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Perfect Pumpkin Cakes: For Halloween and Beyond


As we give up the sunny days of summer, nature presents bright orange pumpkins to cheer us up. Much like with zucchini, there is an endless bounty to be made from these winter gourds. Here is a spiced pumpkin cake that is absolutely delicious and needs no adornment to be appreciated. But decorate it like a sugar pumpkin and it becomes a centerpiece for any fall holiday table; the addition of the words “Trick” and “Treat” turn these cakes into perfect Halloween desserts.

Halloween Pumpkin Cake

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Hump Day Snack: Cerebral Halloween Treat

Any idea what this noggin-inspired Halloween treat is sculpted from? If you guessed red velvet cake, you’d be dead wrong. This brainy dessert is actually an intricately carved whole watermelon that requires peeling the green skin off before carving away at the rind to create a squiggly pattern. Sure it might take a few hours with a vegetable peeler and paring knife to produce, but no doubt that your dentist will thank you when you serve it to your kids in place of extra sugar. If you’re hosting a more grown-up group, get a little gory and hack it up with a hatchet or mallet a la that melon-smashing maniac comedian Gallagher.

Get started on this fruity think tank by clicking here, then make a spooky statement with some of Cooking Channel’s best Halloween treats below.

Show Off Your Best Halloween Treats

We want you to show us your best Halloween food photos. Upload your spooky sweets with our easy sharing tool and your ghoulish grub might be featured in a Cooking Channel Halloween gallery. Browse some of the creepiest submissions to date to get inspired for this year’s fright fest.

The Five Best Candies to Get on Halloween

Paul F. Tompkins

5) SMARTIES. These tiny discs of concentrated sugar contain enough tartness to serve as a perfect palate cleanser between your milk-chocolate-and-caramel courses.

4) BUTTERFINGER. Whatever the substance in this bar is that bonds like Gorilla Glue to your teeth makes this hearty treat last way, way longer than any other chocolate bar. You are done with it before it’s done with you. ACCEPTABLE SUBSTITUTE: Clark Bar.

3) MILKY WAY MIDNIGHT. The candy bar that brought grown-up elegance to Hallowe’en. The hint of dark chocolate sophistication practically forces you to extend your pinky whilst gorging.

2) CANDY CORN. Not because it’s good. Because it’s not. What is this, the Great Depression? Why are we eating this brightly colored Appalachian wax? I’ll tell you why: because if you knew no pain, you’d never know joy. You eat candy corn because it’s there, and you can’t stop yourself. It’s still, thanks in large part to its name, TECHNICALLY candy. But when you eat some of the top-shelf stuff after a handful of these sad shapes, you appreciate the effort made by huge, faceless corporations.

1) REESE’S PEANUT BUTTER CUPS. For my money, the undisputed King of All Hallow’s Eve. Not the two-disc sleeve, not the miniatures in gold foil (the sweet-to-savory ratio is WAY off on those), I speak of the individual cups. And the packaging is ORANGE. Intelligent design? A case could be made!

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Rock This Look: Nadia’s Halloween Special

Rock This Look: Bitchin' Halloween Special

It was a dark and stormy night, and you could swear you heard sounds coming from your kitchen. Was it the ghost of dinners past, a zombie gnawing on your leftovers or — gasp! — a horrible DIY costume from last year that just won’t die?! Look, Halloween is just about the only time you’re “allowed” to pass off a bed sheet for an outfit, but that doesn’t mean you have to.

Sure, costumes are fun, but if you’re going to have a sophisticated celebration this year, take some cues from Nadia G’s Halloween Special attire, then break out that badass Iron Man suit when the sun goes down.

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Hocus Pocus Halloween Party Menu

Hocus Pocus Halloween Party Menu from Cooking Channel

Don’t deny it: You get as excited as we do when promos for Hocus Pocus start popping up all over the airwaves.

Not only is Hocus Pocus the best Halloween movie of all time (comment below if you agree or disagree), but it also gave us this Halloween party gem: A spell-binding performance from (soon to star on Glee) Bette Midler.

“Thank you, Max, for the maaaarvelous introduction.”

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Call your friends, light the black-flame candle, and drink the witch’s brew: We’ve got the best Hocus Pocus Halloween Party menu to knock your friends off of their broomsticks. 

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Sifted: Halloween Oreo Recipes + Wacky Pizza Inventions

Halloween Cookies and Cream Ice Cream by Amy Bites

5 Hot Links We’re Loving:

  1. Who says ice cream is only for the summer? Amy Bites’ cookies and cream ice cream with Halloween Oreos is both festive and tasty. Plus, ice cream is always a good idea.
  2. Speaking of Oreos, this frozen hot chocolate recipe by Lauren’s Latest is the real-deal.  The name may seem contradictory, but it will make absolute sense once you try it.
  3. Pumpkin pie spice is in high demand during autumn. Sweet Remedy shows you how make your own, using ingredients already in your pantry.
  4. Jazz up your favorite pancake batter to make Everyday Southwest’s recipe for pumpkin pancakes with cajeta de leche.
  5. Pizza Sleeping Bag: Use or Lose? Buzzfeed rounded up “14 Groundbreaking Pizza Inventions.”

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Sifted: A Scandalous Butter Comedy + Spooky Halloween Recipes

Jennifer Garner stars in new comedy Butter

5 Hot Links We’re Loving:

  1. Butter-sculpting is in fact a real competition at the Iowa State Fair, and Jennifer Garner’s newest comedy shows just how intense the dairy sport can be. Seriously, it’s a “3-D re-creation of DaVinci’s Last Supper” kind of extreme. – Tasting Table
  2. There are tons of beer recipes around the blogs right now and we’re totally okay with that. Ezra Pound Cake’s beer cheese soup is high on our to-do list.
  3. Bakers Royale puts an American twist on the classic French macaron by adding Snickers.
  4. This football Sunday, grab a beer and try Domestic Fits pizza stuffed pretzel rolls.
  5. Hungry Happenings shows you how to add a touch of Halloween whimsy to your appetizers. All it takes is food coloring, a spooky stamp and a delicious recipe.

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  • Get festive this October with our fun and frightful Halloween recipes.
  • Looking for more ways to sneak your favorite candy bars into dessert? Bake them into a brownie!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween

Remember: Forget the trick and go for treat.

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Leftover Halloween Candy Ideas

halloween candy bark

Peanut Butter Lovers' Candy Bark

There’s going to be a lot of candy around. Either you’ll have bought too much and there weren’t enough trick-or-treaters. Or you’ll have your own trick-or-treaters’ loot to deal with for the next month. OR you went to the drug store on Halloween day and were tempted by the 75% off sale, you loaded up your basket and now you have 300 fun-size Snickers on your counter. So what are you going to do with all of it? Before everyone eats all of the good stuff, make a new treat out of plain old Halloween candy.

When I ended up with too much Easter candy last year, I made  Leftover Easter Candy Bark — it’s a super easy way to recycle the candy you’re sick of into something totally new, and it works just as well with Halloween candy. It’s also a fun trick to break out at a party; it will look way more impressive than the wrapped-up candy in the bowl, but really, it’s pretty much the same thing. Plus, it’s an appropriate and grown up way to enjoy all of your favorite candy at once, without shoving a bunch of mini candy bars into your mouth.

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