it.

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    Pumpkin Spice Ghost Cake

    Jessica Coutu from Mount Airy, NC

    This cake was easy to make and so yummy. It is very moist and light and the pumpkin added a delicate flavor to the basic spice cake. I was pleasantly surprised at how flavorful it was. It has become one of my favorite cake recipes.

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    Pumpkin spice ghost cake

    Edie Hughes from Roswell, NM

    this was good, but had to add more water to make it moist.

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    Pumpkin Spice Ghost Cake

    Iva Bartell from OREGON, IL

    My daughter made this for her halloween party. It was a great hit, so very moist and great taste. Helped her decorate the cake, was lots of fun. Will be making this soon for Thanksgiving, with out the ghost.

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    Perfect end to a Meal

    Lisa Liston from SAINT BERNARD, OH

    I made this cake the weekend before Halloween for a get-together with my husband's new coworker and some other people. The frosting was delicious. Everyone dove right in and enjoyed the flavors. The little bit that was left went into work and my husband said it was gone before the second shift guys came in. Thanks for a great Fall recipe.

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    Light and delicious

    Eileen Chiachetti from WHITE PLAINS, NY

    I was so pleased with this recipe. The cake is light, moist, and tasty. I'm a from-the-can kind of icing maker, but this time I tried the scratch version. I was worried that it would be difficult, but I spent a little time whipping the cream cheese to be sure it was soft and creamy, and the powdered sugar blended in easily. My whole family loves this cake, and I will definitely make it again.

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    pumpkin ghost spice cake

    christine ekleberry from DURAND, MI

    My husband LOVES spice cake and this is just perfect!!! As my granddaughter had a birthday on the 28th, this was a wonderful way to do both the holiday, her birthday, and keep grandpa happy. Great Cake!!!!

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    Crowd Pleaser

    Bonnie Coleman from ROCHESTER, NY

    Even folks who are not crazy about spice cakes went back for 2nds with this cake!! Easy and fun to bake! I was expecting some as a snack later in the evening, but..... I will be making it again and again.

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    Ghostly Cake

    Alison Phillips from ANNANDALE, VA

    I did this cake in a 9 x 13 pan instead to make it easier. I thought it was a little heavy cake but it was good. I loved the cream cheese frosting! I could have eaten it by itself :)

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    made it w/a slight diff. look

    ALAINA FURGERSON from ARLINGTON, TX

    I made this in a bundt pan, tinted the icing orange and made it look like a pumpkin. GREAT! It's going to be made for thanksgiving too. YUM

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    Pumpkin Spice Ghost Cake

    Ruth Minsk-Whitehead from OCALA, FL

    My friend made this cake for a Fund Raiser. The cake disappeared so fast. People kept coming back to the table asking if there was more. Moist, tastes terrific and the aroma is heavenly.

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    Excellent

    marcie zellers from riverview, FL

    This cake was so good that it went within 15 min at my luncheon at work, people were asking for more. Will definitely bake this again.

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    Pumpkin Spice Ghost Cake

    C. Becker from

    Excellent........family loved this cake. Used Halloween Sprinkles to top this cake, looked great.....tasted great.

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    A great halloween dessert

    Elaine Allen from ASHLAND, KY

    I just love Halloween and this recipe is just perfect for all the parties. Not only does it help "set the mood" it is so good and so easy to make.

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    Pumpkin Spice Cake

    Debbye Trueman from FRONT ROYAL, VA

    I made this cake yesterday for my family. They loved it. It was very moist and fluffy. I added a little more pumpkin and a little extra spice than what this recipe called for. This is a keeper and another wonderful recipe for my recipe box.

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    Tasty

    Christina Littleton from Garland, TX

    I usually do not like pumpkin but this recipe is very good and easy.

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    Great

    Autumn Thomas from JONESBORO, GA

    This was very good, i added apple sauce in the mix for a little added flavor.

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    pumpkin spice ghost cake

    dianne carroll from lubbock, TX

    this cake was easy to make and tasted delicious. It stayed together well.

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    Pumpkin spice cake

    Maria Tesler from DELRAY BEACH, FL

    Delicious!!! This cake is very moist and flavorful!!! I made it for a party and evryone asked for the recipe!

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    Pumpkin spice cake

    JENNIFER WILSON from baltimore, MD

    Very good.. Easy to make! Cake baked beautifully!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/12 of recipe

Servings Per Recipe: 12 

  • Calories: 450
  • Calories from Fat: 150
  • Total Fat: 16g (25% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 6g (28% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 70mg (23% of DV)
  • Sodium: 420mg (17% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 73g (24% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 2g (7% of DV)
  • Sugars: 59g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Vitamin A: 50% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 0% of DV
  • Calcium: 4% of DV
  • Iron: 6% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Pumpkin Spice Ghost Cake

Ingredients

  • CAKE
  • 1 pkg. (18 oz.) spice or carrot cake mix
  • 1 cup LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
  • 2 pkgs. (3 oz. each) cream cheeese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons margarine or butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • *Black string licorice, NESTLÉ RAISINETS Milk Chocolate-Covered Raisins and Halloween candy corn (optional)

 

Directions

FOR CAKE:
PREHEAT
oven to 350º F. Grease and flour two 8- or 9-inch-round cake pans.

COMBINE cake mix, pumpkin, eggs, water, vegetable oil and pumpkin pie spice in large mixer bowl until moistened. Beat for 2 minutes or until thoroughly mixed. Pour batter into prepared pans.

BAKE for 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting.

FOR CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
BEAT
cream cheese, margarine and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in sugar. Spread between layers and on top and side of cake.

TO GARNISH:
FORM
licorice strings into ghost shapes; press into side of frosted cake. Use Raisinets for eyes. Arrange candy corn between ghosts on side and around top edge of frosted cake.

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