How to Make This Show-Stopping Halloween Cake That Defies Gravity

In the age of Pinterest and Instagram, one cannot simply go through the motions for any holiday, much less for Halloween. But with boundless inspiration at your fingertips (literally), it can be hard to figure out how to make the holiday special and memorable without spending hours at the crafting table or hard at work in the kitchen.

With this simple Halloween cake recipe, you can wow friends and family with both the trick and the treat. Thanks to an ingenious bendable straw covered in frosting (aka, the trick), the bag of M&M’S Ghoul’s Mix candies (aka, the treat) looks as though an invisible hand is pouring it overtop the cake — *insert your own spooky noises here*. This cake isn’t actually defying gravity, but it certainly looks that way.

The flavor of the peanut butter frosting perfectly complements the peanut M&M’S, while the light color of the cake is the perfect canvas for the seasonal Ghoul’s Mix candy colors of purple, orange and vibrant green.


Gravity-Defying M&M’S Halloween Cake

Serves: 20

Prep time: 10 minutes  | Cook time: appx. 40 minutes | Inactive time: appx. 30 minutes | Build time: 20  | Total time: appx. 1 hour 40 minutes


    • 1 box of boxed chocolate cake mix (plus the ingredients the box mix calls for)
    • 1 ½ cup butter, softened
    • 1 ½ cup peanut butter, creamy
    • 5 cups powdered sugar
    • ½- ¾ cup heavy cream
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 1 bag of M&M’S Ghoul’s Mix candies


    Chocolate Cake:

        1. Follow package directions for boxed cake mix. You can either use two 9” cake rounds or three 6” cake rounds.
        2. You’ll want to make sure to divide evenly between cake rounds and grease the pans well. Once the cakes are done baking, allow cakes to cool to room temperature before frosting (approx. 15 minutes).

      Peanut Butter Frosting: