Pumpkin Spice Ghost Cake

Level: Intermediate
Prep Time: 25 min
Cook Time: 35 min
Cooling Time: 30 min
Yields: 12 servings


Surprise your trick-or treaters with this hauntingly-good pumpkin spice cake with a rich cream cheese frosting.


  • 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
  • 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)


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.

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.

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.


by L. L , Seattle on Nov. 2010

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.


by L. , BELLFLOWER, CA on Feb. 2010

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


by D. Diane , Federal Way, WA on Dec. 2009

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

Excellent Cake!

by C. Crystal , New Bedford, MA on Dec. 2008

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.

Pumpkin Spice Cake

by P. Pam , BELTON, MO on Nov. 2008

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.

Anniversary delight

by M. Melissa , Pleasant Hill, CA on Nov. 2008

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!

Pumpkin Spice Ghost Cake

by V. Virginia , Hobgood, NC on Nov. 2008

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!

Ghost Cake

by S. Sandy , RESERVE, LA on Oct. 2008

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


by M. Mary , Wilmington, NC on Oct. 2008

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.


by J. Janell , PAGOSA SPRINGS, CO on Oct. 2008

So refreshing, fun, and yummy